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Goan cuisine brought closer home

Do you crave the aroma and flavour of fresh sea food like vindaloo or prawn xacuti? And can't think of a destination. Swapnapriiya tells you about a restaurant which serves delicious original Goan cuisine.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2009 15:42 IST

Goan cuisineDo you crave the aroma and flavour of fresh sea food like vindaloo or prawn xacuti? And can't think of a destination.

Lately relocated from Chitranjan Park to Huda Shopping complex, in Gurgaon, Bernardo's is a relatively recent addition to the list of eating-out joints.

Set up by Goan couple Chrys and Cres Fernandes the place subtly takes over all your senses. Right from soothing strains of Goan music playing in the background to the dim lit stairway peppered with family photographs in black and white of the Bernardo family sets the right mood. It offers a neat setting of 4-5 tables with a decent seating space for a group of upto 6. It's done up in orange and yellow, with palm trees thrown in. One surely gets transported from the self-proclaimed 'City of Malls' to the bylanes of Candolim or Calangute.

Cres cooks each dish herself - Vindaloo, Sorpetel, Chicken Xacuti, Pork, Sorpetel, Prawn Curry and Fish and Prawn Raechdo. The restaurant has family pictures on the walls which give the place the feel of a Goan home. Frequented by the fash frat, Bernardo's has brought the aromas of Goa closer home.

The platter
The top favourite starter 'Peixe Recheado'-basically fried fish stuffed with traditional Goan spices, served with salad - will force to forget the calorie-meter. For the main-course, it's difficult to choose with so many options but recommendation goes for the 'Sorpotel', (and our suggestion, have it with the pao), 'chicken Felicidae', which is a recipe Cress borrowed from her mother-in law. Kudos also for the 'Fofos'- yummy fish cutlets served on a bed of salad, with butter and pao. For the seafood lovers there's a lot to choose from, 'Ambot-tik'-a hot and sour fish curry and 'Caril de Camaro'- a spicy prawn curry cooked in traditional spices and coconut milk (have this with the rice). The 'Chourico'-spicy Goa sausages cooked with potatoes and tomatoes, is another Goan specialty, and it doesn't get more original than this that the Goan sausages are sourced from Mapusa in Goa!

There isn't much for the vegetarians. But okra simmered in a coconut based curry and the 'Caap' - a sweet and sour green mango curry, is to die for.

For dessert sample a slice of apple cinnamon cake or a banana walnut cake (which Cress bakes herself). Must try with ice cream. A meal for two would cost around Rs 500. What more can somebody ask for?

Parting shot
The only thing missing apart from the beach beds is probably a dark bottle of King's beer. Reason being the absence of a beer license. But Chrys is soon to apply for that too. Till then Vindaloo with beer is Vindaloo with coke. For the foodies who are waiting for their next trip to Goa - this one will just be worth it.

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