London is a cosmopolitan city packed with all manner of restaurants serving all manner of cuisines, be they strictly national or a fusion of two or more. When you dine at Southall’s Taste of Goa, at The Green, you will – whether you know it or not – be enjoying one of the world’s oldest fusion cuisines. A style of cooking informed by a centuries-long culinary dialogue between indigenous Indian, Hindi, and colonial Portuguese traditions, Goan cuisine’s seafood-dominated selections are delicately balanced and consummately tropical.
What is Goan cuisine? Goa is well-known internationally for its beautiful beaches
along India’s Arabian Sea coast, and it’s this maritime environment that shapes the
cuisine of Goa. That and the region’s history of Portuguese colonial rule. Before
the coming of the Portuguese, ingredients such as potatoes, tomatoes, pineapples,
guava, cashews, and even chilli – which one would think are integral to any Indian
cuisine – were unknown to Goa, where the staples of rice, fish and traditional Hindu
ingredients and culinary practices predominated. Southall’s Taste Of Goa, at The
Green, is true to the mixed history of Goan cuisine, replete with seafood and delicate
blends of Indian and Portuguese spices.
If you’re passing by The Green in Southall on a typically grey London day, why not pop into Taste of Goa and brighten up your morning with a traditional Goan breakfast? Looking for a snack? Taste of Goa’s Heavy Taste Cafreal Burger puts the Goan dish of spicy cafreal chicken between a burger bun for an Indian-Portuguese flavour sensation on the go. If you’re coming into Taste of Goa for a proper sit-down meal, you’ll be amazed at the range of fish and seafood dishes on offer. That’s because Goa’s coastal location means that a Goan meal is incomplete without some sort of fresh seafood catch involved.