One of the more popular beach restaurants in Baga – Brittos, has launched an all new outlet in Calangute. Though it’s not right on the beach – like our favourite Brittos in Baga, this one is a few steps off the beach and perfect if you’re looking to get away from the crowded beach and just chill for a bit with your friends or family.
1965 Food Hub by Brittos in Calangute – has been in operation since a few months, but I happened to visit only recently. The name is significant, because they wanted to remind people of their existence since 1965, when very few beach restaurants and shacks were present in the state. 1965 Food Hub by Brittos has maintained spread their legacy by working on curating an entirely different experience for the patrons at this new restaurant.
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The restaurant is spacious and airy, with widely spaced wooden tables and chairs in vibrant hues of
blue and yellow, to add a pop of colour and playfulness. The arty corners is what I loved the most. They have two really well done arty corners – one with paintings and one with antique furniture. The cage lanterns add to the vintage vibe as well.
The bar counter again, is really spacious and well done with wooden furniture and incandescent lights that lit up the exotic liquor bottles on display. The high chairs are perfect for grabbing a beer and chilling by the bar. However, if you’re looking to stick by for a lot longer and gorge on a lot of food (which I am sure you will), get a table for yourself.
|The bar counter|
Their drinks menu features a variety of cocktails, mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages. They also have some exotic cocktails and liquer coffees. We went in for an Esspresso Martini @350/- which was a coffee based concoction made of vodka, espresso coffee, coffee liqueur, and sugar syrup. The Cosmopolitan @260/-, a vodka based drink, was the right amount of sweet with cranberry juice and sweetened lime juice. The Daiquiri @350/- was flavoursome, with a fruity undertone.
|1965 Food Hub by Brittos cocktails|
Getting to the food – the food menu is different from the one at Brittos, but the focus still remains on seafood and Goan food. The menu in itself is designed to add to the Goan feel by including caricatures of the Goan way of life, which I absolutely loved.
Their featured items is given the most prominence. It includes Goan classics like the seafood thali @390/-, Goan chicken thali @310/-, Goan veg thali @270/-, fish curry or prawn curry rice @350/-, all of which are cooked by local cooks and beautifully presented for a truly Goan experience. They also have a variety of Goan items like cafreal, xacuti, rechado, balchao and chilly fry. However, they do not serve pork and beef. So you need to pick between chicken and seafood.
The menu includes a lot of non-Goan items as well. So if you aren’t willing to try Goan food or wish to try something different, you can pick from the paneer tikka @240/-, mushroom tikka @220/-, chicken momos @220/- and fish fingers @360/- for starters. They also have a bunch of Indian, Continental and Indo-Chinese delicacies to pick from. They also have a breakfast menu which includes variety of juices, teas and coffees. For the food you can pick from among the croissants, waffles, pancakes, sandwiches and other breakfast items.
We decided to focus more on the Goan food and tried the prawn chilly fry. The tiger prawn and cubed potato nicely cooked in a spicy Goan red gravy was served with salad and fries. What came next was my favourite part of the meal – cafreal pompret. The large pomfret, nicely stuffed with cafreal masala was presented to us. It was served with salad and fries and was absolutely delicious.
|Prawn chilly fry|
We also tried one of their thalis – seafood thali @390/-, since that’s one of their signatures. The thali is presented differently – unlike any other Goan thali I’ve eaten. The wooden platter is laid with a variety of Goan delicacies like crab xacuti, tisreo (clams) sukha, Goan fish curry, squid recheado, fried fish, prawn baffad, salad and papad, which was served with boiled rice and pav (Goan bread). The crab xacuti is melt in the mouth good. I absolutely loved the clams and the squid as well. This is an absolute treat for someone who loves Goan food or wishes to try Goan food. The portions are large and filling, so order wisely to avoid wastage.
Though I was stuffed by this time, I was pumped to try some desserts, because I love desserts more than food (it’s proven btw). However, dessert menu was depressing. Though I wished it was a little longer and had a few Goan desserts as well, I loved the ones they had in stock – the fudgy chocolate brownie with icecream @80/- was so delicious, and made for a perfect dessert with vanilla ice cream. The walnut brownie with icecream @100/- was wonderful as well.
|Chocolate brownie with icecream|
|Walnut brownie with icecream|
Overall, I liked the ambiance and the food. They do not have any events or live music nights yet, but the place has a really great vibe. I went there during the afternoons and loved how the place wasn’t packed. The wait staff are jovial and quick to attend to you, thus making the experience memorable.
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