A Goan restaurant that's using its noodle
by The India Tube
21 August 2012
Lemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, Vadi, Candolim, Goa.
Alright, so it's an unappetizing name, conjuring visions of chain restaurant hell. But shelve your apprehensions, at least until a fresh watermelon margarita's been delivered to your table, and you’ll be rewarded.
Noodles are the clear stars here: they love their noodles so much they put it in their name. The Singapore noodles, with slivers of quick-fried beef, were fragrant with lemongrass and heaped high with flash-fried meat. As in the rest of Goa, vegetarians get short shrift; a bowl of broccoli in chilli sambal was both drenched in oil and a claggy mess. But stick with the kway teow and pad Thai and you won’t be disappointed.
Goa’s littered with great value restaurants, particularly in-season, so Republic of Noodles, with its (comparatively) high prices and awful name, is an easy one to skip over. But when you’ve tired of beer and you just want a decently mixed cocktail, head to this moodily lit, dark wood den. The noodles might be the main event, but the cocktails are worthy runners-up.