Every time we think of Goa, the first thing that comes to our minds is its famous beaches and of course, mouth-watering Goan delicacies and their local drink, fenny. An avid foodie plans a trip especially for these three elements, especially the Delhites. Every second day, our Facebook and Instagram pops up pictures and posts of our friends touring to Goa dining in a beachside shack. So, for all those Goan food fanatics, famous restaurateur AD Singh has won many hearts as always, by bringing a Goan shack to Delhi via Lady Baga. Think Baga, think Goa. You will not feel anything less than being on a beachside shack in Goa, owing to the music, food, ambience and service. Replacing Monkey Bar, Lady Baga is the new kid on the block.
When we think of Goan shack, we always think of sand, the sound of the waves, the sea and sun decks on the beach along with Goan music that starts from slow soft yet peppy tunes in the day progressing into the Jazz and Latin beats in the night. A bar raised amidst the shack concocting the soul and head stirring cocktails and hookah out in the open would be other features complementing this experience.
The two storey and a terrace restaurant host all of these in one place segregated into sections. The vibrant and lively lighting and interiors flock around the place, instigating guests to click selfies in every corner. One side of the wall projects a seal with waves flowing and the sound of the waves unwinds your soul brilliantly. The sun decks near the walls are the most preferred options to sit and relax while sipping or gulping on your favourite spirit and gorging on yummy delicacies. Another side, hosts couches and chairs with cheerful coloured walls, which one might want to switch after a while with the sun decks. Both sides also support the complementing climates, as around the sun decks, it is pleasant and airy, while the other side would be slightly warm. The second floor is done up with beach chairs, hammocks and bar stools where one can enjoy the varied hookah flavours along with the grubs and cocktails. Their terrace is a great option for those, who want to enjoy the outside views from a height while enjoying the weather.
The staff is friendly and hospitable. Right from the chef, to the bartender and servers, everyone is there to offer assistance of any kind. They also try to be as casual as people in Goa are, creating a fun-filled atmosphere to enhance the dining experience. You might find the bartender trying to make your taste a variety of shots, so if don’t want to get slashed you can ask him to serve you as much as you desire.
The Acid Test comes in a glass of ice, two lemon rinds, mint leaves and finally two miniature bottles of Banta with one flavoured with kala khatta and the other with lime. Salt is sprinkled on the rim of the bottles to save you from that kick that you might be in for. The choice of flavour could differ subject to the palate.
A Bloody Mari in a shot glass with tomato juice, vodka and the interesting twist to the cocktail is the Goan chorizo infused in the vodka. The flavour would initially taste normal till you savour the whole sip, in which you can taste the Goan chorizo. Slightly pungent, but is one of the best-sellers here. For chorizo lovers definitely, this drink is a must-try.
Platter D Friar
This is a wholesome vegetarian appetizer platter, with a combination of cottage cheese, mushroom fritters, okra crisps and seasoned French fries. Since, for vegetarians, options are slightly limited, this is one of the best bets among starters.
Bombay With Love
This version of Bombil fish, deep-fried and crusted with mustard is a decadent starter to try at Lady Baga. Crisp to perfection served with salad, this could be savoured option for fish lovers.
Light My Fire
These chicken wings are as fiery as the name, tossed in hot red sauce served with sauce and salad. Another popular option, especially for chilly and spice lovers.
For all prawn lovers out there, this is a recommended option to order. Tossed in Goan spices and garnished with curry leaves, the flavours are brilliantly and prawns and tender and soft. It pairs well with the cocktails as well.
Lotte De Rois
It is more like a regular masala omelette with a thick creamy pink sauce. Preferably recommended for egg lovers, as they don’t look for any reason to order eggs anywhere.
Main Course 3.5|5
Father Lorenzo’s Chorizos
Minced pork chorizo with pav is a highly recommended option to try here. The chorizo is perfectly cooked and combines well with the pav. This could be the highlight of the meal for you if you like pork.
Fish Goan Curry
This is a non-vegetarian version of the Veg Xacuti with fish as the substitute. Again served with steamed rice, you can try this dish in the main course.
This is a tangy and spicy pork vindaloo preparation, again served with steamed rice to complete the meal. It might not be the best option if you don’t like tangy food.
This is a traditional Goan dessert made in seven layers with main ingredients being sugar, coconut milk, egg yolk, ghee and flour. Brown in colour, it is found in every restaurant, patisserie or shack in Goa, and at Lady Baga too.
A sticky toffee pudding made with dates and brown sugar served with ice cream is the just best way to end a delightful meal on a sweet note. The toffee sauce poured on top, is, however, too sweet.
This is a kokum flavoured crème brulee that comes topped with dark caramel sauce. For kokum lovers, this is a heavenly treat.
So, do visit Lady Baga to get a feel of Goa in the heart of the city.
Meal for two: Rs. 1200
At: P-3/90, Connaught Place, New Delhi