“A man is known by the shoe he wears. A house is known by the way they keep their bathroom. And, a restaurant is known by the spices they use.”
Some of us work on weekends too. Thus not enjoying the conventional holiday. On the bright side, the weekend that went by was spoiled by the blinding rains. And, when a friend of mine notified us about a new café opening in Bandra, we knew the plan instantaneously. And, we were there.
“The Serpis’ Wild Side Cafe”, situated right next to St. Andrew’s Church in Bandra, started their culinary experience, last evening. The convertible garage of the bungalow specializes in Barbeque dishes and soupy delights. As we entered the place, barbeque grills welcomed us. And, in that moment, we knew we were in Goa. An elderly Uncle greeted us with a disarming smile. His better half handed us the menu. The revamping process was not yet over and clearly, our lethal monsoons have delayed the final touches.
Floating in the air was the fresh aroma of Barbeque. We decided to order a pocket-friendly Barbeque Chicken, priced at R150, Hunter Chicken, costing us R175 and two glasses of steaming lemon grass tea. The wait was a short one. Mouth-watering Barbeque arrived. It was downright lip-smacking. There was a refreshing flavour of black pepper. And I have to admit even as I am recollecting last evening’s sumptuous snack, I am craving for one. Uncle offered us a first-day complementary Veal but we felt so full that we had to refuse the meat delight.
Next to arrive was Lemon Grass tea. However, before we could get over the Chicken and finish the tea, they offered us Tomato and Basil Soup. Yet another on the house offering! I am not a devotee of Tomato soup. It was shoe-string who forced me to try and Wow! That was some soup. It was a sheer delight melting down my oesophagus.
The final leg of our seemingly never ending meal presented us with the palatable Hunter’s Chicken with an equally beautiful garnishing of vegetables. The gravy was too gooey with a thick layer of melting butter. I couldn’t refrain myself from asking the million dollar question – What is the secret behind the taste? The answer was the predictable, “We can’t say. Ask the chef”.
It was a filling meal coupled with an affable ambience. If you are having a stressful week without any hint of respite in the near future, this place will prove to be a tonic for your aching head, thanks to the congenial people around. As you leave the simple little rustic café, all you would remember is the fine atmosphere with a finer menu. Mark our words; you will leave only to return.
PS: THE VIEW. One cannot simply ignore the majestic architecture of St. Andrew’s Church staring back at them as they sip their evening cup of tea and nibble on the delectable delicacies.
Let the place get in shape and it will be a melting point of fulfilling the stomach’s yearnings, especially for the church goers!
Happy Nibblin’ all ye food-lovers!