The latest edition to the Goan culinary and nightlife scene is Showbar - a retro pub situated in Candolim on the bustling Aguada-Siolim Road. The industrial themed interiors, antique props and original 'talkies' setting makes the gastrobar a great place to hang out with friends on literally any night of the week.
|Hello from Showbar!|
Their events include live performances on Saturday night, movie nights on Tuesdays (during which they screen movies on the screen there), Flashback Nights wherein their musicians and DJs set the mood with some retro tracks and so on. They also get in some Indian comics to put up an occasional stand-up comedy evening. BUT the biggest one is their Friday night - wherein they have introduced the stock exchange concept which lets you buy drinks at throwaay prices. I'm sure you've heard of the buzz!
On the outside, 'Show bar | Antique Vintage Gastropub' gives you an illusion of a pub in LA. As you enter, you step into a world of films - an old school movie theatre, complete with movie posters. The bar counter features high rising stools and a well stocked bar. The pub is spread across two storeys - again that gives you a feel of the 'balcony sitting' as seen in old school theatres. A bright coloured vintage scooter perched against the railing adds to the retro vibe.
Coming to the drinks and food - the menu is designed by chef Christopher. They have some lovely cocktails to pick from. I stuck to a sangria and thoroughly enjoyed it. it's just made right with a balanced proportion of red wine, juice, fruit and condiments. They pretty much feature every commonly found cocktail like the classic Long island Iced Tea or Cosmopolitan, besides stocking several brands of imported liquor.
Their pub grubs features a is large range of fusion food and a lot of it seems interesting.The Parsi Style Salli Boti, Desi Beef Tacos, Mini Lamb Gyros, Balls to Biryani, Awesomosas and Pizza Fries seem great! The stars of the Between Breads menu is the Double Whammy Baconstor and tandoori Spice Chicken Steak Burger. The mains feature a delectable mix of grills, roasts and steaks, while the dessert menu is absolutely tempting!
After scanning the menu as I sipped on my sangria, we asked for a few items off their menu. The Cheesy Pav Bhaji Fondue was recommended and I went ahead and tried it. I was told it's inspired by the Pav Bhaji Fondue from R'Adda in Juhu, Mumbai. I loved the concept of converting the popular street food into a gourmet item served at Showbar.
|Cheesy Pav Bhaji Fondue|
The original Swiss fondue only features molten cheese served in the fondue pot over a portable stove. The twist at Showbar is - pav bhaji and cheese instead of molten cheese served with buttery toasted bread that can be eaten by dipping the cubes into the tava bhaji using long-stem forks.
Next up was The 5 Bran Cereal Killer. I was lovin' the quirky names and nicely presented long trays. The crispy, mildly spiced chicken tenders coated in cereal served with a spicy sauce were nothing extraordinary, but a good option to munch on as you enjoy the evening.
|The 5 Bran Cereal Killer|
Piggy In A Blanket - another one of their highlight made its way to our table soon. It's a fabulous bratwurst (pork sausage) stuffed in a puff pastry served with salad and mango curry mayonnaise.
|Piggy In A Blanket|
What came next was the Showstopper and I knew, with that I was done with the food! The servings here are big enough to be shared by a bunch of people. So you're pretty stuffed. Also, for the pricing, the food definitely is value for money. So getting back to my Showstopper - it's a glorified version of Mac and Cheese. The fried mac and cheese nuggets were as good as they could get. A tip - try to finish them before they get cold!
Since I was done with my dinner with this, I didn't ask for the main course. BUT, I'm a sucker for dessert. So I was more than happy when a pretty Chef's Special Dessert Platter was sent my way. What delighted me even more was the large blob of Seradurra in between the dark chocolate chocolate tart (yummm!) and other delicacies. There was no way I would waste even a bit of the dessert. I enjoyed every bit of what was on my platter and literally licked the Seradurra off the plate!
|The chef's special dessert platter|
Overall it was a great evening of sangria and tapas! For a new gastropub, they are definitely doing a great job. Also, situated in a prime location makes it an ideal place to stop by for the night before you hit the discotheque along the Northern coastal belt of Goa. BTW, SinQ is right next door, just in case!
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