We had heard a lot about Bernado’s, a goan eating joint in Gurgaon, that one day couple of us decided to visit and try their food. This is a very tiny place located in suparmart-I Gurgaon and can be easily located as you will find a sign board. It has seating capacity for 10-12. Their Kitchen is on first floor.
I had been to Goa couple of times and madly in love with goan cuisine. Especially sea food, like crabs, prawns, lobsters. I also love pork vindaloo. I was very excited to try it out here as well; however pork vindaloo was over, when we reached. I was disappointed that I couldn’t get a chance to taste.
This place is own by aged couple, and according to them the food they serve here is easily available at any catholic house in Goa. We asked them to suggest what should we eat here and they suggested fish fry and prawns in starters.
On their recommendations we started with prawn recheado (Rs 375) which are prawns in spicy and tangy rechieo masala made from red chillies and spices ground in goan vinegar and shallow fried. Prawns were very small in size and were not fresh and it wasn’t fried properly resulting in it being soggy and the spicy. The spiciness negated the taste and flavor of prawns. None of us liked the prawns. Next was Pexie Recheado(350), 2 pieces of Mackerel in similar spice. Fish was perfectly fried and it was delicious. We loved it and it was kind of balanced wherein we liked one dish and we didn’t like another.
For the main course as chef suggested Xacuti De Galinha( Rs 250), Chourico(Rs 300), Temparade(Rs 150) and Vegetable Xacuti( Rs 150). Chicken Xacuti was very ordinary in taste and it didn’t taste like as it should have tasted. One of the reasons can be the amountcombination of coconut wasn’t appropriate. It was yet another chicken curry which had been cooked in coconut, didn’t have the flavor of the roasted spices. We were very disappointed with the chicken. Chourico was a disaster, as this dish was supposed to contain famous goan sausages with potato, however unfortunately we had really hard time to find pork sausages as the pieces were small and potatoes were not only small but were undercooked. Other two dishes which we ordered were veg and it lacked the flavor and taste too. While we were eating we found a small steel particle in one of the dish. We immediately pointed out it to the lady but she very conveniently ignored it. Her reaction was disappointing and since we didn’t want to take it ahead, we decided to keep quiet and finish our meal.
We finished our dish with their desert called Bebinca (Rs 50), which is a layered sweet. It wasn’t too sweet however was very elastic and difficult to cut.
At the end it was one of the most disappointing meals that we ever had. Also we can say that though they say this is Goan food but after tasting it, I can say it is nowhere close to what we get in Goa. We went there with high expectations and would not like to go back again.
Our Verdict :
Food : 1.5
Ambience : 2.0
Service : 3.0
Overall Experience – 3.0
Meal for Two: Rs900-1100 ( No Alcohol)
Timings: 1:00 pm – 3:30pm; 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Address: Bernardo’s Goan Restaurant, B-229, Super Mart-1, DLF Phase 4, Gurgaon | Phone: 0124-6518323/ 98115-71379
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