As tempting as it was to remain within the confines of our sprawling resort, my wife and I were certainly glad we walked down the beach in Goa. The meal we found was nothing short of spectacular.
Sitting on the western coast of India, we had a view of the Arabian Sea from our hotel room at the Park Hyatt Goa, now called the ITC Grand Goa Resort and Spa. But prices were exorbitant for food…and not just by Indian standards. And you know something else? It’s simply a shame to pay U.S. resort level pricing for food when you are in a “cheap” country with an excellent culinary tradition. That becomes a mind game of sorts, but frankly it seems almost criminal to spend $100 for dinner in India.
So Heidi and I ventured off the property and took a long stroll down the beach. It was a beautiful evening.
Presently, we came upon a little restaurant called Venus Beach Shack and decided to stop for dinner. Usually, pictures on menus are a big warning to stay away, but there were others enjoying the food and it looked pretty good.
Heidi wanted fish and asked what the catch of the day was. Mario, the restaurant owner (center below) said he had just caught a few fish earlier in the day and brought them over to the table so she could choose which one she wanted.
Heidi chose the pomfret. Now who knows whether it was truly caught a few hours earlier, but it certainly smelled fresh. I ordered chicken tikka, a dish I found difficult to deviate from while in India.
It took about an hour for the food arrive. We enjoyed the sunset as we waited.
Finally, the food arrived…and it was worth the wait! My chicken was superb and Heidi loved her fish (I sampled it and loved it too).
When our handwritten bill arrived it was for 1430 rupees, which is about $20. That included a couple Diet Cokes and a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice.
Sometimes I am too lazy to leave my resort or even hotel room. But culinary delights in India and beyond await if you are willing to venture out.