Good dining is a feature of life at the Casa!
Breakfast is served between about 8-10am. Coffee from freshly ground Indian Arabica beans, a choice of fine teas and tisanes, and fresh fruit juices accompany a wide choice of cold and cooked breakfasts. From deliciously ripe plum tomatoes, sliced and sautéed with garlic and butter, served on local toasted bhakri unleavened bread, to a home made muesli served with seasonal fruits, fresh curd and a little fruit compote, there is something to suit every taste.
Lunches are a varied choice from the day’s fresh home made soup served with a little salad or snack on the side and accompanied by fresh local bread (pao or bhakri), or every Goan family’s favourite of fish, curry and rice. Served throughout the day, as well as at lunch time, is a toasted sandwich, made with local bhakri bread and served with home made chutney – it’s a little like a round panini. Lunch rates range from Rs.250/= to Rs.450/=.
Dinner is a formal three course affair, often served in the magnificent, chandelier–lit dining room. This is a fine opportunity to meet other guests (the huge Casa dining table seats up to sixteen in comfort) and share travel and life stories. Alternatively, guests are welcome to dine al fresco under the stars. Your table will be made up outside your room, complete with candles, and your meal served to your private table. The cost is generally Rs.1,250/=, but Casa Susegad is happy to prepare whole baked fish, tiger prawns and other high cost dishes to order with an appropriate surcharge.
There are no hard and fast rules, though – it’s all about what suits you. It is not unknown for travel weary guests to treat themselves to a TV or DVD supper at a specially prepared table in front of the TV in the guest lounge!
Festive menus are priced a little higher. For example, on New Year’s Eve 2014/15 no set dinner was served. Instead, a night of cocktails and canapés was very much enjoyed by all, with eighteen different dishes served throughout the evening and a glass of bubbly at midnight (just before the new year communal dip in the pool!). This was priced at Rs.2,500/=.
Some dishes are perennial favourites with Casa Susegad guests and so the Casa is pleased to showcase a few sample menus that the Casa kitchen specialises in – the Seventh Heaven Vegetarian Feast, the Continental Fish Feast and the Classic Goan Feast.
Seventh Heaven Vegetarian Feast
- A tall stack of alternating layers of semolina crumbed brinjal and ripe plum tomatoes, topped with hung curd and a dusting of chilli flakes
- Palak paneer, dingri mutter (mushrooms and fresh peas in lightly spiced creamy sauce), dal makhani, aloo gobi, pumpkin and coconut curry, served with Goan salad, rice and puris
- Melting moments meringues, from the award-winning Jila bakery (luckily situated in Loutolim village!), completing an icecream, butterscotch and sugar crackle plate of naughtiness
Continental Fish Feast
- Rawa (semolina crumb) coated lepo (a small flatfish), served with home made wasabi/lemon mayonnaise
- Shark steak in garlic butter served with classic tomato risotto and a rocket salad
- Mancurad mango crumble and vanilla sauce
Classic Goan Feast
- Rissois (small pastry parcels stuffed with minced prawns and cheese) served with a light salad
- Pork vindalho (the classic home cooked version of farm pork cooked on wood), served with a vegetable dish, rice and Goan salad. The best vindalho is a perfect balance of hot, sweet and sour and takes a full day to prepare
- Fresh strawberries served on a bed of cream-topped, triple sec soaked sponge
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