How many of us crave for that perfect Goa vacation to offload from work and take that much needed break. Well, it doesn’t happen very often isn’t it ? That’s when places like ‘Carnival de Goa‘ come in as saviors. With ambience and food that indeed brings in Goa vibes, if you are in Bangalore and can’t get on a plane to Goa, end up in Ulsoor to this place as an alternative.
It’s a meat lover’s paradise but several good options for vegetarians too. Sea Food aplenty and with a big group that we were , it was a fiesta of the highest order. The variety of fish items both on the appetizers and mains were incredible – Karimeen masala, White Pomfret recheado, Basa masala, Anchovy Rava Fry, Mackreal Rava Fry, Salmon masala, Black Pomfret masala, Kingfish curry – Yes – all of this had been devoured ! At one point, I think we lost track of what fish we were eating and it really didn’t matter – cooked well, marinated well, fried well, eat well !
Crab masala, Prawn Butter Garlic, Prawn masala, Clams and Calamari completed the rest of the sea food quota ! Prawn butter garlic and Calamari were some of my favorites for the night.
It’s just the sea food that we were done with not with the rest of the meat – on the table – Chicken Cafreal, Chilly Sausage were a few other starters that I tried. Cafreal good, sausage – the meat was a bit under and did not click.
Also Sausage Pizza and Beef Poi Sliders from the mains made an appearance. Beef – well done, good cook on the meat. Sausage on the Pizza is not really a personal preference, I am more of a chicken pizza guy but for those who like good chunks of sausage in every pizza bite – go for it !
With all the masala’s and curries , pav, sanna’s , neer dosa and steam rice were the accompaniments !
Our vegetarian friends had some good stuff going as well, I picked on a few banana fritters and chilly paneer that ticked off my veggie quota and I am glad both were good on taste !
At this point, you are probably thinking I must have a giant belly to hog all of this, I probably would have liked to but then most probably would have ended up in hospital unable to digest but then we were a big gang to eat all of this – so more variety, more food and sharing is caring right ! And then there is also alcohol – talking about Goa, how can this not be there. We stayed from beer and went with some of their special cocktails – Iron man was a vodka based cocktail and my favorite which meant I had a repeat order for the same. Finding Nemo, Incredible Hulk, Heisenberg special were some of the other cocktails that were doing the rounds !
Can’t leave without Desserts can we ? Especially since its Goan cuisine – and so the Bebinca’s , the Dodol’s and the Caramel Custard’s were the final touches to a feast ! Did they live to their names – yes they did ! Bebinca had the right texture, Custard was high on taste and Dodol is probably the second time I am trying and I am starting to like it !
Overall, great hangout place right across Conrad hotel !