Goa has always had a Portuguese effect and owing to the history it’s also referred to as the ‘Portuguese state of India’. Naturally, the food also has an extensive influence of the Portuguese. Back to our shores, our very own Lady Baga at Connaught Place, which has already bought Goa to the city, has recently introduced a new Portuguese Menu as part of ‘Ola Portugal’ festival.
The interiors of Lady Baga has been making waves ever since this place was launched. The shack decor, the huge hippie paintings, the dream catchers, the projected sea beach; all give the place a beachy Goan vibe, but we must say that extra care has been taken on the food. In fact even if the ambience is bang on, people will come back for the food and they make sure that you have no complaints against the food.
The Portuguese menu consists of four major sections and the menu is quite limited, which is a good thing as you wouldn’t need to fret over on what to order. Whether you make a choice from the section of Small Bites or French Garlic Toasties or Sandwiches or Main Course, you can be rest assured that you are in for a treat!
Our appetizers were the Lava Fries (V) and the Bacon Fries (NV) from the Small Bites section. The Bacon Fries, tossed in a barbecue sauce, topped with crisp bacon & jalapenos and perfectly seasoned; are great to be had with your favorite cocktail in hand – we chose the Tawny Baga – an allspice and orange infused red wine.
tawny baga & madeira vida
A platter of Garlic Toasties was next – one with Kale, Cherry Tomatoes and Yellow Cheddar, another with a topping of Cheese and Fig – very well done, these Garlic Toasties are the perfect companion if you are here for drinks. The toasties were crisp and flavorful and we would have happily devoured a few more. Fofos (a Portugal classic) was perfectly fried fish rolls – crisp outside while maintaining the juicy fish inside. Almondeqas de Peixe brought aromatic baked fish cakes in silicone cups to our table.
in the platter – fofos, fish cakes and garlic toasties
We also tried the Francesinha Pork Sandwich from the menu and by all means it comes loaded with pork, topped with a poached egg and cheese. This one was massive with excellent balance of spiciness.
francesinha pork sandwich
The mains were a portion of Prawn Pilaf & Pork Sorpotel with Pao. Sorpotel is a very famous Portuguese dish where the meat is first parboiled and sautéed and then cooked in a spicy tangy sauce; best had with buttered paos. Pilaf is served with a spicy thick prawn curry, and the dish as a whole is scrumptious.
batatas bravas with tomato frittata
sunday roast chicken
For desserts we picked the Serradura, which is also known as Sawdust Pudding – layers of crumbled biscuit and whipped cream – a creamy delight. They also have the Apple Crepe Suzette in their menu.
apple crepe suzette
Visit Lady Baga for the good ol’ Goan charm and the amazing fares. The Portuguese menu is a nice addition to the already delicious Goan food being served here.