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It is earthy, open and naturalistic. Mayur Dhond has a restaurant in his own backyard Edward's Yard, nostalgically named after the caretaker who took care of the family. Set amidst nature in the small village of St Andre, one has to look out for the bright yellow signpost on the bye pass road, along with a twisty narrow lane amidst towering coconut palms. The entrance to the colourful shed is like a beacon amongst the foliage of betel palms, papaya trees and even the kathal, which blooms during summer. Enter the pinewood enclosure and you will find tables standing sturdy with tyre rims, and the fish swimming lazily in the tank. The varieties listed will leave you gawking in pleasure. The bar offers an ample variety of straight pouring spirits. The Duck Special is a great way to start. Go Pan Asian with the Wok tossed 'Vietnamese Bassa' and its crusty coat and crunchy spring onions will get your palate on the go. The starters seem to be winning right down to the finishing line but take time out to order the 'Rawa Masala Chicken'. For the veggies, opt for the 'Crispy Bhindi' also known as 'Okra Salt & Pepper'. For dessert, sign off with the 'Devil's Cream' or the gooey 'Chocolate Blob'.
Goa is cluttered with small low-key eateries that miss their chances to star on the map but if asked the locals, they are one of the best places to eat in the city. Amongst the palm lined enclaves and old Portuguese villas resides those unassuming charming restaurants that should be a must visit for any foodie. If you follow the local foodie vine, it will take you to those quaint places like ‘Edward’s Yard’, which are known for not only its fabulous regional food but also for an ambience. The restaurant comes highly recommended by the locals and for those who don’t mind a bit simplicity in their ambience, this eatery is absolutely perfect. This open serene restaurant is located at Dando, Goa-Velha on St. Andre Road, Panaji. A bright yellow signpost that leads into a narrow palm-lined lane marks the entrance to the restaurant.
Food is the sole focus of Edward’s Yard. With its natural surroundings lending a true Goan feel, their menu reflects the local flavour by working with likable Chinese/North Indian cuisines. Selection is seafood heavy and one can get their thrill by choosing from their vast listed seafood varieties. Dining at Edward’s Yard is highly reasonable and pocket-friendly. You can enjoy a luxurious Goan feast for very affordable prices here. Back your first course with couple of beers or whatever drink motivates you. After getting that heady buzz, munch on few appetizers such as, crumb fried pomfret, kaju hariyali tikki, rawa fry crabs, duck chilly, malai chicken tikka, prawns masala fry, mix veg spring rolls and butter garlic squid. Also on offer are, fish curry, paneer makhanwala, mutton do pyaza, Balinese curry, chicken cafreal and crabs xec-xec.
A butter garlic pav or naan complements the meal beautifully. Reach a delicious conclusion of sorts with Edward’s Yard selection of decadent desserts. Give your taste buds something to swoon about with, fresh jalebi with rabdi, gulab jamun, devil’s cream, chocolate blob and bebinca, a traditional Goan dessert. The restaurant fills up pretty quickly, call ahead to book a table. Edward’s Yard is named after the caretaker who took care of the family. Set out in the open midst of cluster of palms and papaya trees, the restaurant presents a very lovely and tranquil picture. Get seated in an open casually decorated shed that gives a gorgeous view of the gardens wrapped around the shed. A wonderful place for kids to run around.