Café Goa The Den is small, Quaint, busily located and a bit tight to merit cozy, but the food and hospitality almost make up. And they have some really interesting beers - which is a big plus for me. God is indeed in the details. I tried some dark Australian beers - which cost me quite a bit more (pricey at Rs. 539 for 2 pints) but definitely worth it. The owner seems hands on and is affable and infectious in his merriment. He talks happily with people at most tables and helps you order with conviction.
The Goa sausage is in fact just right. In fact, I seem to be hankering for some as I write this and they serve their Xacuti with herbed steamed rice, which brings out the flavours quite nicely. The Tiracol Tikkis were only okay and I think we left one or two (in a plate of 6) but the salad worked well as a second appetizer.
The bar is almost non-existent, but is well stocked and with a couple of drinks each, and a first and second courses per head, we were set back by Rs. 2,500 for two people. Not cheap, but definitely cheerful, The Den has a certain je ne sais quoi that makes it work. Maybe it's the tree; maybe it's the warmth. Jury is still out on that one.