Gems of Goa, A Goan Food Festival

MoMo Café at Courtyard by Marriott Hinjawadi is currently running a Goan Food Festival – “Gems of Goa”.

The ambiance of the place has been suitably decked up to resemble and remind us of the laidback state and the ensemble of the staff too, add to the vibrancy and enthusiasm of the place.

The amazing decor resembling Goa

Having been called on the first day itself to cover the festival, here is my narrative of the whole experience.

The staff gives you a warm welcome with a garland of flowers and the table too is setup with coconuts and other artefacts to recreate the atmosphere of Goa.


CY Marriott has imported master chef Ignatious from Le Meridian Goa specially for this festival and every dish on the menu has been specially curated by him.


The Paneer Peri Peri looked appetizing however was completely bland. On the other hand, the Goan Potato Chops were the star of the appetizers. Completely melt-in-the-mouth, the discs had good company from the spicy sauce.

Paneer Peri Peri
Goan Potato Chops

The Chicken Cafreal felt a little dry to me but had nice marination on it while the Fish Rechado had a slightly spicy marination but good flavors nonetheless. Both could be enjoyed with a chilled one on the beach.

Chicken Cafreal
Fish Rechado

From the Live Grills, I tried the Chorizo Pao.

Nicely chopped and cooked pork nestled between the layers of buttered pao, this was absolute heaven for meat lovers. #DeliciousDelicious

Chorizo Pao


The Lamb Vindaloo tasted delicious. Chef revealed that the spices are marinated overnight in vinegar before marinating the meat in it. The Chicken Xacuti too was nicely cooked.

Goan Fish Curry, Chicken Xacuti and Lamb Vindaloo

Other mains included Bhendi Shekum, Cabbage Foogath, Vegetable Caldin, Goan Fish Curry, Fish Stew, Dauphinoise Potatoes, Red Dragon Chicken and Vegetable Teriyaki Noodles.

Bhendi Shekum, Cabbage Foogath, Vegetable Caldin
Fish Stew
Dauphinoise Potatoes
Red Dragon Chicken
Vegetable Teriyaki Noodles

The Red Dragon Chicken went well with the Vegetable Teriyaki Noodles while the Dauphinoise Potatoes provided good company. The Goan Fish Curry did not have any stench that’s generally associated with fish dishes and went well with the steamed rice and Indian breads as did the Vegetable Caldin.


The Bebinca is a traditional Goan dessert cake prepared with coconut milk, sugar and egg yolks. The one available here was very nicely made. However the Dodol had overpowering flavors of jaggery syrup and coconut hence failed to impress me.


The Gems of Goa Food Festival is on from Wed, 25 October 2017 – Fri, 03 November 2017 · 07:00 PM – 12:00 AM and is priced at Rs. 1100++


A big shout out to Arundhati for inviting us and Chef Ignatious and Team MoMo Café for hosting us.


I was invited for a complimentary food tasting event. This blog is a narrative of my experience at the event. These are my views that I have expressed in the blog. Others are most welcome to agree or disagree with the same.

The blog is not personally or commercially influenced. I have not lifted, copied or plagiarized it from any source either. However, I have done my due diligence via publicly available information on the internet and as shared by the client/PR agency.

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