Goa Kitchen Toronto

Goa Indian Farm Kitchen

Goa Indian Farm Kitchen is an elegant restaurant dealing in cuisine from Goa, the coastal Indian state whose flavourful cuisine is much less often found in Toronto than its northern and central counterparts.

Joining the unofficial restaurant row inside the upscale mall Bayview Village, this chandelier-strung endeavour is another project from serial restaurateur Hemant Bhagwani.

goa torontoBaghwani—whose previous endeavours include Amaya Express and Indian Street Food Co.—is no stranger to spreading Indian eats across the city. After selling Amaya, however, he  said he felt “burnt out,” and decided to travel to Goa to write a cook book.

goa torontoAfter several months of experimenting with flavours from the former Portuguese colony (think seafood, chilli, and vinegar) Bhagwani returned to launch Goa Indian Farm Kitchen.

goa torontoUsing spices imported from India and ingredients from Ontario farmers, the lunch and dinner menus have an abundance of gluten-free and vegan items that visitors can order a la carte or in tasting menus.

goa torontoWhile there’s no shortage of traditional Indian classics like biryani or curry, you’ll find some less common dishes like Cafreal chicken ($17), a Goan take on tikka that uses organic chicken breast, green masala spices, avocado, and mint chutney.

goa torontoThe Goan seafood curry ($26) uses a traditional Goan coconut kokum curry with shrimp, scallops, tilapia, and mussels on a bed of quinoa and lentils.

goa torontoTender grass-fed lamb chops ($17) come in xacutti sauce: a delicious Goa coconut milk-based curry.

goa torontoThe Sriracha chilli cauliflower dish ($12), while not limited to Goa, is delicious.

goa torontoSmoked chicken sorpotal ($19) is Portuguese by origin but now most commonly cooked in Goa, using a spicy and vinegary sauce.

goa torontoAnything saucy is best eaten with their butter naan ($4) or chilli garlic naan ($4), or portions of Karma basmati rice ($4) that have chick peas, wild rice, and fried onions.

goa torontoAn unexpected outlier is a gluten-free grilled cheese sandwich ($15) that uses fromage le napoleon and truffle paste, served with a spicy tomato soup and sans crust.

goa torontoTo drink, a delicious vegan mango lassi ($7) does without dairy by using coconut yogurt, soy milk, and pistachios. 

goa torontoThe rose cocktail ($12) uses Dillon's rose gin, hibiscus syrup, prosecco, and a dash of rose syrup. 

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