Porvorim is now becoming a hot favourite as a foodie destination especially for the locals and settlers, but tourists are also seen flocking around the multiple outlets that have lined up the highway.
One of my personal favourites along the Porvorim highway is the Turmeric Kitchen and Bar it’s nestled on the service lane opposite Mall de Goa and you can easily locate it via Google Maps.
As soon as you enter the restaurant, you see a well-lit and bright ambience that is cosy, comfortable and inviting. Unlike most of the fine-dine restaurants that are dimly lit, this one is bright and vibrant. It’s for sure a family restaurant where you can walk in with your loved ones and spend some relaxed time as you enjoy delicious food.
Turmeric primarily serves north Indian, Goan and Asian cuisine and in a time span of a few months, it has become quite a favourite with the locals as well as the tourists. The staff and management at turmeric are more than friendly, warm and pay attention to each and every request of yours.
Coming to food, the menu is definitely an elaborate one and sometimes leads to confusion on what to order and what to leave and thus if you see my recommendations you will find a little bit of every cuisine.
When visiting a restaurant for the first time, I always try and stick to basics because it is my belief that a restaurant that can master basics is definitely worth a second visit to explore more on the menu.
So for starters, we ordered Chilli Chicken which was really very very good and since my boy enjoys Chilli Paneer more than chicken so we also ordered chilli paneer too and it was equally good. One of the biggest challenges in paneer dishes is to find paneer is very soft, tender and not chewing, thankfully Turmeric managed that pretty well. both the dishes were perfectly spiced, they were neither two spicy nor on the sweeter side.
From the north Indian selection, we tried the Dahi Ke Kebabs. Although they were good, I would not like to call them kebabs, because they came in the form of a creamy curd filling in fried bread rolls. The Chicken Harabhara Kebab , a tandoori preparation with green and spicy masala was delish and I would say that you must give it a try.
For the mains, we tried Chicken Hakka Noodles and Kung Pao Chicken from the Asian section while on the Indian side we tried the Paneer Tikka Masala. I would say as far as the main course is concerned the Asian was better than the North Indian because we found the paneer tikka masala to be a little too oily and could have been spiced a little better. The Kung Pao Chicken and Noodles were on point.
For desserts, we settled for the Goan popular Seradura and must say that it was 100% perfectly made and we loved it.
Overall Turmeric Kitchen and Bar was definitely worth our while and definitely a place I would love to go back to. Also, I would like to mention that Turmeric is one of those kid-segment dining places that offer good food without burning a hole in your pocket.