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An all day dining experience

The belt, it is now peppered with starred hotels where fine dining is a part of one’s holiday ensemble. One such hotel is the Acacia, with its All Day Dining restaurant E.A.T. translated as (Eat Any Time) positioned in a prime location of Candolim.

Décor

Set in an atrium styled concept, this non air conditioned restaurant epitomizes fresh air and water. Set right by the pool, the place is airy (high ceilinged atrium), open (fresh air and water) with a ‘zesty’ (comfy) feel as you enter. The décor ‘wood brown and beige’ adds ‘solidity’ to the ambience; this is offset by a gurgling and spouting water fountain in the center. The ‘matt’ effect is felt through the matching chairs plus table placemats, the ‘Irani’ styled water glasses are quaint and then there is the invitation of the cool blue waters of the swimming pool just a few feet away. At one end is the buffet, at present offering breakfast to the residents with a promise of lunch and dinner in the months to follow.

Food

The menu….it is a tome as is the status of most All Day dining open 24x7. Appetizers, Salads, Asian, Soups, Sandwiches and Burgers, pizzas, pastas, International, Indian…..the choices spread across the pages. But with a specialty Indian restaurant “Masala Art’ adjacent to it, it would be prudent to go for the International fare. Appetizers – the choice is varied and interesting. The Corn cheese balls a crispy crunch of American corn and cheese with a zingy tomato mayo. Vegetarians opt for the Crispy Mozzarella Balls with tomato, Basil and mayo. The cheesy flavor lingers…who moved my cheese? Nope its prominent in the Mallow mushrooms too. The stuffed mushrooms ooze cheese, the crispiness a pleasure to the taste buds. If these tempting tit bits are too ‘cheesy’ for you, opt for the salad. The Cajun chicken Caesars salad, there is no Brutus to spoil your happiness. The lemony flavor encasing the lettuce, the shredded cheese (the taste is minimalistic) and the herb crotons. One has a choice too besides the chicken. Opt for classic bacon bits and anchovies. There are a variety of soups on offer too, the Gazpacho served with pesto toast, the chilled puree is a gourmets delight. Hungry? Besides the Sandwiches, wraps and burgers…and the pizzas and pastas too, the international fare has a full page of options. A new innovation – the basa fillet Cantolina with basil garlic. For those who like basa, this preparation is the chef’s specialty. The fish is pierced through with a black olive…most of the presentations appeal. The juliennes of vegetables wrap around the fish with a slight crispy crunch, the saffron sauce accompanying it- great. Another favorite is the Nasualacheesa- layered stuffed eggplant with mozzarella cheese. Say cheese again! This is a must have preparation.

Plus and Minus

While the ambience of the restaurant might appeal come season, or perhaps in the pouring rain (a great cozy feel), the weather and humidity can affect your dining experience. However the option of eating in air conditioned comfort (if Masala Art is not busy) is available. The service is personal, the kitchen flexible- now to personal comfort. Great orders - the Greek Salad (tomato, feta, onion, cucumber, capsicum, black olives) in a lemon dressing. The stuffed chicken breast (you have an option of chicken mince or spinach and cheese). Served with hash and exotic veggies, the mushroom sauce was blended well. The dessert section offers Tiramisu, New York Cheese cake and a few Indian desserts too. We were lucky to try the specialty of the day – chocolate honey bar. Rich chocolate on a short crust - the richness oozes out, the treadmill beckons when back from a holiday. But a closer analysis of the menu will confirm that a soup (approx Rs 130/-) and a salad (Rs 220/-) – a total of Rs 350/- plus taxes can balance lunch if dinners are for splurging. As is the case of most All Day Dining, post dinner a special ‘night’ menu comes into play. Eat Any Time…and say Cheese! The chef has planned a repertoire just for you.

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This eatery has a panoramic view of the pool, the sea and historic Dona Paula and can send you into sublime ecstasy. Blue…blue…blue. It is based on the colour blue. "Azul" means blue in Portuguese, this is the International Poolside Café with an Italian style, at the Cidade de Goa. The entrance of the restaurant is very contemporary with a huge fish tank and for the diners there are large window panes for an unobtrusive view. This place has still retained its ability of getting the diners to savour the flavour of different cuisines researched by their chefs., with a choice of contemporary gourmet cuisine with dishes from Italy, Goa, North India, Far East Asia and also Sandwiches and Wraps. The restaurant has a unique concept to its credit, with regards to the offering of the "Buffet Combo" Option. The buffet combo option — this includes Soup and Salad, Soup-Salad and Dessert, Soup-Salad-Main Course and Dessert, Salad and Dessert, Main course and Dessert, etc at different price points where the cold presentations are put in glass ice troughs (desserts and salads). It's the diner's choice. The a la carte menu includes salads, soups, sandwiches, wraps, pizza, pasta, Goan fare, North Indian fare and desserts. Signature preparations include the Goan Seafood Platter, Pan Seared Fillet of Basa Fish, Chicken Picatta, Vegetable Layered Lasagne baked with Paprika cream sauce. Burmese Khao Suey, and the evergreen favourites pastas and pizza. For pizzas, the restaurant has a wood fired pizza oven. East or west, north or south there are no boundaries drawn for these chefs. So, remember when it comes to flavors, Café Azul holds the key.

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