'There is a certain ‘quay’ to good food,’ Joe remarks as he leafs through the morning paper. Busy on my computer I look at him in astonishment. ‘A key to good food?’ I ask astonished, ‘has there ever been a lock?’ ‘You got me wrong as usual,’ he says exasperatedly, ‘a ‘quay’ as in a place for boats...the pronunciation is the same.’
‘Yes they have one in Singapore…a Boat Quay…good food and entertainment…a must visit for foodies,’ I remark. ‘But…’ says my better half who at times does get a chance to have the last word in, ‘its here in Goa…called the Boat Quay Grill…I guess the name perhaps taken from Singapore, and it promises everything fresh and cooked live with entertainment every night.’ He looks across smugly like the cat who has licked the cream. I look across sourly, trust him to source out another place to eat....while I am counting the calories.
So here we were in party mode, on the beach moving towards a seductively lit place at the Royal Orchid Beach Resort. A very positive plus is that one can just drive down to the venue. Suddenly we saw two miniature halogen balloons brightly lit ascending towards the sky. ‘Make a wish,’ Gabriel of the Food and Beverage whispers. A wish? We stood transfixed as those balloons drifted slowly across the inky black starry lit sky.
Tempted to shout ‘twinkle twinkle little star..’ the soft crooning music of the two piece husband and wife duo ‘Shine On’ wafted down the pathway.
Melodious...tantalizing... ‘This place must be charging a bomb,’ I whispered to Joe looking at the elegantly molded white fibre glass furniture brought in from Italy. Palm trees in lit ‘molded’ planters swayed in the breeze. ‘Classy’ was my thoughts as we climbed up the wooden platform and moved towards a lounge style seating area.
Remember we were in party mode, so besides dinner we wanted to see what was the ‘key’ to the Boat Quay promise. The molded ‘lounge’ chairs were comfortable…you could sink into it and not want to get up. And the staff did not disappoint…old favorites in ‘new avatars.’
The starters were off to a ‘start.’ The table was attractively laid with Prawn stick cocktail. Two cooked prawns skewered on a stick swimming in a champagne flute of cocktails sauce. Miniature prawns were already in for the tasting. So we nibbled on an old recipe with a new twist, the spice…gratifying to the eyes as well as the taste buds.
Next -Beer battered Fried fish and Mini cheese balls. Now if you feel that the sea air would dampen the ‘crisp’ you are mistaken. Piping hot…remember it is served ‘live’ and tasty. And personalized too. We had our names written as an invitation- wow!
Oh yes the snacks ordered kept on coming...Badami vegetable seekh kebabs..the crisp slivers of Badam a treat…the malai chicken tikka spiced with chilli flakes...and a cornetto….an ice cream cone in a small stand filled with….Sev Bhel puri. No need of the crunchy puri- the cone added gusto to the flavor.
This place has a one up-manship when it comes to presentation. Each preparation has its own styled plate…a seashell one for the seafood…a different oval one for the chicken…and a thali ‘styled’ one for Indian. But before I ramble on…the miniature grilled bits were arriving. Chicken satay and Mixed Seafood Brochettes each with it’s own sauce. The Terriyaki sauce complemented the skewer of calamari, prawn and fish to perfection….o..la…la. Fish lovers this is your ‘key’ to unlock those cravings. But wait till you try those Grilled Tiger Prawns. Those king sized babies will have your salivary glands oozing. Lightly dusted with masala its ‘seafood’ taste remains intact...igniting a fire which perhaps will have you floating like those helium balloons high up in the sky.
Talking about fire…the staff arrived with a big bowl and a ladle. Were they going to wash our hands? No way. The ladle was lit belching flames in the night air and poured into the bowl. Flambeed Gulab Jamun…the brandy soaks into the syrup and into your senses. And if your sweet tooth is craving for more…they have slivers of fresh fruit in Mango and Vanilla ice cream Oh it might go by a simple name of Fresh fruit Salad with ice cream…but to every dish...they have that special key…innovation.
I take a peek at the menu...to check the prices. I stare in amazement….even our small family restaurants would have to compete here. So is this the ‘key’? Old favorites with innovations, competitive pricing, and an environment unparalleled for enjoyment...the ‘key’ is definitely with Boat Quay Grill
Boat Quay Grill Address: Royal Orchid Beach Resort –Uttorda Beach, Salsette Tel No: 0832 2884400