Goa’s quintessential neighbourhood bar, Watson’s, was started by a set of young passionate entrepreneurs looking to create a place that immediately makes you feel at ease with its ambience, the music, the friendly service, and most importantly, the pocket-friendly prices. It was at a time where the music scene was changing drastically and, with it, the perception of having a good time. There was an unshakable awareness that this scene was now lacking soul. Everyday became a fervent search for a place they would feel comfortable and belong. So, they created Watson’s, as the name suggesting its ethos – on one end, evoking old world charm that one would find in the pubs from another era, at the other end suggesting something different from the usual. Watson’s is a place where the old-fashioned meets contemporary, a community that chooses quality over simply what’s trending.
This jewel of a grub pub has been catching a lot of steam in this past year, steadily becoming Goa’s hottest new pub to hang out in! Its menu is replete with old favourites that everyone has grown up eating in the hallowed clubs of old, but served with a flourish in Watson’s unique style. As Watson’s spreads its wings further into its new and exotic locale of Goa, the menu has evolved to reflect not just the local’s favourite comfort foods but also much-loved snacks from across the country and beyond. At Watson’s, there are no pretentions; they offer what you crave and are comfortable eating on a regular basis, and not only on occasions. The relaxed atmosphere and rustic charm of Watson’s lends itself to the kind of place where you can enter in your shorts and loafers and get your ‘daily fix,’ minus the hype and hoopla. Furthermore, they aim to support local and national talent and be true to the component of originality in music. This not only provides freshness in the type of music played here, but also endeavours to showcase musicians from the local community and provide them with a platform for their talent.
This trendy pub in Panjim, is also known to serve a variety of beverages and interesting cocktails with a local twist that goes perfectly well with their regular event nights. The mixologist, Goan boy Valentine Xavier, brings his own individual blend to this melting pot like the special “Curry & Coriander Martini”, a concoction of white rum infused with curry and coriander leaves for a minimum of two days, then tossed with lime and sugar that gives you a fresh glass of delight to sip on.
This grub pub, has recently introduced their new menu with many elements that mirror the state they are in, Goa, but all with their own unique twist and in keeping with their origins. First among the many to welcome you on the new menu is the “Pepper Seafood Soup”, reminiscent of Rasam, the soup is a mix of coriander, curry leaves, prawn and calamari in clear fish broth with a kick of black pepper.
The “Apple Chutney Salad” is their Indian version of the Waldorf made from green Applesand cucumbers cubed, marinated in hung curd with tarka of mustard seeds & dried red chillies dressing that gives it that Desi twist. One must not miss out on is the Cheezling Bhel, again that Watson’s twist on a popular street food. Now that Watson’s is in Goa and celebrating their third year, Sous Chef Sujal tells us, “We really did want to infuse the food and the culture of this amazing state into our menu. All the new dishes that we have added are influenced by local flavours, but we wanted to put our own unique touch to it.” “The Beef Croquets”, “Goan Style Chilly Chicken”, “Chicken Cafreal” smoky and lightly marinated in Cafreal masala, “Chorizo Pull Apart Bread” baked in Chorizo and cheese, are sure to please the Goans who walk into Watson’s looking for a plate full of deliciousness. “Ros Omelette Pav” that it is served in a rather upmarket, mini-baking dish with subtle Xacuti gravy that elevates this simple street food to new heights. “Spinach and Three Cheese Classic” a thin crust homemade pizza topped with three different types of cheese, “Classic BBQ Wings” smoky oven roasted and finished in a Tandoor and the “Pork Kosha” with its roots in Kolkata, pre-marinated slow cooked pork that just melts in our mouth. The “Shaking Beef” made with a mix of eastern and continental flavours, pan tossed in chilli flakes and BBQ sauce,are some more of the latest delicacies added to Watson’s all new menu. Another that truly stands out among the new additions is the “Naga Pork Curry” cooked with Assamese Bhut Jolokia (or ghost chillies, one of the fieriest peppers in the world), tender succulent cubes of pork, hints of star anise, tangy, spicy curry, yet at the same time full of flavour, rich aroma and extremely moreish.
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