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A picture perfect setting in the midst of the stately homes in Campal lies a serendipitous café – Black Vanilla. If one had to summarise it in two words, they would be experimental and diverse. Enter into a cosy yet rustic ambience with quaint ‘loft’ styled windows, and niche seating. The cabinets, as one enters, showcase the cuisines on offer – French and European. The burger section has a choice of whole wheat or multigrain bagel bun. Take your pick from the blackened carrot and beetroot burger or a sunflower seed burger with grilled vegetables and halloumi cheese. Do not leave without the prawn and calamari Caesar salad followed by the mac and cheese. Too hot to handle? Quench your thirst with a range of iced teas infused with fruit flavours – strawberry, hazelnut, lemon or peach.
Most of the people when visiting Goa comes with intention to party and to taste the thrilling nightlife the city is so famous for. Nevertheless, there are people who look beyond the rave parties and beach clubs to a place where the constant sound of waves acts as a relaxing balm to your frayed nerves. Once you leave beyond the nightlife of Goa you will find the city an excellent place to unwind and recharge your battery. Walk past those loud eateries where party never stops and slip into this cozy welcoming café for a pleasant peaceful time sans booze. Called ‘Black Vanilla’ by residents in Panaji, where the café is located, the eatery enjoys a picturesque backdrop of this beautiful heritage locality. Its placed bang opposite Kala Academy Campal on DB Road, keep an eye out.
The menu of Black Vanilla keeps in mind the diverse palate of Goan diners. They step away from the conventional suspects you see on most Goan menus by focusing entirely on French and European cuisines. Their food is experimental and diverse, a fact that shines throughout the menu. What we specifically like is the OFS concept i.e. make your Own Freaking Salad. You can compile a salad of your choice from a great selection of toppings offered by them. Open your day with a hearty breakfast at Black Vanilla. Pair your glass of muskmelon juice with a bowl of cereal or granola bars or fresh seasonal fruits. It will keep you energized throughout the day. For a bit more filling fare, opt for a delicious sunflower seed burger with grilled veggies or classic pepperoni pizza. Something delectable from their sandwich section will do fabulously.
There are some really interesting fillings to be tried in burger and sandwich section. To beat the Goan sun ask for a blueberry iced tea or cool ginger ale. Coffee lovers can enjoy a cup of coffee with their sandwiches. A thick oreo shake or a brownie shake can take care of your ever-craving sweet tooth. Prices are surprisingly affordable at Black Vanilla. Indulge thoroughly and freely. The dining area at Black Vanilla sprawls across two floors. Sturdy wooden tables flanked by couple of colourful metal chairs are dotted around the room on both levels. A bookshelf loaded with reading material can be browsed through for a quiet time. Ambience is casual, tranquil and relaxing.