It is not every day that you meet someone so humble and inspiring! She went on to talk about the dishes, how in Goa there were 3 major communities each with a different set of spices and palettes. As we were chatting away, we were served not one but 2 mocktails, refreshing indeed.. Since I was the only veg in the group, I had to wait for my starters to arrive. The Canapes that arrived were yumm- I quite loved the soft crisp cups and the flavour filled veggies within it. It was topped with mayo+onions. After that came the tandoor paneer which was alright [ felt the paneer was tad dry and chewy]. From there, I made a beeline towards the buffet where I sampled some of the dishes. There were not too many Goan dishes there, esp in Veg section, apart from the Daal, which was alright. Quite liked the Cauliflower starter and the baby potatoes tossed in herbs. As for the other dishes they were from the usual buffet…
Since I had to leave early,I quickly raced across to the Dessert counter and grabbed a bibinca [ a layered dessert famous in Goa] which was good [have had it before and so knew what to expect in terms of taste and texture]. I do wish they had served us Kokum juice instead of the regular mocktails and the place was done up with some Goan touches.
The highlight of the evening apart from meeting the Chef were the 2 singers. They were amazing. Dressed in Goan attire, they came over and belted out quite a few numbers, having us tapping our feet. It sure added to the evening. The one song they sang that still plays in my head is the Makanaka Song..
Video Clip recorded at the venue
The Chef was sweet enough to extend an open invitation to us to stay with her and enjoy Goa and the cuisine with her… Well, it has been 5 years since my last visit and me thinks it is about time I made another plan!!
The Festival is on from 28 May – 8 June.
The buffet is priced at Rs1000 inclusive of all taxes per person.
For children between 7-12 years of age, it is Rs 600/- inclusive of all taxes per child and for children below 6 years, it is complimentary.
The Residency Towers,
115, North Boag Road,
Chennai – 600017
To make your reservations call 2815 6363 today!