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An ‘All Day Dining’ experience

Mercury is rising, yes the tourist belt is getting some new additions which will titillate your taste buds. What better than an All Day Dining at the Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort? It’s time for Festa where they are celebrating food all day. Yes that is their mantra, and in the traditional local style the chef’s have worked their magic with ‘old’ favourites and new creations, an experience to remember.

Décor/Ambience

Look out for the color ‘purple’ gently embedded in the Festa logo and entwined with the bright rich green of the upholstered chairs. Perhaps that is the only color in this bright airy room, the high ceiling, the murals on the wall and the big glassed in windows, classy and relaxing. It overlooks their soon-to-be-launched Italian and Goan restaurants. Take a peek at the tables; the knobby legs hark back to a time when local furniture graced the Portuguese ‘sala’, the practical tabletops with place mats giving it an informal touch. In the center of the restaurant, a ten seater table with ‘old fashioned’ upholstered chairs adds a touch of regal tones to an otherwise relaxed place. At the far end is the open participative kitchen with chef’s busy preparing their culinary treats. Small bharni’s with colorful local ingredients…chilies being the most prominent set the tone of their concept – local and traditional.

Food

Chef Ganapathy Mallaya is no novice when it comes to creative cuisine, but ask him what’s cooking and he states – comfort food, adding ‘ghar ka khana’. A quick glance at the sections – Pasta, Indian, Pan Asian as well as a few global favourites. Mercury rising or dipping? Choose from a warm or a cold salad. If warm- choose the chicken tikka warm from the tandoor with red pepper, mango jelly and papad chips. Or chip in for the cold beet and feta salad, a great combo. There are many ‘known’ favorites listed on the menu – mezze, panneer kathi roll or even the elaichi murg for starters. They might be from different countries, but the taste, still remember the succulent tikka bits flavored to perfection. From the Asian section- the Nasi Goreng. Go for it. Schechwan fried rice, prawn crackers, batter fried prawns, chicken satay with that fried egg on top. Let the yolk ooze onto the rice as you nibble on bite by bite. Dee…li…cious! And there are other specialties too. The Malaysian Laksa, curry noodle soup too. If you think that all pastas are cooked in the same vein, and I am not referring to diameter of the spaghetti, order the Spaghetti Carbonara. You have a choice of other pastas too, but the sauce, Chef explains that he tosses it in a sabayon made with egg yolk, cream and cheese. No regular thickened sauce as is the norm. It coats the pasta to perfection. Let’s get practical, there is even a health section. For breakfast its smooth, order the smoothies, for meals, the Norwegian salmon is suggested to trim down those meals with rich sauces and gravies. The menu offers a varied choice.

Plus and Minus

Open 24x7, it will be a great boon to party revelers for a bite at any time of the day. And yes there will be music every night come September. The buffet – choose a soup and salad buffet or perchance a dessert buffet if you tend to feel puckish. Food for every mood! And desserts on a la carte. Bourbon mud cakes (the shot upped cakes are served with vanilla ice-cream) or choose the Cappuccino chocolate mousse…guaranteed to keep you awake any time of the day or night. Ever had a 5 star falooda? From the bye lanes of the past the Badami kulfi falooda makes its mark, served in a tall glass with vermicelli, rose syrup, kulfi and crumbled almonds raises the bar. So let this Mercure in its own inimitable style pamper you traditionally in its own starry avatar. The experience will take you galaxies away!

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Right by the riverside, the hustle and bustle of the capital city is left far behind as you sit in the favourite riverside restaurant in Panaji with alfresco dining in and garden seating next to the River Mandovi. Conceptualized around the early eighties this restaurant was the pioneer in many aspects. The fastfood drive - they were the first to introduce the Bombay Pav Bhaji, the mashed mixed vegetables fried on a flat pan and served with dripping-with-butter bread, though it has been discontinued now. The demographics of the diners vary...young and not so young (wise), this is the place which draws them all. For quick bite try the snacks — burgers, pizzas, and milkshakes. For a more filling experience there is Chinese, Indian and Goan and continental too. Fried rice and noodles — go Chinese, if Continental is the need of the hour try the Lobster Steak or the Seafood Sizzler Symphony. For the Indian palate there are a variety of preparations…the Tandoori Pomfret however is worth a mention. And in Goa do as the Goans do…enjoy the Goan cuisine. Especially the seafood..... Goa Fish Curry Rice, Crab Xacutti, the chefs have worked on a unique balance to satisfy every diners palate. The beverage list too is pretty extensive. Sit down with your favourite beverage anytime of the day....watch the barges move ponderously down the river, or the leisure boats with frolicking tourists dance to popular numbers. Day or Night....the venue opens for breakfast and closes at the stroke of midnight, the lapping of the waves and the movement of river traffic the only thing to disturb your reverie. There's live entertainment on some nights and special musical evenings on festive days. Dining here in a garden by the riverside in the heart of Panaji makes for a very relaxing experience.

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