Goa reviews (Ashwem Beach)
Spent Easter in Goa, below are the reviews from our 5 days there:
We stayed at the Yab Yum resort on Ashwem beach (north of Morjim beach in north Goa), it was billed as upgraded beach shacks... and that is exactly what they were. A lot nicer than the other beach shacks we saw along the beach and the grounds of the resort were beautiful with banana trees, coconut trees, hundreds of hibiscus, ginger, heliconium and untold other plants creating a very peaceful garden setting between the cottages and dome accomodations.
Yab Yum isn't known for it's food and we did not eat dinner there as the other online reviews were not favourable. But breakfast was outstanding and was included in the nightly rate. The masala omlette, fresh fruit bowl, fresh juice and fresh baked buns were a real treat served to our cottage each morning. The real find though were the homemade preserves, a ginger and spice jam and cardamon mustard orange marmelade. I would have really liked to take the marmalade home as it was oustanding and unlike any other marmalade I have tried before.
Lunch took the form of veg sandwiches with feta cheese served to our beach loungers... nothing fancy but definately a snack that hit the spot on the ultra hot beach days in Goa.
A very well known beach restaurant north of Morjim that has French ownership. The menu was quite comprehensive and not your standard beach fare. We ate here twice in our week on Ashwem beach as La Plage was only a 10 minute walk south.
Calamari salad was excellent, a great tomato based sauce with perfectly cooked tender calamari served cold. The grilled sardine starter was also excellent but could have benefitted from a vinegrette IMO. The last starter we had was the green papaya and spicy chicken salad that my wife really enjoyed, the dressing was a great match.
For mains we had the lemon pepper fish (we were never told which fish it was) with herb mashed potatoes which was also extremely well cooked, light, flakey and with an excellent crust from the lemon pepper; the pomfret almandine in butter with baby potatoes also cooked in butter. This too was excellent, especially the potatoes; lastly I had the fish soup with house made croutons and aioli... the only problem I had with tihs dish is there were no fish chunks/pieces in the soup it was a broth only. Had the menu indicated this I likely wouldn't have ordered it as I was looking for fish in my fish soup, but it was still a very nice broth. The other exceptional part to the dinners was the bread, it was house made and truly fantastic with both the starters and mains.
This place north of our resort on Ashwem beach was more of a traditional beach shack restaurant. The beer and wine were cold and the papadams were hot from the fryer. My wife wanted something a little different so went with the banana pancake, which was huge and I'm told very delicious. I went with a jumbo prawn tikka masala with rice, the sauce was nice and spicy and the prawns cooked very well (ie: not over cooked and tough). We also had a couple of aloo parathas which were a nice combination with our dinner. Not a fancy place but great beach food for dinner.
Om Beach Resort
Om was right next door to Yab Yum, and as Yab Yum had no real bar service at night was the perfect place for a sundowner. Again the beers and wines were cold and the sunset views were outstanding. We did have many of their "snacks" including the prawn and vegetarian momos, golden fried prawns and hummous with chapati. All the snacks were very good especially the prawn momos and golden fried prawns.