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Goan Food Festival at Siesta Hitech

Qube Café at the Siesta Hitech Hotel in Kondapur is known for its value-for-money food festivals – it brings regional cuisine promotions to Hyderabad at a very attractive price. Whereas around Durga Puja their Bengali food festival with unlimited Hilsa is a huge hit, they had also done decent Kashmiri, Awadhi and Punjabi festivals in the recent past. Now the restaurant is organizing Goan Food Fiesta, a celebration of food from Goa and around.

Goan Food Fiesta


The festival buffet is priced at an attractive Rs 570 on Bookmyshow. It is part of the dinner buffet and includes a wide range of meat and seafood. The buffet is dominated by Goan food, though it has a few non-Goan preparations for the in-house guests.

Goa is a favourite weekend destination for people from Hyderabad, and as a result, food lovers here are pretty familiar with the cuisine. Recently two restaurants offering Goan food have also opened in the city. Fish and other seafood items are popular in this cuisine, which has a lot of Portuguese influence on it. The buffet at Qube Café also had a lot of seafood items in it.

Anchovy Fry
Anchovy Fry

The first dish we tried out was Anchovy Fry – a spicy and crispy preparation of small nethili fish with sliced green chillies. An ideal dish to go with drinks. Sadly Siesta Hitech does not have a liquor license yet.

Mackarel Rechado
Mackerel Rechado

This was followed by Mackerel Rechado. The rechado paste has red chillies in abundance along with cumin, ginger and other spices. The fish was soft and well-cooked and the dish worked out pretty good for me. Some of my fellow-diners had a tough time picking the bones though.

Goan Style Squids
Goan Style Squids

Goan Style Squids seemed to be an oriental preparation for me replete with a lot of chopped garlic and bell peppers. While not scoring on the authenticity front, it was definitely tasty. The Goan shacks usually have a lot of such preparations with the fresh catch to go with the fenny. There were also other starters on the buffet like Stir Fried Prawns.

Mackarel Pulao
Mackerel Pulao

The main courses had quite a vegetarian dishes – Goan Style Okra and Mushroom Fry being noticeable among these. The buffet also had some dishes from Udupi area of Karnataka like the coconut based Mixed Veg Sagu and the Mangalorean Chana Gassi.

Goan Crab Curry
Goan Crab Curry

Among the non-vegetarian items, the star for me was the Goan Crab Curry – a coconut based gravy of crab which was simply delightful. Another one I liked was Prawn Balchao, a garlic and chilli based spicy dish, which went well with rice.

Chicken Cafrael
Chicken Cafrael 

Chicken Cafrael, the green Goan curry with coriander, green chillies and mint scored on the taste front. There was another chicken dish Chicken Sukeem which I did not like. Coconut based Mutton Xacutti and Goan Fish Curry were also on the menu.

Prawn Balchao

With the curries, I missed Sanna – the rice cake which is usually eaten with the gravies.

The dessert platter had Nevris, deep-fried sweet dumplings stuffed with coconut. Bebinca the most famous of the Goan desserts was a tad too dry. I enjoyed the Mango Mousse which was part of the buffet too.

Bebinca
Bebinca


I am no expert in Goan cuisine and would not be able to vouch for the authenticity of most of the dishes. What I can say is that almost all the starters and main courses tasted remarkably good. Also, as always I wondered how the value-for-money buffet at Qube Café packs so many non-vegetarian dishes.

Mango Mousse
Mango Mousse

The festival is on only for dinner till 4th June. It is recommended for lovers of non-vegetarian Indian food.

Location:
Qube Café
Hotel Siesta Hitech
55E Kondapur, Hyderabad
Telephone: 42420000

Disclaimer: The review is based on an invite from the restaurant. However, the opinion expressed in the post are honest and unbiased.