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A ‘Chatpata styled’ experience

It’s multi-cuisine, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Goan and soon a corner to be Pan Asian too. But what makes this place different is that Girish Desai of the Kebab Corner and NH 17- Catpro fame has a new address in town. And now he has tweaked his preparations with a new avatar chatpata style, sure to appeal to the palate of the locals.

Décor/Ambience

Functional yet a tasteful get up. Big stenciled glass windows overlooking the pool, dark brown place mats placed on striped damask cross cloths, simple white crockery contrasts the effect. The bar is at one end of the restaurant, a big TV mounted on the wall for those who have some time on hand. The menu is wholesome in more ways than one, a wide variety of preparations to choose from, the choice and the ambience to tempt families to frequent often.

Food

Girish is known for his kebabs and his Indian food, but here he has taken the taste to a different level, which coaxes the senses to identify the flavors within. Take the popular preparation of Ghee Roast. A rich reddish brown masala oozing with ‘ghee’ (no oil used states Girish). One can choose a full or a half portion. One can have it as a starter or as a main. And this South Indian preparation has been tweaked – to perfection. Saliva oozing good if one is partial to the ghee richness. Another hot favorite is our very local Prawn Dangar have it with teesrois (shellfish) too. These rawa fried cutlets have a slight dose of ‘extra spice’ – great to have with a drink. From the kebab section, the ‘potli’ kebeab (green peas, onions and peanuts’, so called because it resembles a miniature bag locally called as a ‘potli.’ The Anar de kebab, chicken with pomegranate seeds sprinkled with cheese on top, the roti pe boti (mutton or chicken mouthfuls flavored with elaichi with an onion ring on top and an Indian bread base below. Yes, there are a wide variety of kebabs that are unusual – credit to Girish’s creativity. The mains – the Mumtaz chicken (tandoori chicken in a tomato gravy tweaked with honey and topped with grated egg). I am sure this honey flavored extravaganza would have even topped the Moghul Emperor Shah Jehan’s list. The Chinese is home styled too…hot favorites are Soya chicken tweaked with star anise, or the chicken in oyster sauce. Go Italian and say Mamma Mia! The Penne Arabiatta has been tweaked to suit our ‘chatpata’ palate. The spice factor adds a touch of its own.

Plus and Minus

As far as the taste and the portion size is concerned, it’s awesome, and in keeping in tune with dining in a Club. However, non members are permitted to dine there for an additional sum of Rs 20/- per person. Paltry indeed if you consider the menu price and choice available. There is Murg Karachi handi, Murg boti masala and Girish’s famous galouti kebab to be kept in mind. Melting moments indeed! If one would look for a ‘black spot’ in the total experience, its miniscule - perhaps the base of this kebab would need a small tweak for improvement. The fish is served on seasonal availability, the rawa fried Modoshio (ladyfish), did not warrant a ladylike exclamation. Simply ‘fishy’ fresh! And don’t think of walking out without having the dessert, you will be deserted. The Serradura - 8 ½ out of 10, the best that any restaurant has dished out so far. It might be called ‘sawdust’ (Portuguese translation) but the taste is anything but. The desserts of the day also include Chocolate Mousse and Gajjar halwa besides the kulfis. If one tends to find the ‘chat pata’ atmosphere along the Miramar beach…do keep in mind that there is a better way to enjoy this fare. Just a few meters away from the beach, there is a Chatpata styled experience created especially for you?

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Kebabs, Ghee Roast, Chicken Mumtaz, Serradura

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At the House of Lloyds, Lloyd and Nerissa Braganza with the intervention of mother Celia have an old Portuguese house converted to stage a casual trendy environment. A bar, mini lounge, restaurant, open grill and dance floor. The first unique concept is the drinks as you browse on the menu. Fresh fruit, bimbli, lemon grass, tamarind — the barman swirls and mixes the Margharitas and Martinis as per your request. One of the few bars open off season that has the choice of labels that can have a connoisseur of spirits begging for more. So don't forget to order that cocktail. The menu has been chosen with care.....old favourites from Lloyds (the old restaurant on Candolim road) grills and Goan specialties too. Although Goan Roast Pork and Apple Salad with tender greens may catch your fancy; move straight on to the crispy sardines. The sardines have been slit wide open, fried to a crisp and in bruschetta style are topped with chopped tomato, olive oil and feta cheese. The Stuffed Crab - no heavy sauce (although it is lightly tossed in béchamel), no onions. The taste of Ricotto Cheese titillates....crab lovers here is a continental favourite for you. The old traditional angels on horseback, has been modified to a date and Walnut Bacon Roll. Don't forget to twirl the roll in the roasted pepper sauce before you take in a bite. From the grills another favourite starter is the lemon mustard prawns on a skewer - a great choice to feast on. Don't be surprised to see Lloyd don an apron as the orders come pouring in. Well known for his Beef Steaks (he marinates them two weeks in advance), another sizzling favourite are the Pork Chops, each one bigger than the palm of your hand, which have a right mix of fat and meat, and sizzles in its own sauce. If BBQs are not your choice for the day, try the Parmesan Crusted Red Snapper. Coated with parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, touch of chili flakes and accompanied with Malibu sauce. One can find very little to complain about, the simply designed meals are a 'gourmet's' delight. The only minus for someone with a sweet tooth is that Lloyd has no desserts gracing his menu but even if there are no sugary treats at the end, the House of Lloyds is one which offers the gourmand a meal he has been looking for.

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