During my week-long stay in Goa in Southern India, I mostly ate dinner at my home-stay, but some nights we did go out to some nice restaurants as well! In this post, you can read my experience eating at “Mum’s Kitchen”, a popular restaurant that serves authentic Goan cuisine. Enjoy!
What we'll cover in this article
- MUM’S KITCHEN – GOA, INDIA
- THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
- VISIT MUM’S KITCHEN YOURSELF!
MUM’S KITCHEN – GOA, INDIA
The Mum’s Kitchen Story
From their website:
Mum’s Kitchen, in a nutshell, is a growing movement headed by a group of dedicated people from the culinary field striving to rescue it from extinction. Here, the “MOTHERS” from different parts of Goa have contributed, and helped us compile our menu. Here every effort is taken to sustain the genuineness and quality of each recipe, and to bring on to the table some very delectable ‘archaic’ dishes.
We initially started as a multi-cuisine, and over the years we realized that the trend of ‘Fusion Cuisine’ had started infecting the Goan cuisine and that such a decline would be distressingly appalling, therefore we committed all our vigour in reviving our splendid cuisine.
We at Mum’s Kitchen have been procuring Goan delicacies from the endowed mothers and are beseeching all the mothers to step forward and aid us breathe life into the passion that was once in the Goan food.
THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
1. What does it SOUND like?
As part of the “food blogger” group, I got to experience what the typical Goan cuisine is all about quite some times and Mum’s Kitchen is a restaurant that has been striving to save the Goan cuisine from extinction since 1997. Sounds good!
What I really liked about the restaurant was that they pay a tribute to all the Goan mothers that have been sharing their traditional recipes generation on generation, so that today you can still taste a range of food of which the history goes back years!
2. What does it LOOK like?
The interior of Mum’s Kitchen is very bright and colourful and the walls (and tables!) are decorated with some amazing mosaic tiles. On the walls, you can also see many photographs of typical Goan buildings and events, which gives the restaurant a nice atmosphere.
The food in Goa is very different than the food in the rest of India and not quite my favourite kitchen (a lot is deep-fried, not a lot of green vegetables, mostly fish and dishes don’t usually look very tasty, even though they are), but I definitely enjoyed tasting some of the curry here at Mum’s kitchen!
These tables are AMAZING, right?
3. What does it TASTE like?
The menu already makes you excited for things to come and there are many recommendations that the staff can make for you. As we arrived here with a big group, our part of the table decided to go for a couple of dishes to share between us. A couple of the girls were vegetarian, but there were also enough options for them, luckily.
We went for the shrimps on recommendation, it was a good choice!
4. What does it FEEL like?
While I sat right under the air-conditioner and it was way too cold for me, seating was comfortable and the long table that we were sitting at was perfect for our group to all eat together!
5. What does it SMELL like?
While some of the curries might not look very attractive (evidence below)… the smell and taste? AMAZING!!!!
Yes, these are two different dishes -even though they both look the same :)
One is meat curry and the other one is mushroom curry. Both VERY tasty!
After our 5-senses test, we’re ready to answer our final (and perhaps most important) question in our Mum’s Kitchen Restaurant Review:
6. Does this restaurant make us happy?
If you’re looking to experience a typical Goan meal while you’re in this part of India (and you really should), Mum’s Kitchen is the place to go! There is a nice atmosphere, friendly staff, everything is clean and well-prepared. There is something on the menu for everyone: meat, fish or vegetarian, so plenty to choose from! You’ll have a great time here!
VISIT MUM’S KITCHEN YOURSELF!
Dayanand Bandodkar Marg, Miramar, Panjim, Goa, India
Monday to Sunday: 11:00-23:00
Disclaimer: This restaurant visit was part of the #Escape2Goa campaign, organised by LeaveUKMark and the Goa Tourism Board. All photos and opinions in this review are, as always, 100% my own.
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