We don't really have places that come anywhere close to the original tavern experience, I was introduced to Joseph Bar recently and was pretty awestruck by it. And when I walked into Taverna the other day for an early dinner, I was absolutely amazed by the interiors and ambiance. Trust me when I say I have a thing for colonial places. Though on the outside, the place seems pretty okay, it's more like a walk into a Portuguese era bar right in the heart of Panjim city, with ample parking space, which is a rarity in Panjim.
For someone who is constantly struggling to find a cool place to hang out with a bunch of friends after work, or a casual meeting, this is an ideal location. Also, it's perfect for someone who don't seem to find parking inside the city. Saying this having known a friend who never seems to find a parking spot until he takes ten rounds around Fidalgo. So he ends up leaving for a meeting an hour earlier, so that he can find a place to park and still make it in time.
About how I landed at this place... My usual favourite is Watsons for drinks and some light bites. If not that, Terminal or Mojos is always an option. But on this particular evening, wanting to try a new place kinda led me to Taverna, and I absolutely love how the place looks and feels. Totally my kind of a place. They have seating on the ground floor and first floor - you cross a wooden staircase to get there. Pretty chairs placed against large windows, cutesy wall hangings and incandescent lights kinda completes the picture.
Their bar menu features a variety of cocktails, mocktails and drinks for someone wanting to just chill over drinks. Though there's nothing really special about the menu, one can pick from the regulars like mojito, cosmopolitan or pinacolada. I went in for something that piqued my interest - Taverna, while my friend opted for the classic - Mojito. Taverna is a feni based cocktail infused with pineapple which you'll only like if you have an affinity towards feni.
The food menu is limited and restricted to a few Goan delicacies and light bites, which includes chicken, pork, beef and seafood. They even serve tongue, pork roast, cafreal and the like. So hardcore Goan good lovers are in for a treat. We nibbled on some bar food - chicken and prawn and didn't quite like it. But the Goan chorico-pav was great! However, I quite liked the seradurra and chocolate brownie!
Don't go here for the food. Go here to chill with friends! I've heard they have some cool music nights as well. And they're introducing a stand-up comedy open mic as well. just check what's happening for the night before you go!
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