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Goa in a curry...or why is Martins Corner still divine! Feb 06, 2012
There are very few places where one dreams of visiting more often especially on a lazy Sunday afternoon .There is an exception,however , and that is Martins Corner in Betalbatim, Goa.Now, dont get me wrong here but Goa for an Indian can be quite intimidating when you do visit a 'nice' restaurant to unwind after a dip in the sea...the waiters are more interested in the greenbacks or the euros and the management makes you feel unwanted amongst all the white faces around..The beauty of Martins Corner is the welcome you get right from the word go...and the food is fabulous! My recommendation for a day well spent?...Reach Betalbatim beach at 9 am it isnt touristy..in fact its the local beach and quite empty so have have it all to yourself!...dip dip swim and chill out with some beer....laze around in the shade and as it becomes hot by 1230 pm collect yourself and reach the gates of Martins....If there is only one thing you should try here then i can say its their crab butter garlic...its divine! sorry veggies this isnt exactly a place for vegetarian food its just what can be called a fish eaters paradise!...you know its cooked with a lot of love when you taken the first bite of that succulent crab meat in your mouth...follow it up with a mean goan fish curry rice.Is that all? well thats all for me....plus a good glass of beer and you can go into a beer induced snooze in the car taking you back to your hotel room....a day well spent and time for as the goans say'susegad'!
Tips for first timers:
Avoid thet touristy straw hat! Ask for a table in the outer verandah..if you are lucky you get one next to the stage on the right just as you enter the place....
Go early! This place attracts a lot of local Goans...the owner is in charge of the kitchen herself(God bless her soul!)
If you would rather go there in the evenings hire a cab, the place isnt connected too well by public transport specially after 8pm..added advantage..a live band !
PS:I wish they had a branch in Mumbai..which they dont
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