Located in the heart of Porvorim, along NH17, is this place to go to for a fun fine dining experience. Barcode Lounge and Grill is a relatively new diner, but is creating all the buzz for it's unique concept and menu. The restaurant is categorized into various areas: an outdoor area that screens live matches, a family dining area that is a tad more group-friendly, a space for couples to enjoy romantic candlelight dinners and an extensive bar perfect for those looking to unwind after a hectic day at work.
Barcode Lounge and Grill has an exhaustive selection that ranges from grills, continental, barbeque and Italian food, what makes this place really stand out is its attempt to bridge the gap between Goa and Europe by accommodating Goan delicacies, like fresh seafood, in a European cuisine style. They also serve a variety of Seafood and North Indian food.
Barcode Lounge and Grill also have a special Goan menu where they serve a plethora of Goan delicacies including the iconic Fish Thali, Sausage Pulav and Prawn Balchao. The Barcode spcial fish thali here is giant platter serving a portion of Rice, Goan Bhaji (Cooked Vegetable), Sol Kadi (Goan Kokum Curry), Salad, Tisreo (Clams dry masala in a coconut gravy), Kismoor (mixture made with salted dry fish/prawns), Curry (Famous Goan Fish Curry) and Fried Fish (Mackeral/Kingfish).
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I went to Barcode Lounge and Grill on a rainy afternoon with a friend. The ambience blends in with the fine cuisine: with minimal lighting and chilled out music. You see artistically done graphics on the wall that exude an aura of elegance. The décor highlights black, white and all 50 shades of grey and perfectly complements the vibe of the place.
We relaxed on the cushioned chairs, chatting and sipping on our cocktails. Also the bar menu requires a special mention. The mixologists (as the Nero Barcode bartenders are referred to as) whip up unimaginably distinct and interesting concoctions that even include cheesecake and tiramisu flavored cocktails and construct quirky cocktail towers.
We tried Stuffed Mushrooms and Quesadilla. True to its name, the Stuffed Mushrooms are deep fried mushrooms stuffed with cottage cheese, bell peppers, herbs served with toasted bread and inhouse dip. The Quesadilla, a Mexican delicacy is toasted corn tortilla sandwich stuffed with cheese and veggies, served with potato wedges, salsa and sour cream.
Diner: Nero Barcode Lounge and Grill
Type: Casual Dining
Cuisines: Continental, American, Goan, Indian
Location: Porvorim Goa
Timing: 12 Noon to 3 PM, 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Adress: H.No 821, Oppsite Goa Scan Centre, NH17 Highway, Alto Porvorim, Goa
Cost for two: Rs. 1200/-