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Updated about 5hrs ago

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Get into the Goan spirit. Enjoy the colourful ambience and the Goan fare as much as meeting the equally colourful and affable owner-couple, Suhas and Deepa Awchat. No other restaurant in the city serves Hindu, Catholic Goan and Portugese fare. But here cookbook author chef–owner Deepa Awchat presents it all. Go to Goa: it resides in Mahim in a colourful Portuguese "bungalow". Officially recognized by the Government of Goa, this 24-year-young, pioneering resto-bar, serving Goan and Portuguese cuisines has also been featured in the New York Times and several other international newspapers. Goa Portugesa opens in Andheri. Sudeep Awchat, the 24-year-old son of the colourful, owner–couple, Deepa and Suhas Awchat sets up here. Gone is the thematic cute ambience (which I prefer), and all three restaurants (Diva Maharashtracha, Culture Curry) are housed together in a contemporary building and also have a common composite menu. In both places, there is superb Prawn Curry-Rice and the Portuguese Galinha Cafreal are the highlights. While the Pork Vindaloo is not as good, the Tender Coconut Cashew Nut Sukke dish is outstanding. Who says Goan food is all about Pork Sorpotel and Fish 'n' Prawn Curry? There's more: Balchao, Xacutti, Bombay Duck stuffed with Crab Meat and Stuffed Mussels are all worth trying. Interestingly, it serves shakahari food as well, made in a dedicated kitchen, with more than fifty pure-vegetarian dishes. "Orgasmic Organs" feature bheja and kaleji. Do ask for the Succulent Roast Turkey, superb Portuguese Serradura dessert. Enjoy the lively Goan music, knock-back drinks from the lively small bar (plenty of imported wines too).P.S Check out the Power Lunch Rs.299 (veg), Rs.399 (non-veg) at the Shivaji Park branch.

Updated about 6hrs ago

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As good as ever. As packed as ever. This Times Food Guide award-winning, no-frills, homestyle, vegetarian eatery is worth going to. Brave the long queues and the noise levels inside the sleek, steel-table-and-bench furniture and gleaming, grey granite-floor eatery and go for a superb, pure-veg experience. It is here that Asha Jhaveri serves traditional veg dishes that you can’t get anywhere else in the city, except inside homes. Nothing costs more than `150. My absolute favourite is the garlicky Panki (handkerchief-thin Rice Pancakes steamed in banana leaves for `100) served with scrumptious Green Chutney and fried green chillis. Everything (except the Veg Dhansak) is delicious — Satpadi Roti, Gatta nu Shak, Fadani Khichdi, super Dal Dhokli, Panki-Suva and Pudina, Corn Bhel, Methi Dhokla, Cheese Batata Pancake and more. Take heart from the fact that the delicious Bhelpuri, Paani Puri and the like are all made from purified water. Hand-churned Fresh-fruit Ice Cream, golden-fried Jalebis and Papdi are served for Sunday breakfast.

Note: Go outside lunch and dinner hours and you’re likely to find a table. It also does home delivery with a minimum order of `500 in areas such as from Haji Ali to Napean Sea Road and Walkeshwar.

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