Bernado’s | Fine Goan Cuisine (Delhi NCR)

Bernado's
Bernado’s

I am the happiest when I get to eat home-style food in a restaurant set-up. Bernado’s, a little, cozy and comfortable restaurant serves Goan cuisine. Chrys and Cres, the lovely couple, has made this place with a lot of love. It was evident in the way that the place is decorated with their family pictures and how the operations were being conducted. Carefully looking into each detail in the kitchen and food preparation, interacting with the customers, they both seem to be enjoying their work.

Cres and her wedding picture
Cres and her wedding picture

Even though the place is really small, it seems to have its set of loyal customers. I overheard the conversation from the other table (don’t judge me) and those guys were back to eat the same dish they had on their last visit. That made me even more excited to try the food. We ordered for:

  • Peixe Rechaedo Mackerel
Peixe Rechaedo Mackerel
Peixe Rechaedo Mackerel
Clean Mackerel
Clean Mackerel
  • Peixe Frito
Peixe Frito
Peixe Frito
  • Paparis Racheado com Batata
Paparis Racheado com Batata
Paparis Racheado com Batata
  • Caril de Peixe
Caril de Peixe
Caril de Peixe
  • Beringelas Picantes
Beringelas Picantes
Beringelas Picantes
  • Steamed Rice (White)
  • Pao

So the menu is simple and clear and all these names have description about the preparation of the dishes. The staff in the Beach shirts also comes to your rescue, so no need to worry.

While we waited for the food to arrive on our table, we enjoyed listening to the local Goan music. The music was peppy and fun. It created an ambience of a shack somewhere in Goa.

Peixe Rachaedo Mackerel is the tastiest starter I’ve had in a long time. Shallow fried Mackerel fish, filled with the red chillies and spices ground in Goan vinegar, it is cooked without deboning the fish. The fish was perfectly cooked and the balance of flavors was great. It was served with finely chopped onion and tomato salad on the side. Squeeze the lemon on top and you are in for a heavenly ride.

Peixe Frito is another fish starter. Fillets of fish (boneless fish) are smeared with spices, covered in the thinnest batter and then shallow fried. The fish had a mild smokey top layer and it was tender from the inside. This is also served along with the tomato-onion salad. The spices weren’t too strong and I really liked that about the dish.

Paparis Racheado com Batata was a surprise dish. Fried papad stuffed with a spicy potato filling. The filling is really tasty and consists of very distinctive spices. The papads were crunchy and tomato sauce complimented the dish. It provided the sweetness in the spicy dish and balanced the flavors. This is a treat for Vegetarians who love Batata (Potato).

Caril de Peixe, a traditional Goan curry cooked with ground spices and coconut milk and flavored with Kokum. Kokum is a fruit that serves a distinct flavor in Goan cuisine. Besides coconut milk, fish, and ground spices, Kokum is generously used in Goan curry. The fish was melting in my mouth and having the curry with rice, certainly made it one hearty meal.

Beringelas Picantes may sound exotic, but it’s a very tasty bowl of Brinjal cooked in a spicy tangy tomato-onion masala. The portion is quite generous. I could have never imagined that a Pao and Brinjal would taste nice together. But this one was a very scrumptious combination. I was worried for my vegetarian friend as there are only 5 Vegetarian main dishes on the menu, but it turned out to be a good treat for him, on the whole.

They say Goan food experience is incomplete without Fish and we undeniably showed great love to the fish in its every avatar.

The bill came up to Rs 1537 inclusive of all taxes.

I think I am going to visit this place more often. For the love of food, for the love of framed music notes (dated 1955) and for the black and white beautiful wedding picture of Chrys and Cres.

Framed music notes (Dated 1955)
Framed music notes (Dated 1955)

 

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