Last weekend I spent a leisurely time in Goa at the lovely Bay 15 (I’ve written a detailed post about the property here).
A considerable amount of time was spent eating; our dinner on Friday night lasted for three and a half hour, which explains a lot. The restaurant has three menus – Goan, pan Indian and Mediterranean. Or, you can opt for a six-course tasting menu.
Bay 15’s al fresco restaurant is spread across the lawn with a spectacular view of Arabian sea and Mormurgao port in the evening. On our first evening, Chef Mir Hafizur Raheman had prepared a degustation menu which started with Watermelon and Feta Bite with Minty Melon Shooter – refreshing but lacking the seasonal sweet taste of watermelon.
The second course – Crab, Mango and Avocado Salad – impressed us tremendously. Fresh crab paste was sandwiched between layers of chopped avocado and ripe mango which added a nice sweet-sour touch to the dish. The flavours were in complete tandem with each other and the plates were wiped clean.
The Porcini Espresso had that lovely comforting flavour of mushroom and was served with a crisp bread and crumb fried mushroom.
The main course had Grilled Chicken and Kingfish, both served with potato mash and grilled vegetables. The chicken was juicy and the marinade seeped right through the meat. The fish too was flaky and fresh.
The Bay 15 Signature Risotto was a fusion of cheesy honey, ginger and beetroot risotto topped with ratatouille, black lentils and microgreens. The two classic dishes worked together pretty well.
The dessert was treat to the eyes. The Chocolate Chilli Baked Yogurt was topped with white chocolate and had that subtle aftertaste of chilli. The wobbly Lemongrass and Mango Panacotta had the right amount of sweetness.
We weren’t too keen on their north Indian fare so stuck to Goan menu for the rest of the meals. The Choriz Poi – spicy Goa sausages and caramelised onions stuffed between poi (local Goan bread) – is a perfect grub with beer. Also go for the Prawns Rawa Fry – fresh, juicy prawns coated in crispy batter.
The food at Bay 15 is affordable and you would spend around Rs 1000 + taxes for two, without alcohol.
I was invited by Bay 15 to review the property. The stay and food+drinks were complementary.