A trip to Goa is what you can expect through this Goan Food festival at Hyatt Regency… Take a drive down the beaches, sample some of the fresh seafood, or maybe grab a beer and dig into the veg biryani and the mushroom gravy at one of the cozy cafes, you will find them all here amidst the lavish buffet at Spice Haat in Hyatt Regency. And this festival is on till the 14th Sep only… So, here is your chance to taste the flavours of Goa and meet the Chef who has come down for the festival!!
The evening opened with an introduction to the Chef- Chef Edridge Vaz and his take on Goan food. He spoke about how North & South Goa have completely different set of spices and flavours, some are spicy while others are quite mild and simple. There are a few which are made with Peri-Peri sauces, while others use basic ones to achieve the same flavours.
The meal kicked off with a Mocktail, perfect for the warm evening following which came the three starters- 2 non veg and 1 veg.. I being the solo veggie in the group got to taste the vegetable Jeri -Meri, which was quite nice and made with a mix of veggies. The guys dug into the Peri-Peri prawns and Rava Fried calamari happily.
For the main course, we were told the Goan dishes were part of the regular buffet except they had a distinguishing name card with a small image of Goa on it. There were a few veg and non veg dishes.. Almost all were quite mild, simple flavours, and a touch of coconut/coconut milk on them as well.
The highlight of the evening were the desserts- the layered Bibinca [is a type of pudding and a traditional Goan, East Indian and Mangalorean dessert. Traditional Bebinca has 16 layers], Dodol [ an halwa of sorts made with black jaggery & rice flour] and the rice pancake with black jaggery +coconut filling with a drizzle of honey and roasted almonds around it, called Alle Belle.. I washed it all down with some coffee before calling it a night!
Sussegado – Just Like Goa! is part of the dinner buffet at Spice Haat which is priced at Rs 1550/- plus taxes. This food festival is on upto 14th of September as a part of the Dinner buffet at Spice Haat.
Disclaimer: The reviews posted on this blog are based on my personal experience. Also remember these were just my views!! Remember, no two palates are the same. Bon Appétit 🙂