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“Expensive, Limited Menu”
Review of A Reverie

A Reverie
Ranked #4 of 409 Restaurants in Calangute
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: A Reverie is dramatically transformed with a fresh approach and energy. Our dishes edible installations and all is not what it seems! Food can do much more than just fill your stomach. At A Reverie, we are particularly interested in triggering memories through aromas, landscapes, childhood, surroundings and life. Some creations play with aroma, texture and flavour while others are designed to be provocative, tell a story or evoke an emotion. Most importantly, deliciousness! A Reverie is an expression of the evolution of the food on the table and the surrounding environment. We want your experience at A Reverie to be anything but dull. Nothing about a meal here would be humdrum. From our appetisers or sharing tapas plates and main courses to our stunning array of sweet'treats' that round off the meal, there will always at least one dish that makes you feel glad to be alive. At a more profound level, it's about food that resonates on an emotional as well as sensual level and "it demands psychological reflection". In other words, one doesn't come to A Reverie for a meal, one comes for an experience............
Manchester, UK
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Expensive, Limited Menu”
Reviewed April 11, 2012

Absolutely lovely surroundings and fine furnishings, however there is a price to pay! Very limited menu and expensive, which, don't mind paying for that little bit extra special, but when they charge you 22.5% for drinks and 12.5% for food, on top of your bill, it's a little too overpriced! (taxes). Drinks are also very expensive. Even if it's a special occasion there are many restaurants half the price and just as nice in this area.

  • Visited April 2012
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2 Thank danatom
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Aakritee, Owner at A Reverie, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Sending our best.....
We thank you so much for your feedback ...apologies for the delayed response....to be honest; we have never browsed though trip advisor and when I did today...every bit of my soul urged me to respond....I hope after this you will change your opinion and perhaps bless us with a better new review.....but off course with an opportunity to serve you again.

Your doubts are indeed valid ....unfortunately we live in a world where establishments such as our’s have to pay a price for pursuing “ethical business practices” and as evident our government laws don’t really value honest principles......
We have no idea and neither do we wish to comment on other restaurants or how they manage and what component of their annual sales, are declared to the VAT authorities. In the same breath we humbly apologise to all fellow restaurateurs if we have offended them in any way- all of them are our colleagues and we share an extremely good relationship with them.

The VAT component of 12.5 % of food & 22% on alcohol is calculated on the “annual sales turnover”; in case the annual turnover is manipulated and shown lesser or if annual turnover is genuinely lower (as it may be in –case of smaller establishments) than it is approximately 8% all inclusive – which by rule cannot be charged to the guest and has to be included in the final selling price.

We are perhaps victims of our own success as our annual turnover is beyond the 8% all inclusive VAT scheme and by rule the VAT has to be chargeable to guests ...as it is most other cities in this country, all hotels and in other countries.

Further, we like to have a large selection of all registered imported wines and spirits available to our guests ...which off course attract huge duties unlike hotels who can procure duty free stocks ....thus our imported spirits & wines are perceived to be “expensive”- having one of the largest bar in Goa ...naturally comes at a price and we buy all our stocks legally through the authorised distributors with excise department verification ........these prices could come down if we were to indulge in malpractices such as procuring “grey stocks” which could be spurious liquor but on ethical grounds; we would never ever indulge in that. Our domestic spirits are however priced on par with all local shacks.

Most restaurants for this precise reason do not accept credit cards so they can reflect lesser sales in their books as all credit card transactions; as you know get immediately registered. Else they too would have no choice but to impose these government taxes. As we see, the government is getting very strict and over the years to come all our fellow restaurateurs would have no choice but to succumb to the same taxation.

We do hope and pray the voices of our customers would be powerful enough to have an impact on the government authorities to reduce this or our country is proactive like many in the west where there is a VAT refund scheme.

Please forgive us for being so transparent ...I humbly apologise and look forward to seeing you and hope you recommend us in a different light...

Much Love...
Aakritee (Chef & Proprietor) A REVERIE
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Perfect night to make a perfect memory”
Reviewed April 6, 2012

A Reverie deserves my highest recommendation. Last night I proposed to my girlfriend in the restaurant and the owners had been instrumental in organising the perfect dining experience for such a special occasion. The chef arranged the ring on the trio of deserts and was brought out while my girlfriends favourite song played out over the stereo - this makes me somewhat biased obviously but before this special moment the food and cocktails had been delicious. Yes it is expensive compared to other Calangute restaurants but it is in a different league. The food was amazing - the trio of prawns and fillet steak were prepared and cooked to perfection. Honestly some of the best food I have ever tasted. The ambience was relaxed and unpretentious while remaining classy and beautiful. If you want to create a special memory from your time in Goa then do not hesitate - book a table at A Reverie today!

  • Visited April 2012
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6 Thank JunglieD
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Aakritee, Owner at A Reverie, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
Sending our best.....

We are delighted that youe njoyed your dining expereince with us..

We have a fabulous new mneu & hope to see you soon.

We thank you so much for your feedback ...apologies for the delayed response....to be honest; we have never browsed though trip advisor and when I did today...every bit of my soul urged me to respond....I hope after this you will change your opinion with regards to the perception sof us being expensive.....but off course with an opportunity to serve you again.

Your doubts are indeed valid ....unfortunately we live in a world where establishments such as our’s have to pay a price for pursuing “ethical business practices” and as evident our government laws don’t really value honest principles......
We have no idea and neither do we wish to comment on other restaurants or how they manage and what component of their annual sales, are declared to the VAT authorities. In the same breath we humbly apologise to all fellow restaurateurs if we have offended them in any way- all of them are our colleagues and we share an extremely good relationship with them.

The VAT component of 12.5 % of food & 22% on alcohol is calculated on the “annual sales turnover”; in case the annual turnover is manipulated and shown lesser or if annual turnover is genuinely lower (as it may be in –case of smaller establishments) than it is approximately 8% all inclusive – which by rule cannot be charged to the guest and has to be included in the final selling price.

We are perhaps victims of our own success as our annual turnover is beyond the 8% all inclusive VAT scheme and by rule the VAT has to be chargeable to guests ...as it is most other cities in this country, all hotels and in other countries.

Further, we like to have a large selection of all registered imported wines and spirits available to our guests ...which off course attract huge duties unlike hotels who can procure duty free stocks ....thus our imported spirits & wines are perceived to be “expensive”- having one of the largest bar in Goa ...naturally comes at a price and we buy all our stocks legally through the authorised distributors with excise department verification ........these prices could come down if we were to indulge in malpractices such as procuring “grey stocks” which could be spurious liquor but on ethical grounds; we would never ever indulge in that. Our domestic spirits are however priced on par with all local shacks.

Most restaurants for this precise reason do not accept credit cards so they can reflect lesser sales in their books as all credit card transactions; as you know get immediately registered. Else they too would have no choice but to impose these government taxes. As we see, the government is getting very strict and over the years to come all our fellow restaurateurs would have no choice but to succumb to the same taxation.

We do hope and pray the voices of our customers would be powerful enough to have an impact on the government authorities to reduce this or our country is proactive like many in the west where there is a VAT refund scheme.

Please forgive us for being so transparent ...I humbly apologise and look forward to seeing you and hope you recommend us in a different light...

Much Love...
Aakritee (Chef & Proprietor) A REVERIE
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rickyse1
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“the best fine dining in goa”
Reviewed April 5, 2012

My self and two friends was in Goa march 2012 .my friend bryan took me to this restaurant and it was an explosion of tastes, fine dining in Goa exact.
This restaurant is a more than answerable for its prices, the quality of food is as good as any fine dining on the planet.
To top it all the owner who is also the chef comes to every table to meet and greet and if your lucky like we was she will let you try for free new sorbet on the menu to come such as egg and bacon, beetroot ,etc etc .
Thanks for the great many evenings we had in there and we will most definatley be spending a lot more time there when we are back
from Ricky Bryan and beatrice 10 stars xx

  • Visited March 2012
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9 Thank rickyse1
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Aakritee, Owner at A Reverie, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
We are really touched with your review and hope we can only get better...we really wish other diners appreciated the same and understood the finer nuances as you have of your dining experience at a Reverie and that this quality of food, setting and service .....off course comes at a price.

Thank you....we do aspire to be the very gleaming apex of culinary experience in Goa...and work hard at it...with patrons like yourselves...we hope A Reverie can achieve that.

Sending our best.....
Aakritee (Chef & Proprietor) A REVERIE
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Expensive”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

We ate here on 24th March. As mentioned in the other reviews food good and very pleasant surroundings. Live band in the background which I personally found a bit too loud at times. The tables are laid out in such a fashion that you have privacy wherever you are sitting. Service is good and staff attentive. Menu not the widest ranging however this allows them to focus on quality rather than quantity. We had a minor complaint in that something missed off the plate and this was dealt with very positively in so far as we were only charged for 3 main courses not 4 - how many times I've wished restaurants in UK would deal with issues like this in similar fashion.
We have eaten here before on previous holiday and save it to the end as a special treat however my gripe is that menu states prices subject to taxes etc and I wasn't best chuffed to have another 20% added to an already top priced menu. All the other restaurants manage to show final price so why can't they.

  • Visited March 2012
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3 Thank dougie_martin
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aakritee, Owner at A Reverie, responded to this review, March 18, 2013
Sending our very best......

We are really touched with your review and hope we can only get better...we really wish other diners appreciated the same and understood the finer nuances as you have of your dining experience at a Reverie and that this quality of food, setting and service .....Off course comes at a price.
We thank you so much for your feedback ...apologies for the delayed response....
Your doubts are indeed valid ....unfortunately we live in a world where establishments such as ours have to pay a price for pursuing “ethical business practices” and as evident our government laws don’t really value honest principles......
We have no idea and neither do we wish to comment on other restaurants or how they manage and what component of their annual sales, are declared to the VAT authorities. In the same breath we humbly apologise to all fellow restaurateurs if we have offended them in any way- all of them are our colleagues and we share an extremely good relationship with them.

The VAT component of 12.5 % of food & 22% on alcohol is calculated on the “annual sales turnover”; in case the annual turnover is manipulated and shown lesser or if annual turnover is genuinely lower (as it may be in –case of smaller establishments) than it is approximately 8% all inclusive – which by rule cannot be charged to the guest and has to be included in the final selling price.

We are perhaps victims of our own success as our annual turnover is beyond the 8% all inclusive VAT scheme and by rule the VAT has to be chargeable to guests ...as it is most other cities in this country, all hotels and in other countries.

Further, we like to have a large selection of all registered imported wines and spirits available to our guests ...which off course attract huge duties unlike hotels who can procure duty free stocks ....thus our imported spirits & wines are perceived to be “expensive”- having one of the largest bar in Goa ...naturally comes at a price and we buy all our stocks legally through the authorised distributors with excise department verification ........these prices could come down if we were to indulge in malpractices such as procuring “grey stocks” which could be spurious liquor but on ethical grounds; we would never ever indulge in that. Our domestic spirits are however priced on par with all local shacks.

Most restaurants for this precise reason do not accept credit cards so they can reflect lesser sales in their books as all credit card transactions; as you know get immediately registered. Else they too would have no choice but to impose these government taxes. As we see, the government is getting very strict and over the years to come all our fellow restaurateurs would have no choice but to succumb to the same taxation.

We do hope and pray the voices of our customers would be powerful enough to have an impact on the government authorities to reduce this or our country is proactive like many in the west where there is a VAT refund scheme.

Please forgive us for being so transparent ...I humbly apologise and look forward to seeing you and hope you recommend us in a different light...

Much Love...
Aakritee (Chef & Proprietor) A REVERIE
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Candolim, India
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“superb restaurant”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

much more expensive than most places in Goa but great for a special occassion and still reasonable compared to a similar meal in the Uk... romantic setting and great presentation...

Visited November 2011
Helpful?
8 Thank chillyandKeith
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Aakritee, Owner at A Reverie, responded to this review, December 2, 2012
We thank you so much for your feedback ...apologies for the delayed response....
We are really touched with your review and hope we can only get better...
We have a beautiful new menu; can’t wait to have your over for a meal and give us your feedback.
We are really touched with your review and hope we can only get better...we really wish other diners appreciated the same and understood the finer nuances as you have of your dining experience at a Reverie and that this quality of food, setting and service .....Off course comes at a price.Sending our best.....

Aakritee (Chef & Proprietor)
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