on February 4, 2007
A restaurant to visit to enjoy a really special meal. We visited on several occasions and were charmed by the relaxed ambience. Set (possibly you won't be surprised) in a walled garden, the restaurant is very private, away from the madding crowd...but in fact next door to Hotel Goan Heritage. You feel as if you have been plucked from the chaos of the Goan streets and transported to somewhere altogether more tranquil.The surroundings are very attractive, the table settings beautiful...white bone china, glassware, cutlery with European origins (I suspect), fine cotton napkins, delicate muslin and cotton tablecloths. The staff were delightful, low key, helpful, and very friendly. The European food on offer was genuinely superb; highlights were the steak and fish dishes, lobster and tiger prawns were also delicious. The presentation of all dishes was beautiful...several guests took photos of their food while we were there! A wide range of good quality wines were available, including fine Indian wine and wines from France, Australia, and South America. We ate at many good restaurants...Le Jardin and Fiesta were the best of the best. Can't recommend Le Jardin highly enough...we spent between 500 and 1000 rupees per head, not the cheapest restaurant in Goa, not the most expensive. But rupee for rupee by far the best value.
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