The Hyatt Place has been there on the bustling Candolim road since a while now, but they’re upping their food game with a series of promos at their in-house restaurants. I happened to visit 24/7 Gallery Café on an October Friday, while their Stir Frydays promo is on. If you’re reading this before October 13, you have a chance to drop by on the day and experience a curated Pan-Asian buffet and live stations for dinner.
As you enter this arty little place – with a central bar counter and the live stations and buffet counter at the far end, tastefully done décor and wooden furniture; you know you’re in for a good evening. The cane lanterns and chandeliers and candles on each table added the romance to the otherwise earthy restaurant.
|The buffet counter|
Their buffet counter is laden with Pan-Asian delicacies, but if you’re not a fan of Oriental cuisine, they have an Indian food counter as well. Otherwise, you can just indulge in some of their brilliant culinary creations, all with the benefit of great service and five star hospitality. The staff, I must mention, are friendly and well-trained and assist you in everything, ensuring you have a comfortable and hearty meal.
|The welcome drink|
Piping hot soups like Tom Yum Koong and Vegetable Hot and Sour featured in the exclusive soup counter. The salad bar lets you experience a burst of flavours with salads like Pickled Raw Papaya Salad with Nam jim Dressing, Spicy Glass Noodles, Poached Fish with Asian Greens and Nuoc cham Dressing and a lot more; while for the Korean food lovers, the Kimchi Bar serving sour to salty, funky to fiery and mellow flavours in cabbage, cauliflower, bamboo shoot, radish, cucumber and carrots is delightful.
|The satays and lollipops|
|Curried cottage cheese satay|
|Seafood sugarcane lollipops and chicken lemongrass lollipops|
The Mutton Tikki was one of the best I’ve had. I love mutton kheema and tikkis even otherwise, and this was absolutely delicious. Served hot, with kimchi, the melt-in-the-mouth cutlets were every bit of awesome. I ended up having quite a few. These are definitely recommended!
Going ahead, I loved the momos too. They have two variants of steamed momos – chicken and vegetable, which were steamed in the cane basket on the live counter. I found the batter a bit tough as compared to momo batter generally, but the filling was exquisite. I wish they had more variants or type of momos, but for one time, this is good enough.
|Veg and chicken momos|
For the main course, though the items were limited, most of them seemed pretty interesting to me. I tried the stir fried chicken in lemon coriander sauce, sweet and sour fish, wok tossed Chinese greens in mild chilli garlic sauce with chilli garlic fried rice. There was some sort of added flavouring agent that made the fried rice a bit too harsh on your palate, but the fish, chicken and veggies were delightful. I loved the medley of flavours and colours on my plate.
Getting to the second best part of the meal – the desserts. I suggest you leave some space for the desserts, because they’re worth a shot. They have a couple of ice creams with nutty toppings, a green tea cake, which is a pound cake with a green tea flavour, and is a tad bit dry. The mousses and puddings however, are delicious. I loved the Chilled Sago Melon Soup, Mango Pudding with Coconut Cream and Pandan Flan with Salted Caramel. Must try!
Overall, Stir Frydays, priced at Rs 950/- + taxes, is a great Friday dinner plan if you’re craving some Pan-Asian delicacies. Though choices are limited, they’ve put their heart into making the food that’s on offer. They also have a bunch of vegetarian offerings, and the food overall, is good. Stir Frydays is on till October 13, at 24/7 Gallery Café, Hyatt Place, Candolim, Goa, from 7 pm to 11 pm. #StirFrydays
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|The dessert counter|