Thursday, March 19, 2009

Back From The Beach

Sitting out at Chattai

Goa was restful when we visited it last week ... but hot! Verry hot. We had hoped for a cooler March but this year seemed to be somewhat warmer than most so afternoons were the time to be baked. The mornings and evenings were pleasant though and as we were by the beach most of the time we not only survived our four days there but enjoyed them.

Finally we got to stay at "Chattai" after several unsuccessful attempts to book ourselves there. That is, Peg, Vishnu and I stayed there and the rest of the party - parents and Shiv were at Menino's, five minutes away, also huts on the beach.

Chattai sadly, didn't turn out to be all that it was cranked up to be. Of course its location is the major plus point and also the restaurant right on the beach. The sit outs adjoining each hut are also extremely pleasant to hang out in but somehow the atmosphere seemed a bit weary and sad. Service, even by Goan standards was a bit too laidback. Most of the day there were chaps hanging around the restaurant with nothing to do but at the time when you wanted tea or something - like tea time - you couldn't get it because the cook had his "off". The odd job guys continued to loiter around, looking at the guests and asking if they could bring you a cold Limca or Coke - which we eventually had to settle for since everyone was too lazy to traipse off elsewhere for a cuppa at that time.

Agonda sunset

One of the best things about Chattai was the pompfret which they served for dinner. Best marinated and grilled with veggies and salad served alongside.

Other places we visited for meals were Tiger Canisha (our favourite haunt), Boom Shankar at Palolem, with its fabulous view and Fatima's which is also a pretty pleasant place to hang out in.

Boom Shankar at Palolem
Pics by Shiv

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