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Goa travels to suburbs

india Updated: May 05, 2011 12:58 IST
Nirmika Singh

Lovers of Goan food residing in the western suburbs now have a reason to be happy. Popular Mahim restaurant Goa Portuguesa, which serves Konkani Saraswat and Goan-Portuguese cuisine, will open an outlet in Lokhandwala, Andheri tomorrow.

Suburban Treat
“A lot of our guests reside in the suburbs and they have been insisting for all long time for an outlet in that part of the city. We are more than happy to be closer to them and all the other people for whom it is difficult to commute all the way to Mahim”, says Dr. Suhas Awchat, founder of the restaurant.

While the standarised menu will remain unchanged for the new outlet, the latter will boast of a modern and chic décor as compared to the original outlet, which has stuck to a traditional Goan ambience.

“With this new outlet, we have experimented quite a bit. Keeping with the times and aiming to attract the youth, the interiors are more swanky and contemporary. However, like in the older outlet, this new one will also have musicians who will serenade, travelling from table to table,” says he, adding that “despite certain changes, the new place will offer a deja-vu kind of experience to guests who are familiar with the hospitality of the Mahim outlet.”

Growing two-fold
Goa Portuguesa was started by Awchat, a practicing psychiarist along with his wife in 1988 in a small shop, and has since expanded to become of one of few restaurants in the city that serve authentic vegetarian and non-vegetarian Goan dishes. A part of the profits from the restaurants funds a charitable NGO for the mentally challenged run by Awchat.