Saturday, August 18, 2018

An exquisite Italian dining experience at Morgan's Place in Sangolda

In the quaint town of Sangolda, in North Goa, right across the bustling Chogm Road, lies a little space tucked away in a palatial Portuguese bungalow. The quirky design and vibrant colours is sure to attract passer-by’s, if not, there’s an arty board that will sure lure you to visit if you’re that side! It’s just been eight years since its inceptions, but this space is sure become the talk of the town. It was my first visit there, but I had already seen too many photos online and heard people talk so much about the place to know what to expect. And it sure pleased!

The Goa outlet is the third outlet of Morgan’s Place. Though the Dharamkot outlet in Mclodganj is still the popular one, they have tried to maintain uniformity. The cozy interiors, vivacious theme and colourful furniture is sure to appeal. The colonial restored bungalow that houses Morgan’s Place has retained some of its old-school charm, while the quirky interiors add character to the space. While some parts of the heritage house is retained, a lot of elements are added to resemble their other properties.

You enter a plush verandah on arrival, which leads into the hallway and the rooms within – all of which are decorated in the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ theme. The walls boast of large paintings – each one reciting a fairytale. The chandeliers, wooden furniture, mini libraries and art on the wall gives the space an alluring effect. As you walk inside, passing by glass doors and mirrored walls, you reach the ‘red room’, which was sure my favourite. I did park myself on a cushioned armchair by the windowside, on a heart-shaped table with a book shelf right in front of me! Yes! That pretty… and dreamy.

If I wasn’t in fairyland already, the menu sure took me there! It comprised of a selection of interesting Italian delicacies – home-made pastas, wood-fired pizzas, salads, paninis and soups! We started with a few assorted crostinis as we sipped on our refreshing mocktails. The crostini ham, bacon, funghi (mushroom) and garlic – were absolutely delicious and definitely recommended for light munchies before you dive into some more goodness!

Their outdoor space is extremely pretty as well! The focus is on details, and it’s noticed in every little element – may it be the colour choice or the tissue box or the cutlery. Then there’s the friendly giant of a pupper – Chico always making his presence felt and wanting to be played with and petted! He definitely steals the show for doggo-lovers! Of course, not for me! I was petrified at first, but he was pretty darn friendly!

Next up was the gnocchi primavera – the most comforting vegetarian meal I’ve had. For someone who doesn’t like vegetarian food, the homemade gnocchi with mushroom, spinach and blue cheese in a creamy white sauce was delightful! I relished every bit of it! I’m told their Bolognese, ravioli, lasagne and risotto is worth a shot too!

Their signature pizza was next on the list! We got a half-and-half pizze – with one half made of BBQ chicken and the other with pepperoni. The thin crust classic pepperoni was one of the best I’ve had so far! The smoky flavour added to the entire experience!

Their variety of desserts are interesting too! I had to go in for the ‘Hello to the Queen’, because everyone is raving about it, and I wanted to check if it lives up to the hype! A soft, warm fried banana base, layered with cinnamon cookie crumble, topped with mango (replaced with strawberry during season) and vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate syrup to make the perfect dessert oozing a burst of flavours and textures in every bite. The gooey chocolate mousse was of the right consistency and sweetness, and was to-die-for! A perfect end to the meal!

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