Though I've dined at cafes, shacks and restaurants during my trips to Goa, my most recent travels have afforded me an opportunity to explore new dining experiences. The one that I'd like to share with you is North Goa's best kept secret — a seafront open-air lounge where you can unwind with a tropical daiquiri and take in breathtaking views of the ocean while a canopied table is being laid on the beach below the sky bar. Yes I'm talking about ‘Love' at The Park Goa. With hearts, dim light and chill house tracks setting the mood, my friends and I ordered Pina Colada and perused the menu, settling with 'Feni King Fish', 'Dill Salmon Tikka' and 'Drunken Spare Ribs'.
I'm glad I finally indulged in the 'Love' experience, and believe it or not, the open kitchen offers diners a sampling of Goa's finest seafood! Seated just feet away from the rolling surf, the ambience was chilled out and magical. The white sandy beaches and the aquamarine sea was mesmerising, and sitting at the table eating the hot just-barbecued seafood made this a dinner we didn't want to leave. How do i describe it? It was like a private picnic on the beach with our own personal chef whipping up delicacies. The king fish, rubbed with garlic-infused spiced sauce and feni, and grilled, was moist and juicy, recommended for its flavour and freshness. It was devoured in no time and we just had to request for seconds! Up next was the dill pesto marinated salmon cooked in a tandoor. The salmon was off-the-hook fresh and flavoursome. As the clocked ticked closer to midnight, our cocktails were replenished, the music became livelier and the final appetiser was served. The whiskey-infused pomegranate molasses-glazed pork ribs was just the thing to satiate the carnivore in us. Sumptuous!
I can't think of a better way to enjoy a meal in Goa than at this seafront restaurant. Now doesn't a visit sound appealing?
— JASMEEN DUGAL
The Park, Lane Opposite Calangute Mall, Calangute, Goa