This iconic restaurant celebrates 28 successful years and loyal patrons still relish the authentic Goan-Portuguese food that this place is synonymous with. Consistency has been one of the key reasons for this restaurant retaining its popularity. The sea food served is fresh and of the best quality. Each Goan dish is a confluence of flavours and founder and Chef Deepa Awchat has obviously got her spice mixes right. An absolute treat for meat and sea food lovers, vegetarians too can enjoy some unique Goan Saraswat dishes. Caldo verde, the subtly flavoured potato and spinach soup cooked with milk and garlic, is the perfect way to start one’s meal. Pomfret recheado with the tangy vinegar-based red masala teases one’s taste buds, while the mutton xacuti with rice and the fiery squid chilly fry are the ultimate treat as main course dishes. The bebinca and dodol notwithstanding, I still prefer my creamy caramel custard to round off my meal. The service is efficient and a meal here, almost always memorable.
Goan food has its fans throughout Mumbai as many city-dwellers pop in often to Goa and return back filled with gastronomical aspirations. The city of Goa has always enticed Mumbaikers as their food is colourful, complex and completely influenced by Portuguese. You can have a slice of Goa right here in Mumbai in the form of one iconic restaurant that has been feeding the cravings of Goan food for decades. ‘Goa Portuguesa Restobar’ is an integral part of Mumbai’s fine dining life and has a tremendous fan base when it comes to good wholesome food. Placed at Mili Building, Shivaji Park at Mahim, Goa Portuguesa Restobar is a favourite of Mumbaikers so finding a table on weekends is next to impossible, unless you reserve previously. It is popular with both natives and foreigners.
Goa Portuguesa Restobar is one of the best places for regional fare in Mumbai. Dig into scrumptious Maharashtrian, Goan and North Indian fare, especially delectable seafood preparations for which the restaurant is so well-known for. Founder and Chef Deepa Awchat has handcrafted the menu cleverly keeping her spices right, presenting an absolute treat for her diners. Select a drink first and then move onto the appetizers like, dahi ke kebab, stuffed crab, mix veg & cashew croquettes, kaju kothimbir vadi, recheado pomfret, crackling bhendi, chicken cafreal, stuffed papad prawn, potato sacremento, roast pork and corn & spinach tartlets. Pair sausages pulao with the mains, chicken rolade, batatyachi patal bhaji, xec xec crab, lobster Goa Portuguesa, chouricos, tender coconut cashew nut sukke, goenchi dal, galihna amendoin, Jack steak, hirva dum dum, squids in lemon butter garlic sauce, balchao and wangi batata masala.
It’s a lesser known fact that Goans makes some mean desserts. Their classic regional dessert bibinca and dodol are must haves when it comes to Goan feasts. You can also tuck into caramel custard, pan ice cream or chocolate mousse otherwise. Goa Portuguesa Restobar is easy to locate as it is housed in a traditional Portuguese style façade. Inside the dining room resembles a Goan beachside shed but a little more sophisticated. Décor is old-fashioned and cosy with all those paper lanterns and latticed ceiling along with chalkboard menus on every other corner. The place reflects the spirit of Goa perfectly. Live music and charming outdoor area are great add ons. In 1300/- bucks two people can eat to their heart’s content.
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