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Sit back on an altair, an old Goan seat while you watch the Mandovi river and the city of Panjim upfront. A quaint cosy old family warehouse converted with a concept of taking one back in time. A single storied establishment with a water body in the center of the restaurant greets one as they enter. The upper floor overlooks the central courtyard, just like in old family homes of joint families, and there is a small garden sit out in a niche against the hill. In the heart of it all is its ‘home style food’ with family recipes infused in every dish. The must-have dishes are masala stuffed mackerel in banana leaf and dangar, which are delightful, along with uddamethi. The Shankar brand hing used in most local households is prominent in most of their preparations. An inspired preparation is the cafreal spring rolls and the papadachi kishmur that are served as an amuse bouche and are delectable treats. The vegetarians have a multitude of choices too, the celebratory dish being the wadyanchi uddamethi. Top it all off with the alla Belle or caramel custard for sweetness and relax and unwind post it.
The restaurant is made up to resemble an old Goan home , but it is very evident that it is NOT an old Goan home converted into a restaurant, nevertheless, the attempt to do so is quite remarkable. The furniture and ceiling lamps are quite authentic. The seating inside the air-conditioned section is most welcome on a hot , sunny afternoon. The service is mediocre and slow. The menu offers a choice of Goan, India, Chinese and Western fare but we opted to try out the Goan dishes, which they claim is authentic. For an appetizer, we asked for the Butter Garlic Squid. This was served with a small handful of fries. The squids were cooked just right and were not chewy. The garlic bits were ample and overall this dish met expectations. For mains, we decided on the Chicken Cafreal, which was not authentic, but quite flavourful. The gravy was runny and the dish was served with potatoes in the gravy. This went well with the crispy 'unde'. The Alle Belle pancakes were good and tasted like those made at home, although the drizzling of chocolate sauce was unnecessary. The ambience was comfortable and cosy. The pricing was quite steep and.
We visited the Voltaire last week, following a huge recommendation! We were told we would get the best vegetarian Saraswat fare there- when we called around noon to book a table for lunch, we were told they were closed. We went there for dinner and arrived a tad early- the friendly security guard made us comfortable and offered a table. Shekar, was rather rude and told us they would take time. We told him we were ok with the wait. When we interacted about ten minutes later, he was downright dismissive about the vegetarian food they offered! He went on to say that soup and one starter is all they had to offer us and nothing more. He was rude and did not care really. Some amount of warmth and politeness would have made us try something on the menu. We had a small child and did not see the point in an argument with him. We left immediately. All reviews mentioned courteous staff but what we experienced was very disappointing and completely putting off. Could you please ensure that staff are nice to customers, even if they land early and ask for vegetarian food! Thanks!
A old house converted to a beautiful restaurant. The place speaks high volumes of the heritage and the village lifestyle of goa. The scenic river view adds the cherry to the cake, specially when you dine from the attic floor. Drinks and cocktails and the most innovative and has all the hints and touch of being Goan. Do try the chanchal chedu!!! At a place already so impressive, the food comes with all the flavour and presence of Goan culture served in clay pots with the right masala and fresh sea food. Prawn dangar etc.. one can just keep eating. The hospitality of the staff and especially the owner Mr Sangam will completely spoil you while you dining there and it gives you a very “at home” feeling. Fresh, innovative, quality and heritage.. this cocktail I call it “Voltaire”. Good quality comes at a price and don’t shy away from that !!! Kudos to Voltaire!!
This is basically a house converted to a Restaurant. Loved their Dangar which is prawn cutlets. It was yummy. So was the fish fry and Hara Bhara Kebabs. First time tried the dessert Seradula.
Being a Goan I vouch for it.. this place is a fake wanna be. Neither the interior nor the food quiet measure up to the old world charm of the Goa of the bygone.. what it does is peddles out pretensions. The interiors are influenced by Goan Portuguese homes. The food I feel is best trying to bridge the gap between Goa and some part of eastern Uttar Pradesh. Coz it doesn't quiet stand anywhere. We ordered the Goan bread and chilly chicken in the Goan style. The bread was prefrozen and not quite defrosted yet.. the chicken was some kind of pyaaz tamatar wali sabzi. A big no no.. definitely not if u plan to savour the local culture.