by The India Tube
18 August 2013
Bin Waddo, Betalbatim, Salcette, Majorda, Goa.
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A South Goa institution that is our go-to for sausage pulao, prawn everything and tequila.
This not-so-little restaurant in Majorda was once a little corner shop with four tables that fed local taxi drivers who’d dropped their fares off at the neighbourhood’s more upscale joints. Today Martin’s serves dinner to 300 patrons at a time, spread across a sprawling inside-outside space.
Martin’s is the real deal, where you’ll find locals and tourists alike, all tucking into home-style Goan and catch of the day, done any way you like. Everything one the menu gets that trademark heat and sourness of Goan food just right, making liberal use of souring agents like tamarind, the kokum fruit and, of course, vinegar.
Martin’s Corner is busy all year round, but if you’re planning a visit in season, either call ahead or go prepared to wait. Alternatively order a round of margaritas while you wait. Advance warning: they go heavy on the tequila here.
We tried the masala squid (delicious), the prawn curry and rice (passable), the pork vindaloo (tangy, super) and the beef chilly fry (perfect with your first round of drinks). I was suspicious about the plate of prawn papad one of our party ordered, but ended up wiping the plate clean, and marveling at the springroll-reminiscent texture of these fiery, crustacean-crammed snacks. But the sausage pulao is the thing here; rice that’s been cooked with, and therefore doused with, the fat of spicy, salty Goan chouriço sausages. It's simple, but it just works.