Over the years, Taipa Village in Macau has evolved into a dining hub with numerous culinary offers. The latest eatery to join its ranks is Goa Nights, a tapas bar and restaurant that features a unique mix of classic and modern Indian cuisine with Goan influence.
Goa Nights is spread over two storeys, where the main dining area is on the second floor. There is also a small balcony, offering a fantastic view of Taipa Village. Meanwhile, on the ground floor is the bar and for music-going patrons. Overall, the vibe was laid-back.
The design of the restaurant was a team effort spearheaded by owner Gagan Sethi and his family. For example, the mural of a holy man across the bar on the ground floor was painted by his wife. The family used reclaimed wood where possible, where the furniture was made from recycled timber from Indonesia.
Food supplies and spices are imported from India to ensure authenticity. Guests are spoilt for choice thanks to an extensive menu that reflects seasonal dishes. Vegan and vegetarian food is readily available. There is also a wide selection of bar snacks and small plates that can be paired with the restaurant’s signature cocktails.
I dug into lamb chops that was marinated with special secret spices, and served on a bed of spinach potato puree. The dish was preceded by a complimentary serving of dhi puri chaat, a traditional street food from India that comprised a deep-fried semolina ball filled with potatoes, and served with tamarind chutney, mint chutney and yoghurt, as well as potato vermicelli as garnish.
Guests who enjoy their tipple will delight to know that acclaimed bartender and mixologist Chetan Gangan is behind the bar. He has crafted nine cocktails inspired by Vasco da Gamaâ€™s â€“ a voyager who travelled from Portugal to India â€“ journey. The nine cocktails are associated with the nine cities on the route, and the menu indicates strength and taste of each.
Goa Nights is suitable for intimate functions and welcomes corporate buyouts. The ground floor can host 15 guests, while the second floor seats 19.
Teambuilding activities, as well as wine tasting or cocktail classes can be arranged. But without audiovisual facilities on-site, planners will have to supply their own.
The staff at the bar were friendly, while the kitchen was prompt and efficient. However, the service staff could be armed with better knowledge about the food served. When I asked several questions about a dish, the service staff had to check with the kitchen before replying.