Updated about 21hrs ago
60 years ago Anant and Vishnu Shetye opened ‘Aieche Khanavar’ for the locals. The fish curry rice was served @ Rs 0.75 p (1971). The place thrived and prospered with the fish curry rice thali @ Rs 20/-(1990). The eatery came to be known as Anantashram City shack, the popularity never diminished. Today the fish thali is priced at Rs 80/- in the shack, and Sanjay and Shripad Shetye and Govind Shirodkar have conceptualized Mejwani…a fine dine air conditioned venue with the food’s popularity a definite plus.
The restaurant has two air conditioned enclosures, one in red with the wall symbolic with utensils used in kitchens. The prices here are less as compared to the inner sanctum where the décor and the comfort level is more enhanced. Walk through the other door, the blue effect encompasses. One wall has a paneled effect, replicated in the chandeliers. A TV gives a glimpse on what the kitchen has to offer. Glass topped tables over blue tablecloths, black napkins …a classy effect.
It’s the recipes handed down the ages…although the menu is a judicious mix of Indian and Goan. The Goan - one of the few places that offers a Saraswat thali. Order a drink, the Mystique Fantasy (feni triple sec, mint, sugar, angostura bitters and lemonade). Happy with that mix then opt for the Thali – the Golden Goan fish Thali. It’s BIG….can be shared by two. Bhangda Uddamethi, Crab xec xec, Teesroi (dry), Kishmur with galmo, Prawn Hooman, mackerel lonchi, vegetable and two big Bharleli bhangda (a legacy from the past)- and a bowl of chicken Shagoti too. Have all that with the portion of rice (included)…and perhaps mix (or drink) the kokum in coconut milk with it. Burp! Pleasant double burp! This is an ‘all in one’ buffet of sorts. Want to go a la carte then the fish is in abundance purchased every morning from the Kharewado in Vasco itself. The Catch of the day…‘catches’ the flavor!
Plus and Minus
It’s not only the Goan …it’s the Indian too. The Dum Biryani, (prawn, chicken, vegetable, egg or mutton)-sealed in a mudka, (for 4 persons)… their USP goes without saying. Vasco being cosmopolitan …Indian food is one of their fast moving preparations too. The mélange of 3 vegetables…spinach, cashew and mixed …a visual delicacy and tasty too. For desserts ice-cream are recommended…natural of course, the fruit flavors entice. So what does one go to this ashram for? The legacy down the ages - ‘retained in consistency’- and with the comfort factor, price and ambience….Mejwani@ Anantashram is here to stay.
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Updated about 22hrs ago
Mainland China which has its presence felt in Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bhubaneswar, New Delhi, Gurgaon, Nasik and Guwahati has now opened its doors in Goa. Its concept — from presentation and service, spices to the ambience, are based on the fundamental Chinese philosophy of harmony. The varied recipes are from the most far flung regions of China. The cuisine reflects "harmony in contrast" which stems from the principle of Yin and the Yang, which reflects by way of combining contrasting flavors such as Sweet with bitter, sour with sweet, sweet and spicy. Start with the Corn & Water chestnut Dumpling or the Crackling Spinach. The chefs from China chooses the delicacies that are more suited to the Indian palette. For mains the dice Chicken Assorted Pepper Ginger, or for seafood lovers the Prawn Hunan Sauce or perhaps the Steamed Fish with Pixiang Bean Sauce. End the meal with favourites..Daarsaan or the Chocolate Rolls. The fine dining memorable meal is a value for money experience.