Chef’s Log 67: Longing for Longuinhos

As you know by now, I am something of a food enthusiast. Of course, anyone who knew me on my home planet would say that this is an understatement. Whenever a certain dish caught my fancy, I would go to great lengths to experience that dish in all its glory at least one more time. Armed with nothing but a multi-purpose rope, I once singlehandedly scaled the highest mountain on Gastronomica just for a chance to capture (and later eat) the incredibly rare WereDragon egg.  Ironically, that was one of my more successful expeditions. I recently met with great disappointment on this planet when my quest for an obsession-worthy cheesecake ended in failure. I had tried this mind-alteringly delicious dessert a few years ago at Longuinhos in Margao, Goa. An incredibly innovative take on cheesecake, it was deconstructed in such a way that the flavours and textures simply popped and were elevated to a divine degree. Imagine my disappointment when I made a trip and learnt that the restaurant had (quite understandably) run out of cheesecake. However, all was not lost. I decided to make the best of a bad situation, and having recalled that the place served an excellent steak, sat down to lunch. My memory did not fail me. I ordered the Beef Steak with Egg and Chips, and it was just as delicious as I remembered. A dish that was somehow decadent yet homely and comforting at the same time, it was characterized by a distinctly Goan flavour. The meat was tender, while the savoury flavour of the sauce blended with the sweetness of the caramelized onions beautifully. I also had a glass of the very reasonably priced ‘Urak.’  Urak is a milder cousin of the locally brewed, cashew-flavoured liquor ‘Feni,’ which is sometimes criticized for its intense taste and smell. The Urak was smooth and pleasant, and rather felt like the alcoholic equivalent of a warm hug. The meal was so satisfying that it made up for my earlier disappointment about the cheesecake. And that is no easy feat. Longuinhos, like Café Tato, is one of the landmark restaurants in Goa, and is a throwback to simpler times (although it’s hard to imagine this planet being any simpler than it already is). Anyway, this place is definitely worth a visit or two. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to try the deconstructed cheesecake.

The perfect meal

The perfect meal. Look at it. It’s beautiful.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *