I had been to Goa couple of times and madly in love with the goan cuisine. Especially seafood, like crabs, prawns, lobsters. I also love pork vindaloo. I was very excited to try it out here as well; however, pork vindaloo was over, when we reached. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get a chance to taste.
This place is own by an aged couple, and according to them, the food they serve here is easily available at any Catholic house in Goa. We asked them to suggest what should we eat here and they suggested fish fry and prawns in starters.
On their recommendations, we started with prawn recheado (Rs 375) which are prawns in spicy and tangy rechieo masala made from red chilies and spices ground in Goan vinegar and shallow fried. Prawns were very small in size and were not fresh and it wasn’t fried properly resulting in it being soggy and the spicy. The spiciness negated the taste and flavor of prawns. None of us liked the prawns. Next was Pexie Recheado(350), 2 pieces of Mackerel in similar spice. Fish was perfectly fried and it was delicious. We loved it and it was kind of balanced wherein we liked one dish and we didn’t like another.
For the main course as chef suggested Xacuti De Galinha( Rs 250), Chourico(Rs 300), Temparade(Rs 150) and Vegetable Xacuti( Rs 150). Chicken Xacuti was very ordinary in taste and it didn’t taste like as it should have tasted. One of the reasons can be the amount combination of coconut wasn’t appropriate. It was yet another chicken curry which had been cooked in coconut, didn’t have the flavor of the roasted spices. We were very disappointed with the chicken. Chourico was a disaster, as this dish was supposed to contain famous Goan sausages with potato, however, unfortunately, we had really hard time to find pork sausages as the pieces were small and potatoes were not only small but were under-cooked. Other two dishes which we ordered were veg and it lacked the flavor and taste too. While we were eating we found a small steel particle in one of the dishes. We immediately pointed out it to the lady but she very conveniently ignored it. Her reaction was disappointing and since we didn’t want to take it ahead, we decided to keep quiet and finish our meal.
We finished our dish with their dessert called Bebinca (Rs 50), which is a layered sweet. It wasn’t too sweet however was very elastic and difficult to cut.
At the end it was one of the most disappointing meals that we ever had. Also we can say that though they say this is Goan food but after tasting it, I can say it is nowhere close to what we get in Goa. We went there with high expectations and would not like to go back again.
Our Verdict :
Overall Experience – 3.0
Meal for Two: Rs900-1100 ( No Alcohol)
Timings: 1:00 pm – 3:30pm; 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Address: Bernardo’s Goan Restaurant, B-229, Super Mart-1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon | Phone: 0124-6518323/ 98115-71379