I have a lot of people ask me for recommendations for ‘perfect date night’ spots. And mostly, I cant think of any. But now that I discovered this hidden gem in Fontainhas in Panaji, let me tell you about this serene space.
The large green colonial building housing this quaint restaurant – Desbue – is a part of the La Maison homestay. I passed by this place occasionally during my frequent walks in Fontainhas, but it was only recently – out of curiosity – that I actually entered. It was totally unplanned, I wasn’t even dressed the part.
A friend who was down in Goa and I were heading to lunch at Viva Panjim, but we hadn’t booked a table and it was super crowded. As a result of which we walked out and took a walk towards the St Sebastian Chapel in Fontainhas and decided to enter this fancy looking place!
On stepping in, you enter a classy European restaurant which smells and looks fresh! The décor – hues of gold and green – curtains, chandeliers, mirrors, cushions and cozy couches line the room with large windows. As you move further, the restaurant décor got more vibrant and colourful. How dreamy!
The menu is limited to European delicacies, however, you have an option of customising it. For example, the wait staff will inform you that the food will be blend for the Goan palate and enquire whether you want condiments and spices added to your order.
We, however, chose to try what the chef presents while we ordered our steamed fish which was delightful. The Leaf Steamed Fish @ Rs 550/- came with coconut rice, cabbage slaw and fish sauce. The fish was cooked right and made a perfect meal.
For dessert, we tried the Green Tea Panacotta, which looked great, but the taste didn’t match up. It was a slight turn down, but the tea was enough to brighten our moods. We ended our meal with a cup of flavourful Rose In The Bloom Tea @ Rs 120/-. An infusion of rose petals, liquorice, fennel, aniseed, black pepper, white pepper and nutmeg, this herbal tea left me wanting for more.
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