April 14, 2006
There was a time when people staying at the Fort Aguada preferred to eat outside... those who do that now need to have their heads examined! Because the food here is absolutely SUPERB—among the very best at resorts in this country. The variety of cuisine, from local to Mediterranean, European, Southeast Asian, etc. is impressive indeed... and then there's the seafood which is, quite simply, hors concours.
The Aguada complex has eleven food-and-beverage outlets (including a nightclub!) most of which are semi-alfresco. The food choices available are truly wide-ranging from East to West, with an accent on seafood. And the overall quality is superb.
The highlights would be:
"Morisco": Sea-facing, offering fresh seafood in Chef Frank’s piquant, innovative creations (grilled Tiger-prawns rubbed with Sumac and served with Tahina sauce!) and more traditional fare like Lobster Thermidor.
"Fish-Tail": Again seafood based, fresh catch-of-the-day (with a daily-changing menu) served grilled or a piacere. Fabulous location on the far side of the hotel near the "sunset-point"; an intimate setting with magnificent views of the beach and sea.
"Sea-shell": Air-conditioned "main" restaurant with a standard multi-cuisine menu and gargantuan buffet-breakfasts!
"Il Camino": Italian restaurant, also air-conditioned, with a "gourmet" menu. Specialities would be the Saltimbocca and the smoked-salmon/feta-cheese pizza….to die for! The buffets are avoidable though, as the food tends to congeal; and the noise-level in the restaurant could be a little less "clattery".
"SFX": Pooldeck coffee-shop also serving breakfast and an eclectic all-day snack menu.
"Caravela": Beachside restaurant in Taj Holiday Village, ideal for a sunset-cocktail. Chef Rego has been here for years and his Goan specialities are a MUST.
As for alcohol, the "Martini Bar" actually does some interesting Martinis while the Pina Coladas at the pool-bar in THV are deservedly legendary. And the hotel has an interesting wine-cellar, with good Italian and New World vintages. One wishes, however, that the bartenders would be more imaginative in working with Feni, the local brew…The service at all outlets is friendly and efficient --- most often, they will agree to serving you items from another restaurant in the complex.
Prices are moderate to expensive, depending on your point-of-view....and pocket!
From journal Fort Aguada Beach Resort --- home on the beach!