How many times has your Goa trip been cancelled and along with it the plans to devour the lip-smacking Goan food? Not anymore as Porto and Poie has brought the cool Goan vibe right to Mumbai.
Travelling through the busy Juhu Tara Road, you can easily spot the beautiful rooftop of Porto and Poie already making a mark in the locality with its lovely décor. On reaching there, you can make your way to the rooftop through Grandmama’s Café and find yourself at the alfresco bar of the restaurant. The outside seating is a mix of low seating and high tables where you can sip on your regular drink or order their specially curated cocktails on the menu. If you are an ardent Rum lover, try their Aamsol Twist that will certainly linger happiness in your mouth. For those who prefer Tequila as the base, surely Sunset at Mandovi is the choice which has a fine sweet taste.
The indoor seating is a mix of low-dining tables and sofas with subtle music as the backdrop. Browsing through the menu from drinks to food, you will come across a wide variety of the most authentic Goan and Portuguese food that delights every palate. We had a chance to chat with Chef Gracian de Souza, the Owner and Executive Chef of Porto and Poie and got some insights on his inspiration behind his newly opened, Portuguese themed restaurant. When asked about his thought process, he said, “South Goa is a place where you can taste the authentic Goan food as compared to the Northern part. Most of the food served in Goa at many tourist locations cannot be called as the authentic Goan food. Hence, I travelled extensively to the villages in the South to explore the real regional food of Goa which is primarily adapted from the Portuguese cuisine and brought back some recipes for the people of Mumbai.”
While going through the menu, you will have to get some assistance from the service staff to know what exactly you are ordering. Our pick from the menu are Semolina Crisped Goan Masala Bombay Duck, Chicken Cafreal and Tenderloin Croquettes for the starters. For the mains, we would suggest digging into the Grilled Prawn Caldhine and Hand Pounded Mutton Xacuti accompanied by hot steaming rice. Throughout your experience at the restaurant, you will see that the Chef has focused more on bringing out the authentic flavor of Goan food rather than the presentation, thus leaving you with a homely feel. After indulging in the seafood and meat of your choice, you have the most popular Serra Durra to reward your sweet tooth.
Apart from service speed that could have been better, the staff is cordial and can guide you through the menu. All in all, Porto and Poie is your go-to restaurant if you are thinking where to take your family out to savor some homely regional delicacies or maybe just some friends with Goan hearts to hangout.