New hotels are opening up in full swing on Macau’s Cotai Strip, and while every visit brings the latest and most surprising of style and decor, sometimes, you simply want a taste of old Macau. While Taipa Village is just off the beaten track from the main strip and has undergone a bit of a renaissance itself with some refurbishments, the quaint old buildings in the area have remained intact.
Goa Nights is nestled amongst the stretch of three-storeyed terraces of yesteryear Macau, promising to bring some exotic spice to the Macau bar scene. First runner-up in the Bacardi Legacy 2017 contest and last year’s Belvedere Vodka Relearn Natural cocktail competition winner, Chetan Gagan takes the helm at this tapas bar and restaurant. What’s on the menu certainly piqued our interest.
First up, we sampled the Lisbon (MOP98), a concoction of gin infused with turmeric Aperol and grapefruit juice, topped with egg white and a dash of port. The egg white abated the initial bite of alcohol and the fresh citrus notes paved the way for the Aperol, ending with hints of turmeric on the palate. This was a surprising combination that well represented the exotic location for which the restaurant is named.
For a snack, we opted for the Goa Nights nachos (MOP68). This plate was packed with tortilla chips, chicken tikka masala, pickled onions and labneh, topped with mint, tandoori mayonnaoise and goat’s cheese. The tikka masala carried a strong punch, but the cheese, mayo and mint helped to keep things calm, while the pickles tickled our palate with their sour notes. This was one of the most creative spins we’ve had on this bar-snack staple.
We chased our snack with a Calicut (MOP98), a mixture of vodka and what’s dubbed the bar’s “own Bloody Mary mix”, but the drink surprisingly doesn’t contain any tomato. Instead getting its colour from carrot juice, we found this tipple refreshing with its herbal notes and balanced spice.
Away from the well-heeled crowds of the huge hotels of Cotai, Goa Nights with its cosy surrounds is a nice change of scenery. The drinks and bar snacks are creative. For those seeking something new in Macau, Goa Nights should absolutely be on the itinerary.
118 Rua Correia da Silva, Taipa Village, Macau, +853 2856 7819
This write-up is based on a complimentary media tasting provided in exchange for an honest review and no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed here represent the author‘s.
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