Festa, Grand Mercure Goa Shrem, Candolim

‘The Grand Mercure’,Goa Shrem resort. Located near the football ground in Candolim. This time we reviewed their 24×7 coffee shop called Festa, meaning ‘Feast’ in Portuguese, with all their cocktails coming in from ‘Junho’ bar. The hotel is now a year old and is drop dead gorgeous, dishing out some very interesting combinations. With a wide spread, from ‘A la carte’ to even their buffet. Serving Goan delacacies, Asian & continental, not to forget in a very modern classy setup.

Twisted Goan Caiprioska – Something to blend with the Goan monsoon weather. Cashew fenni, lime juice, brown sugar & crushed ice.
Goan spice punch – you can surely smell this as it reaches your table. A concoction made from lime juice, cardamom, cashew fenni & a splash of lime breezer, with a rim full of chat masala.
Kokum Kosmopolitan – Another signature from Goa, or I could say ‘made for Goa’. Kokum juice shaken with cashew fenni, infused with sugar & lime juice.

Fruit Mojito – Chopped mixed fruits, with sugar, crushed & topped with Bacardi & 7up. Not to forget.. the mint.
Mango lime ice tea – Mango juice, regular tea & lime. This is definitely an Ice tea made for Goa. Super refreshing, like mango in the rain..

Basil Garlic Prawns – Giant white prawns, straight from the sea.. marinated with garlic basil & lime, more like a coarsely ground pesto, cooked to perfection in a tandoor.

Paneer Dum Roll – Shallow fried veggies, made up of bell peppers, cabbage & cheese, stuffed in a paneer blanket & pan grilled.

Amuse-bouche – The chef’s creation. A water melon salad, with a strong Goan Influence. Served with a super refreshing dressing, made with juliennes of kokum, coriander & chilli.

Soba noodles with Asian slaw – Authentic Japanese soba noodles, tossed with a fresh Asian slaw, served cold with a mild kimchi flavour

Peri peri Roast chicken – Succulent roast chicken, marinade in an aromatic Goan Kashmiri chilli based masala, served with garlic & coriander mash.

Nasi Goreng – traditional Indonesian fried rice, served with chicken satay & golden fried prawns topped with a fried egg, served with peanut sauce & chilli sambal with a prawn cracker. Nasi Goreng is mainly made with a mix of meats. In this case we had chicken & prawn.

The Goan Thali – So if you ever wondered what a world class or international standard Goan thali would look like, here it is. The traditional Goan thali, the 5 star way. To my surprise, the flavours were nailed spot on.. Comprising of a Goan salad, fried fish, prawn curry, chicken xacuti, tisrio (clams), beans bhaji, tendli bhaji, steamed rice, roti, sol kadi & not to forget, the delicious ‘bebinca’.

The Lunch Buffet – The lunch buffet gives one a spectacular choice of over 40 dishes to choose from. With a selection from authentic Goan to western, Asian & Indian, with a salad bar & bread counter, not to forget the mouth-watering deserts..

The Lunch Buffet – The lunch buffet gives one a spectacular choice of over 40 dishes to choose from. With a selection from authentic Goan to western, Asian & Indian, with a salad bar & bread counter, not to forget the mouth-watering deserts..

Desert Tarts – A super light chocolate mousse, Fruit triffle, Chocolate parfait with mango ice cream.

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