Goa has been a hotbed for fine dining and international cuisine for decades. When it comes to choice, there is no dearth of it regardless of which area in the state you choose to dine. From the eclectic mix of establishments along the beach fronts to up and coming villages like Assagao becoming a new venue for restaurant owners to explore, the only people who stand to gain are the Goans and those visiting from out of town. Now to add to the mix are two exciting restaurants that have opened up in Candolim, bringing with it an unprecedented level of international cuisine. Having carved a niche for itself with its diverse culinary offerings in Bali, Noaa and Spice Mantraa have now expanded its reach to Goa at YU Hotel.
International offerings in a local setting
The opening of the two restaurants last weekend on the 24th and 25th of January was no small affair. The launch of Noaa and Spice Mantraa saw local MLA Michael Lobo grace the event, while special guests included the likes of South African former cricketer and commentator Jonty Rhodes, DJ Aqueel, musician Shaan and Indian Idol winner Abhijeet Sawant, among others. Noaa and Spice Mantraa is the brainchild of International Chef Richard, Celebrity Chef Shailendra Kekade and Chef Sanjay Kotian, who have specially curated the menu for the two international restaurants keeping in mind the need of today’s discerning travellers.
Food fit for Gods
Noaa offers a predominantly Pan-Asian menu which includes locally-inspired culinary offerings. It is designed to be a social, creative space and offers an eclectic experience in the state’s tourist hub. The all-day dining restaurant promises to satiate one’s cravings with an extensive spread of tasty, contemporary cuisine from parts of Asia and Europe using the finest of ingredients. Fresh local produce features in the well-curated menu which includes distinct Asian flavours. The menu features an array of diverse mouth-watering recipes including an exotic Carbon Chicken, delectable Prawn cocktail with Rechado and chive dressing, Asparagus Roll in a Cafreal sauce and Scotched Quail Eggs. Lovers of sushi can opt for a selection of offerings including the California Roll. For light bites, the restaurant features a selection of Goan inspired dumplings including the Prawn Rechado dumplings and Chicken Vindalho Gyoza.
Guests can also enjoy authentic woodfired pizzas and burgers with a Goan twist such as a Goan Chorizo pizza, Prawn Balchao Ravioli or a Barbequed Chicken Poee Burger. Favourites from the restaurant in Bali – Charmoulah Style Grilled Chicken and Seared Salmon feature on the menu. The thoughtfully created beverage list features interesting cocktails, coolers and sundowners. The bar section of the menu includes Tangerine Crush, Ginger Mule, Girol Spritz and a wide selection of other infused concoctions.
The second of its culinary destinations – Spice Mantraa – is inspired by the timeless allure of Indian and Goan cuisine. Meals here immerses you in a rich experience of traditional flavours, spices and cooking methods which tell the story of India’s culinary journey through the years. Traditional Goan cuisine features prominently on the menu which includes local favourites such as Assado De Porco, Croquettes, Seafood and spicy kokum infused Pork Amsol among others.
Goa gets a new luxury destination
Speaking on the occasion, Mr K S Ramkrishnan, the Chairman of Star Alliance Resorts said, “We are delighted and thrilled to announce the launch of YU Hotel which brings something new and exciting to the area. The hotel is conceptualized with the aim of providing a warm and welcoming space for guests. The two international restaurants Noaa and Spice Mantraa bring a diverse menu to satiate one’s food buds. We have international Chef Richard, Celebrity Chef Shailendra Kekade and Chef Sanjay Kotian on board who have specially curated the menu keeping in mind the travellers need.”
Chef Richard adds, “The Yu Hotel is aimed at offering our guests a flavour of diverse traditions which evokes a feeling of homecoming. The menu at the Noaa and Spice Mantraa consists of uniquely created dishes and drinks that embrace the local flavours.”
Located just a 4 min drive from the popular Candolim, Baga and Calangute Beaches, YU Hotel is an ideal boutique hotel for tourists. In addition, guests can indulge themselves in a leisure jacuzzi bath and can get an array of special treatments and therapies at the spa. The 32 room hotel designed in warm hues draws inspiration from elements which are unique to the seaside location. YU Hotel offers just the right mix of comfort, luxury and excitement synonymous with Goa.