Be my Valentine

By Joe Mascarenhas

We had just returned after an exotic surreal holiday aboard the Maharajah Express… a once in a lifetime experience and the love of my life had a rejuvenated look. Now she wanted to be treated like a maharani…with personal valet service and all.

Now with love in the air and Goa going all mushy over the impending Valentine Day, I decided to join the bandwagon…and whispered in her ear will you be my Valentine? She gave me a quizzical look as though dal me kuch kala hai. I explained that we were going to a very romantic spot to experience a gastronomic delight.

With perked up spirits we reached the Susse Café where they have valet parking so you don’t have to worry about car parking… a nice touch. We were greeted by the vivacious Devika Dutt and her charming husband Thomas who personally supervises his culinary brigade. Now let me share a little secret with you….both Thomas and Devika are from the corporate world of high finance in Singapore, and Thomas has a passion for food and so they both decided to settle in Goa the place of their dreams.

Thomas asserts that they specialise in European and fusion cuisine and their exclusive menu offers gourmet foods from all around the globe in a spectacular ambience. We were here to experience their Sunday Brunch which is unique and one of its kind on this eclectic Las Vegas strip of North Goa.

To enjoy and savour this gastronomic feast you have to pace yourself to do justice to the delicacies on offer and be very adventurous. For appetisers there were quail eggs with sesame seeds served on a tablespoon, two types of pate namely cognac pate and black truffle pate which could be had with a variety of freshly baked breads made in their bakery. I enjoyed the quail eggs and decided on the black truffle pate which was a first time for me…patelicious! We then settled down to have the gravlax with cream cheese dip flavoured with herbs… just awesome. The gravlax is Norwegian salmon which is cured and seasoned and is a gourmet’s delight…one has to acquire a taste for this.

There are several vegetarian choices from artichoke and spinach dips, Lebanese style hummus to pastas made with Italian white truffles and thin crust pizzas. The coffee is freshly roasted on site at the café to ensure the most flavourful brew… the coffee machine is sourced from Turkey and the coffee is susegado coffee… will make you totally relax and unwind.

For those who enjoy something Oriental there is the spiced chicken tempura which is drizzled with soya and sesame seeds. It is crispy on the outside and so succulent on the inside… the rice flour used is sourced from Japan and hence it’s unique crispiness. Thomas takes time in first half baking and then frying the chicken… time consuming but it is just mouth watering and finger licking good.

The Susse kitchens use only the finest imported ingredients together with the freshest locally produced specialties says Devika with a glint in her eyes. We needed a break and so there was William Rodrigues singing great retro stuff which had our feet tapping and for those willing to shake a leg there is a small dance area for you to work off the extra calories. Tony Dias and Julia were there to liven up the tempo and spirits with their breath taking jive and they move so gracefully on the floor…no space is too small for them.

The buffet had a lavish spread of roast suckling pig with Apple sauce… yes with the tomato in its mouth like in the old days… for feasts, Brazilian rib roast, fantastic Paella from Spain, Singapore vegetable noodles, Seafood penne from Italy and our very own baked, fresh Red snapper (Tamusso) done in the continental style… to die for. Each and every dish was done with tender loving care and the flavours were something of a revelation to our culinary senses. Odette was quiet throughout the meal taking in all the subtle flavours and making mental notes… the highlight for her was the stuffed squids with prawns and the Paella, not forgetting the delicious baked red snapper.

The sweet finale were rum balls with sesame seed crust, Coconut Brazilian torte and the champagne white and dark chocolate mousse cake… simply indescribable. The bar offers a collection of rare cognacs, aged single malts and a great selection of wines. For the brunch there is an unlimited supply of in house spirits, aerated waters and local wines including the Zampa brand which is fantastic.

We were sad to leave the Susse Café… but all good things must come to an end and so we said our warm goodbyes to Thomas and Devika. So if you want to romance you loved one this Valentine’s Day you know where to head for… it has to be Susse Café for a very romantic culinary twist of fate. Viva Susse Café!

 

Address: Susse Café, After Kingfisher Villa, Opposite Kashmir House, Sinquerim, Bardez, Goa.

Tel No: + 91 832 2479020, +91 9011379804