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The Spanish translation of Cavatina is ‘the best in you’. Welcome to the Cuchina Grill Bar run by Avinash and Tiz Martins in the heart of Benaulim. Drive by the rural by lanes, en route to Taj Exotica, in a place called Mesmeric Sunsets. The restaurant décor has shades of beige and black and vibrant picturesque artwork on the walls. As you witness the chef's creativity at work, you are enveloped with a feeling of great expectation. Make haste and start with the Ahi (Hawaiian) Tuna Tataki (Japanese)- sashimi (thin slices) of grade tuna spiced with wasabi, crusted with pepper and spice served with an avocado salad. The sweet and s[ice flavours transport you to a different realm. Indulge in prawns galore with the A la Mexicana Prawns and the Tempura Crumb-fried Prawns stuffed with avocado and cheese. The mains lay in the Cavatina's Surf and Turf Skewer - the fish and meats come hanging on a skewer over a plate of seafood pilaf. For the sweet tooth, the Italian Seduction is a creative composition of Tiramisu with a Caramel Walnut Torte and Vanilla Ice Cream.
Rarely in life does one get a chance to eat at a Resturant which food is consistently and awesome. The starters Goan chorizo and prawn cigar, bacon ham and cheese boat and bruschetta were delicious. The mains consisting of Belgian pork belly and platter was wonderful.
Visited cavatina restaurant a week back along with my family and kids. Right from the moment we entered the restaurant you were made to feel at home . The restaurant is very cosy and comfortable and is owned by a couple Avinash and tiz who used to be part of the Oberoi group of hotels . Perfection in want they believe and deliver is actually seen in everything they do. We opted to go for Goan tapas menu which was Small portion of Goan inspired food in different style from around the globe. The smoked mackerel which came on bed of hay was absolutely stunning. The croquettes of semolina was another dish that really stood out and was most unexpected. Everything they did showed love and passion even the breads were made inhouse with local toddy and served with a tomato olive salsa and some crumbled feta on the side was stunning. Chef Avinash came to our table to explain every course and was such a delight to have him explain every dish to us . We had some fantastic discussion on food and drinks as the evening passed. To an extend When I had asked him about the local Portuguese bakery which are very famous in Goa and keep their recipe well guarded he drove me to a old bakery close to his restaurant to show me around which was very kind of him . Not to mention tiz who was equally gracious and ensuring that every guest was comfortable in the restaurant Like to end by saying that if Michelin star rating was in India cavatina would be the first restaurant to get it in Goa.
We found this restaurant by chance on our last day. What a lovely restaurant! Food was delicious and cocktails great. It's a bit more up market than some of the other restaurants in the area but still very good value for money.
Excellent food and cocktails. I had an great steak and it was cooked to perfection. Rare as I like. My wife had a wonderful greek salad. Staff was very friendly as well. We will be back next season.
Visited here on three occasions on our visit to Goa, exceptionally good food and service every time. So not miss this gem if you visit the area.
There are few places in Goa that has the capacity to stun your taste buds. Amongst the seafood shacks and your fun bars, there resides handful of wonderful restaurants, which has become the very epitome of creativity and gastronomic excellence. If you desire for something outstanding this holiday while in Goa, we suggest you make way for the town’s favourite dining destination ‘Cavatina Cuchina’ in Salcette. Run by an avid foodie couple Avinash and Tiz Martins, this lovely serene eatery instantly grabs your culinary imagination with its superb menu. Keep an eye out for this place en route to Taj Exotica and we promise you, you will not be disappointed. This local haunt is filled up really quickly so it will be wiser to book ahead with them. Your search for a gastronomic haven comes to an end with Cavatina Cuchina.
The restaurant believes in dabbling in different cuisines at the same time, which is why their menu is quite eclectic and varied. From desi North Indian to Italian to Thai and Chinese, everything popular is targeted here. The owners have paid a lot of attention to their menu and have made it a point to be striking with it. They do serve alcohol, call for that Feni or a nice bottle of merlot to complement your meal. We really like two things about the menu. First, the wellness section, which comes with several delicious healthy dishes and second, the page dedicated to glossary terms so you know what you are eating. Start with, pork gyoza, tenderloin carpaccio, horiatiki, lobster bisque and ahi tuna & salmon sashimi. Follow that with mains like, del mar fettuccini, Moroccan kibbeh and Tia Bella’s seafood paella.
Menu is pretty extensive. You won’t run out of options. We suggest you go in with an appetite, this is that kind of place. The chef runs with the dessert section and brings in some local flavour as well. Pick up that fork and dig into, banoffee pie, sobremesas, choco lava cake, sundae, baked blueberry cheesecake and seradura. This surprising delightful find in Goa comes with a lovely ambience to go with their excellent multi-cuisine menu. The indoor seating area is pleasantly furnished in soft beige tone with several large windows pouring in the abundant Goan sunshine. For a romantic relaxing time, ask to be seated in their tranquil outdoor section where you can dine with sand beneath your feet and palms over your head. Cavatina is not too expensive either.