Stunning New Restaurant in Vagator Brings Glitz, symptoms Glamour, Great Taste
And Delicious Flavours From A MasterChef Australia Finalist
Granted not everyone on the planet watches the renowned cooking show MasterChef Australia. But if you are a fan, then you undoubtedly have heard of Sarah Todd, the model-turned-MasterChef who wowed audiences around the world as a finalist of 2014’s Season 6. That this beautiful, famous and talented chef has decided to open a Modern Australian restaurant right here in our very own Goa – and an excellent one at that– is certainly reason to be proud. Not only has Sarah come of age, but so have we.
On a recent Sunday afternoon, we headed over to try out the newly launched Sunday Brunch at Antares. The restaurant is stunning, with its location atop the Vagator cliff overlooking palm trees, crashing waves, rock formations and the endless expanse of the Arabian Sea. To say Antares, launched this past November, is one of the coolest and hippest restaurants to hit the Goa food scene would be an understatement.
Renowned restaurateur Ashish Kapur and Joydeep Singh, co-founders of the The Wine Company, Dimsum Bros. and Yo! China and have collaborated with Todd to put together this architectural showpiece, featuring cozy villas (yes, you can stay as well as eat here), awe-inspiring views, a Beach Club, an infinity pool, a store, a dazzling installation of LED lights showing the constellation Scorpius, and, of course, really yummy food. If you’re not sure what’s the best way to take in the pink sunsets of Goa, try doing so here while sipping a cocktail. Guaranteed, disappointed you will not be.
During our brunch experience, the service and hospitality were as lovely as the food, with just the right amount of attention. The Pulled pork sliders, homemade granola, slow cooked lamb with potato madeleines, bbq chicken, red snapper with lentils, chargrilled broccoli, the myriad pizzas, and the pesto spaghetti were particularly scrumptious. The brunch featured a delightful vegetarian and non vegetarian spread.
Cocktails were abundant, and divine. The Strawberry basil martini, was a hit for sure. Mimosa, sparkling wine from Chandon and several other splendid concoctions like the coconut sorbet Champange float put together by Australian bartender Nathan Ford are a must try!
Antares, named after Sarah Todd’s zodiac sign, the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation, is being billed as an avant garde restaurant and Beach Club, and so far it’s living up to its billing.
Explains Sarah Todd, “The cuisine is … simple with fresh ingredients, exotic flavours, classic cooking techniques and an injection of flavour through a charcoal grill, as this is a key part of Australian cuisine.”
Ashish, for his part, adds, “We wanted to give guests at Antares a reason to stay through the day – the beach club with lounge beds and all day snacks make it the perfect location to spend the day with the action moving to the fine-dining restaurant set atop the cliff in the evening that is perfect to enjoy the sunset accompanied by exotic cocktails, music and dinner”.
For reservations call 8379023018 or visit www.antaresgoa.com