Bernardo’s has been my favourite for good Goan food in this part of the country. So after a tryst with the Haryana heritage in far flung Farukhnagar, four of us decided to drop in at Bernardo’s for a late but well earned luncheon. The restaurant tucked away in a first floor corner of DLF Super Mart-I was easy to locate this time thanks to a large hoarding outside.
For its location at the end of an alley, it has a biggish window overlooking fancy Gurgaon bungalows and also letting in a lot of natural light. The restaurant interiors of reed mat panelled walls with a display of old family photographs and tablecloths with bright floral print created a cheerful ambience. This was further accentuated by the presence of its owners, the friendly Goan couple, Chrys & Cres Fernandes.
As we proceeded to place our order, we were ably assisted by Mr Fernandes in choosing the right combinations. Our selection of dishes went like this…ambotik (a hot & sour fish curry flavoured with kokum), pork vindahlo (tender & boneless pork meat curry), chicken cafreal (prepared in thick paste of green coriander & spices served with fried potato wedges) and fugadh (cabbage, onion & green chillies cooked with grated coconut). We also asked for two portions each of white rice to be savoured with curries and pao (bread) to go with dry preparations as recommended. Weak hearted, don’t venture…ambotik was full of zest straight from Konkan…the dish suits one, who loves chillies. It was served with four large boneless slices of seer fish. Pork curry was awesome, wish I could be pardoned for the sin of enjoying red meat and fugadh was liked by all. Chicken cafreal came with two good chunks of chicken cooked in mild spices.
We had no room left for any dessert, which we politely declined. It was a hearty Goan meal, which called for a happy siesta. Our happiness was heightened on receiving the bill…it was Rs.1357/- (including VAT & surcharges) only for four of us!
While traversing across the state, I had eaten in many restaurants in the hinterland of Goa famous for their culinary skills. One can enjoy such authentic Goan food in Gurgaon and that too without a hole in the pocket…thank you Chrys & Cres for spicing up our lives!
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