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Google 15:74 and you get the address of the Sofala. This place needs no introduction…all roads lead to it every Thursday night. But one need not worry, you cannot get lost. Turn off the main road and there is just one road to a small restaurant of Mumbai fame called Mia Cucina. Choose to sit in air-conditioned comfort and you are enveloped with an ambience that is classy and niche. Outside the wooden deck overlooking the pool, brings one closer to nature. Start with the barman's fruit based cocktails…a choice of Watermelon Basil Martini or the Kiwi Mint Martini. If you are in a mood for pizza…order the Stone Baked Pizza. The Pepperoni Pizza, is a great way to start. Just a grain of info while we are on the pizza platter…Sundays brings in the pizza and Sangria brunch. Unlimited Sangrias flowing…and pizzas too (not flowing but an unlimited exodus from those ovens). Another way to start the meal is to check out the Antipasta section. Try the Bruschetta Caponata (topped with Sicilian eggplant relish and mozzarella cheese) or opt for the Polenta e Pollo Spiedini (grilled chicken and polenta skewers). The menu has a list of over 7 different pastas all prepared in the kitchen: Gnocchi, Tagliatelle, Penne, Spaghetti, Ravioli, Cannelloni, Pappardelle (thick ribbon like), Ziti (tubeless pasta)…to name a few, and to add to the choice — Risottos too. The Tagliatelle al Pesto (pesto in cream basil sauce), the ever popular Carbonara (with spaghetti) and the Pappardelle e Polpette (made of thick ribbon pasta and meatballs)...the pastas are well cooked el dente the sauces are well defined, aroma intact. Mamma Mia…this might be the 6th popular Italian eatery in North Goa, but the choice is amazing. The food is good, light and tasty, the Almond and Chocolate Cheesecake worth every spoonful. The ambience enchanting. If one overlooks the narrow road leading to the place with an ambience like this and the food so well prepared Mia Cucina….could become your kitchen too. You could be visiting it again and again and again. It could become your googled address too.
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The Sea bq, located at the lobby level of the hotel is a grill and steak house and as the name suggests, it's a bar-be-que facing the sea. The restaurant is trendy, alfresco with the decor rustic yet elegant, with dim lighting creating the sizzling steak house atmosphere. The restaurant offers an elaborate a la carte comprising of finest meats, fish and vegetables grilled, barbequed, roasted, recommended with the accompaniments (and that includes beverages too) to go with. The restaurant provides guests with an option of being close to their food as a unique feature of this restaurant are the Hibachi (portable grills) which are placed on the tables so that guests can do their own bit of grilling. It's a great way to ensure personal preferences are taken care of and brings happy gourmets back. The USP of this restaurant are first — it is an open area restaurant with a breathtaking view of the sea and swimming pool and secondly the table bar be que. It also features, besides a well stocked bar serving wine and liquor from around the world, a menu designed to make a perfect blend of food and wine. Order the marinated beetroot with dollop of blue cheese, pine nuts with cabernet sauvignon dressing for starters. If the waterbody around you creates the need for the fruit de mer then order the Prawn cocktail with iceberg lettuce with cocktail sauce. Especially recommended is the follow up with the amazing Herb grill lobster tail with shrimp risotto served in its own bisque. Want a meaty affair? Opt for the French cut lamb rack. Their other specialities is the fine selection of Beef Steak meats from old-style to hip and trendy steakhouse, juicy porterhouse or strip steaks. Wind up the meal with the dessert — a Five Spice Cream Brule with cinnamon snaps or the Ginger Apple Steamed Torte. This is a restaurant for celebration as every meal here is an unforgettable one.