Being a foodie, I always look for new places to eat. Working in the capital itself and having a lunch break of just one hour, I always need to hurry up. I had many times heard and read good reviews about this place called ‘Kokni Kanteen’ but had never dropped in there. One fine afternoon my colleague, Kishor asked me and another colleague of ours to join him for lunch at Kokni Kanteen and I was super excited to explore this place for long.
Who does not enjoy having a ‘Fish Thali’ with Goa’s nightingale Lorna’s song playing in the background? I can’t define how much I was in love with this place. The warm yellow lights were very welcoming. The interior had cozy unpretentious furniture, textured terracotta walls with niches portraying red chilies, garlic and onions strung on a string and hung just as they did in the good old days.
A small transistor was sitting on a shelf on the wall and crooning Goan songs adding to the whole ambience of a typical Goan home. My eyes wandered around the walls and took in a tiny play kitchen set hanging on the wall, next to it was a window-must have been a window from the living room into the veranda-but now it displayed vessels, containers and more. That must have been a part of a typical Goan kitchen.
The Menu was very interesting and had fish dishes which one would usually make at home. Variety of fish served was amazing, Lepo, Verliyo, Modso, Tisriyo, Iswan and more. The Cocktails and Mocktails also had very interesting names to them like- Bai Margarita, Traffik Jaam to name a couple.
The vegetarians need not despair, they have a good selection of rawa coated and fried vegetables. They also have a typical Goan side dish called Tondak to go with rice or Goan pao or chapatti- choice is yours! They also have a choice of North Indian dishes like Butter Chicken and Biryani on the menu but honestly I was not looking at those, after all a proud Goan – Seafood, Feni and all.
12 Noon to 3:30 PM
7 PM to 11:30 PM
Address: H 10/14, Dada Vaidya Road, Opposite Mahalaxmi Temple, Panjim, Goa
Written and Pics by: Pauline D’Mello