On a recent visit to Anjuna, I stopped by at this cozy garden restaurant called Artjuna. The place – though seems little from the outside, is so impressive once you enter! With a boutique, garden restaurant, library, co-working space, yoga and MMA centre, and even a kitchen garden, it’s an amazing place to spend those summer afternoons. Though it’s pretty warm and humid these days, the restaurant has fans and a shed for their outdoor space. The thick foliage that forms a canopy above is an added bonus. The decor is minimalistic and exudes a peaceful vibe.
They are known to serve one of Goa’s best coffee, however this being a season not so favourable for coffee during the day, we found ourselves reaching out for some cool summer drinks. They serve an array of cool drinks, fizzers, fresh fruit juices, lassis, milkshakes, iced teas, vegetable juices, iced coffees and smoothies. They even have a health shot for the health conscious ones. We opted for a refreshing Pomegranate Eskimo @ Rs 140. Their thick, mushy Mango Blizz Smoothie @ Rs 140 and Jamun smoothie @ Rs 140 made of seasonal fruits was every bit of perfect!
Their menu is extensive, with a major focus being Mediterranean cuisine. Their breakfast menu is very interesting! Though they are a vegetarian restaurant, they do serve egg. I am definitely going back for breakfast... Their desserts too, equally tempting – I could have all of them. They have authentic Italian gelato, waffles, pancakes, cookies, cakes and a bunch of French dessert from Delicieux – which again, is my favourite place for dessert!
We started with Shakshuka @ Rs 200. It was my first time trying it and how I loved it! Made of eggs poached in a thick onion and tomato sauced spiced with paprika, cumin, garlic and pepper, it is served in a pan and alongside homemade soft bread.
It was followed by their Blue Cheese Salad @ Rs 340. The green lettuce, onion, chopped cucumber added the right amount of crunch, while the blue cheese added the creaminess. It was topped with crunchy bits of walnut, apple and spring onion and drizzled with vinaigrette dressing. Definitely a must try while there. It’s loaded and tasty, yet vegetarian – how cool!
I’m usually someone who prefers non-vegetarian food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, not once during my entire meal did I hope for seafood or meat, because everything I ate was yummy! For example the Bowl of Hummus @ Rs 130 was delicious. Made of fresh boiled chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice and topped with parsley and served with pickled veggies, spicy green chutney and pita bread, it was divine.
Next up was another platter of goodness – the Mazzet Platter @ Rs 220, with extra balls of falafel. It was my first time trying falafel – chickpea balls made by adding some condiments. The platter that comprises of Greek kalamata olives, feta cheese, tahini, olive paste, mixed pickled veggies and pita bread is something you must try while there! Mind it, the portion is quite large and you wouldn’t finish it by yourself, especially if you are eating something else too.
At the end we feasted on some delicious Caprese Salad – a simple Italian salad, made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil, and seasoned with olive oil. I loved all the food. Everything was so fresh and light on the stomach – perfect for the Goa weather. I loved the presentation and how colourful all of the food was too. The portion sizes are quite large and it’s totally value-for-money!
Getting to the last part – the dessert, which were great at expected too! We started with a strawberry gelato and moved on to a chocolate ball and baked cheesecake. I specifically loved the cheesecake and recommend you try it when there. The cheesecake was loaded with cream cheese and rested on a crumbly crust, making it tempting enough to dig in right then! And trust me, it was divine.