Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Food Review | Breakfast at Cluck Tales, Panjim

A rather new addition to the culinary scene of Panjim, Cluck Tales is creating the buzz for all the right reasons. Thrown open in May with an extensive grub menu, it recently added a special breakfast menu on Sunday and very soon aim to introduce a bar as well. Known for cooking everything healthy, Manjula is a chef who is known for creating food that appeals to all the senses.

It was a pleasure being invited to sample the breakfast menu at Cluck Tales; and being hosted by chef Manjula, it called for a fun start to my Sunday. Besides explaining what went into making of the food, she gave us valuable insights from her decades of culinary experience around the world.

Manjula started her career as a chef with Taj Mumbai, before moving to England, and eventually coming back to Goa to set up Cluck Tales in the heart of the capital city. Like every Goan, her heart lies here and she tries to bring a twist to her meals to cater to every palette. Young or old – veg or non-veg, Manjula has something unique cooking for you in her kitchen.
There are two things about Cluck Tales that’s worth a mention. 1 – They serve only Chicken and veg items. Even though the food seems great, Manjula has avoided pork and beef on the menu, thus making it convenient for people who do not eat red meat. 2 – The cooking methods: The chicken is marinated for way longer than usual and cooked on lava stone, which is a very healthy means of cooking by using minimal oil, yet making the chicken tender and tasty.

The place is very simply done and has a great vibe to it. The bakery counter as you enter with some delicious European treats (yes! they have Éclair and cupcakes) on display, large French windows and the wooden interiors gives the place a very colonial feel. Everything is done up with hues of bottle green, brown and white – and it’s absolutely soothing.
Since this post is about my experience at the Sunday brunch, I shall tell you more about it and save the other details for some other time. The Sunday breakfast is an iconic spread of European delicacies with a local twist for Panjim-ites who love eating out. Most of the breakfast options are vegetarian, but at Cluck Tales, every Sunday is a riot of classy Chicken and veg fare. It’s open from 9 am to 3 pm.

The guests are served a healthy drink on arrival, which changes every Sunday. The one on grabs this Sunday was made of cucumber, coconut and lime. It was a splendid mix of creamy coconut flavour and tangy lime and cucumber blended to perfection. The drinks served in small shot glasses tastes amazing for a healthy drink (totally unexpected)!
There are five breakfast items on the breakfast menu. There is a breakfast platter, scrambled egg on toast, pancakes, omelette and sausages. I tried three of them and I shall tell you all about it. Before I begin, let me say this – it’s amazing! I am not a breakfast person, and I don’t like eating breakfast out because I don’t like the breakfast items (except kheema pav).

What came first was the European breakfast platter. A delicious fried egg over buttered spinach and a savoury muffin. It contained a bunch of sautéed mushroom, a chicken sausage, grilled tomato and crispy hashbrown. I absolutely loved the hashbrown – it was so delicious and crispy, everyone who loves potatoes in general will sure love it.
Up next was a stack of spicy chicken sausages over thick toast, topped with masala white beans. The sausages were prepared so well – juicy, infused with the right flavours. The spicy tangy stack of masala beans besides increasing the nutritional value complimented the sausages and toast just right.
Manjula also recommended the pancake, which I did try. The large sourdough thick pancake was served with fruit compote and topped with cream. The compote was sweet beyond my expectation and was a slight turn off, but the pancake was done right and made up for the extra sweetness.
To top it all, I had a muffin – the softest muffin that crumbled the moment I dug into it. I’d definitely have another one if I wasn’t stuffed already!
So that was about the fun Sunday morning spent at Cluck Tales. The next time you are craving a delicious English breakfast, you know where to go! You can find them on Facebook and Instagram to check all the droolworthy photographs they upload.

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Text & Photos: Flexcia D'souza | Food Blogger | Goa
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