GOAN VIBE IN DELHI : Lady Baga , Connaught Place
We all have had ‘the conversation’ about an impromptu trip to Goa which never materializes. Stretching out on comfy deck chairs and feeling the sand under your feet while listening to groovy music and sipping on a refreshing drink is no longer a farfetched dream. Lady Baga by AD Singh’s Olive Group has all of this. (Yes. The sand too!)
The place exudes a hippie vibe with bright curtains, colourful wall-art and dream-catchers. One section on the first floor has beds to laze on against a screen with a beachy backdrop. Seat yourself on one of the small ethnic bean bags to get a nice view of the band or at the bar counter to watch the bartenders conjure a heavenly concoction of spirits. The second floor has swings and a sprawling cushiony seating area, resembling a Goan shack. The terrace area is a mixture of some more sand, deck chairs and a breathtaking view of the city.
Their Sangria is one of the best in Delhi, although the quantity is disappointing. For those who love variety, the ‘Acid Test’ is ideal with two elfin glass bottles of Lime Juice and Kala Khatta, each mixed with Tequila. ‘Ginger Terminator’ is a stellar drink combining ginger, tamarind and scotch served in a unique cup with a spout to drink from. It is sharp and subtle at the same time; absolutely brilliant. Other drinks include- Baga Bong, Bloody Mary shots, Istanbul Tea. Avoid the cold coffee; it’s way too sweet.
Staying true to its theme, Lady Baga has a great assortment of seafood dishes. Prawn Lonche acts as the perfect companion to your mocktails/cocktails and the use of coconut works wonders for its flavor and texture. The Calamari lacked zing, but the simplicity of its taste and presentation was charming. Prawn Curry outdid all other dishes in the Main course. In keeping with Goan cuisine, coconut was a major ingredient in many dishes.
HITS AND MISSES
‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ was a unique combination of Pav with a delectable chicken curry floating atop a big omelette. ‘Light my fire’ was essentially chicken chunks tossed in Goan spices, served with a portion of salad. The Vegetarian Platter consisted of an eclectic blend of snacks like Grilled Paneer, Gherkin Chips, Mushroom cutlets and in-house fries along with 3 kinds of dips ranging from Mustard to Mayo. Cocoa Cabana Sundae was a befitting end to the meal.
However, the main course failed to impress, with the exception of Prawn Curry. The Pork Curry and Butter Chicken fell flat as everyone resorted to a second helping of the Prawn Curry. The lack of vegetarian options was disappointing.
Bringing Baga Beach to Delhi, Lady Baga deserves every penny in your wallet and every inch of space in your tummy.