An Oriental experience
Check out the 'pulse' of this place, right in the heart of Calangute, a place that has a heartbeat of its own. Mervyn Wong has worked his Oriental magic to give Goa something that she has been looking for - some great Chinese preparations. Mervyn is no newcomer to this art, the nephew of Nelson Wong of Mumbai's China Garden fame he has worked there. But it is his father's 'secret' sauces that transforms preparations and take them to dizzying heights and gets your pulse throbbing.
At present the Pulse is showcased as a shack like structure, with comfortable sofas and wrought iron garden style furniture seating. Overhead lanterns in orange and green give it a warm mellow look. There is a karaoke set at one end of the restaurants that invites diners to warble along at their own pace. The black and orange effect is relaxing, a place where you would like to take your friend for a tete a tete, or maybe a family for a meal. But Mervyn has packaged a culinary bonanza that has very few competitors.
The menu has a balance of Chinese which takes you back to the days of yore. Thai cuisine and Pan Asian concepts started bombarding the culinary scene. Preparations which today rarely make their appearance from kitchens-lung fung soup) the creamy minced chicken or prawn preparation) or the Crab Asparagus soup. Old favorites indeed. For starters try the Five spice spare ribs, those BBQ'ed ribs in the secret Chinese herbs are to be recommended. Succulent and spiced to perfection it's a preparation where chopsticks might not work.its finger licking good. Another starter which is recommended is Mervyn's Creamy corn. Vegans will be delighted to know that here is a place that caters to their culinary desires too. The rectangular golden bricks when cut oozes out sweet corn. So swallow it whole (but add a little of that soy garlic sauce), but take care not to burn your tongue as the corn melts in your orifice. The soya wine chilii beef topped with greens is another hot favorite, the meat soft and succulent, the soy adding to the tartness for those who do not have a sweet palate. The chicken with chili and garlic spices up those salivary juices, and for those who still want 'old' favs try the Gin chicken of China Garden fame.
The menu provides a comfort package for those who are not too adventurous…lemon chicken, honey garlic crispy chicken, mandarin fish, Szechwan prawns, chili pork, mandarin fish, to name a few. But Mervyn has a few 'specialties' up his sleeve. Opt for the Korean BBQ. The waiter places a hot plate with a special non stick pan on the table. Marinated meats (your choice - chicken, prawn, meat), lettuce leaf and the Korean sauce is placed alongside, and then you have the liberty of preparing your own dish with chopsticks. It's fun as the meat sizzles sans oil, and then liberally apply the Korean sauce to the lettuce leaf and place the cooked meat in-paan style. A mouthful later you will feel that pulse racing with enjoyment.just unique and tasty.
Vegans do not despair-Teppanyaki Vegetables off the hot plate with Chinese red wine sizzles as it comes to your table, Hakka French beans, kung pao potatoes with Okra…a full page listed for your benefit. And don't forget to order the Good luck rice - Fuek Chu Rice, while the presentation might not appeal, once you dip that fork into the preparation, it's a meal by itself Yuuum.
Plus and Minus
If you are looking for a good meal of Oriental design, then this is the place. On the minus-the desserts need to be fine tuned a bit, the location is tricky, sandwiched between the football field and a chapel, and tangibles need to be worked on. On a broad scale these are negligible. Don't let those huge buses put you off, drive across the field and you have reached the Pulse. Moreover, Mervyn has great ideas to transform the place with tangibles, the crockery, glassware et al and by the way he has worked on his food, once he has done that the overall effect is sure to get your pulses rocking. As it stands Mervyn's culinary expertise in the Oriental mode is just what the doctor has ordered.
Creamy Corn, Chicken in garlic, Fuek Chu Rice.
Review posted within last 6 month
Starting with the ambiance of the restaurant, it is just an average...service is quite fine but the food served is simply outstanding. overall had a great experience....Fuek Chu Rice, Creamy Corn, Chicken in garlic are amazing to have....
Review posted within last 6 month
Kudos to the Pulse... ultimate experience i had...fares were deliciously yum and service was prompt...ambiance needs to be improved but food and service make up for that....must to be visited establishment i must say
Favorite Dishes / Drinks: orean Barbeque, Five Spice Spearibs, Honey Noodles, Sizzling Brownie
Review posted more than 6 month ago
The ambiance of Pulse is quite comfortable, but nothing very striking or eye soothing. The food of the place is quite good. I went there last week with couple of my friends. We began with the starters and ordered Five spice spare ribs. It was delicious and well-cooked. I also ordered soya wine chilii beef which was topped with greens. Creamy Corn, Chicken in garlic and Fuek Chu Rice are amazing too.
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