A rainy day!!! Not worth visiting the beach nor any pub during the off season at Goa. So what? Goa has much more than Beaches or Pubs or Restaurants. It’s the Greenery and of course the old Goan Heritage.
So this Palacio Do Deao, I have been researching about this place for quite some time and never got an opportunity to visit for obvious reasons. We always find joy in North Goa and South Goa is often skipped from Schedule. Did you all know, one can have a relaxing vacation in South Goa than North?
And this monsoon it was; we take time off for Goa and it’s purely South Goa. Moreover, we had two birthdays to celebrate in a week and Palacio Do Deao is the finest place to celebrate a special day.
While in Goa, I called Ruben for an appointment on a Monday. He said he would call me back after some time and when he called after some time he suggested if we opt for Thursday instead of Wednesday. I had planned a birthday surprise here and I informed the same to Ruben. He again he said he will confirm the availability and call back. He called me on Tuesday asking us to be there at Palacio Do Deao at 12:30 in the noon. I was so excited for I was longing to visit this place for a long long time.
Here’s my experience about the delicious meals made by Celia and the cordiality of Ruben.
We took the help of Google Map to locate this place and while google was directing I was wondering if this place will be good enough as it was amidst the Quepem junction. But as we parked the vehicle in front of THE Palacio Do Deao, I was awestruck, so elated seeing the palace coming to life with beautiful gardens and artifacts around. As we entered, there was a beautiful alter (as this place was built by a priest and the first mass of Quepem took place in this palace itself) and heartwarming smile of Celia.
When we reached Ruben was out for work and the day being Wednesday, their weekly off; he had scheduled all his personal and professional work on that day. I still feel sorry for interrupting their weekly holiday. Celia asked us to go around the palace and wow what a place they get to live in. It’s an architectural marvel, lovely interiors, amazing collection of antic artifacts, and beautifully carved furniture’s. I must say our ancestors have really worked hard and what we do is not appreciating their creation and just going with the easy work, template based designs and machine made works. Earlier, people have really created wonders with detailed work may it be architecture or jewelry or anything.
After walking around the palace and the beautiful garden we entered the boulevard for our lunch. Celia got us a Kokum Mocktail a simple but tasty drink which we had in the boulevard overlooking the beautiful garden and bird house. And then followed by amazing culinary creations. Everything served was so perfect and authentic. I bet no restaurant will serve such an authentic and delicious traditional food. Five on Five for everything served and plus stars for the Pumpkin Cheese Pie. Yummy!
I do not remember the names of the dishes served, but the taste is still lingering my taste buds. We had prawn rissoles for starters along with green salad, stuffed squid preparation, and cheese balls. Each and every plate was designed and placed professionally with so much love and care. We then continued with the tomato soup, needless to say; it was delicious. Then comes the king of our meal “Pumpkin Cheese Pie”. I loved it, and I wish I could prepare that dish the same way how Celia would make. Sigh! For main course, we had Chicken Xacuti, Prawns and Ladies Finger Curry with Brown Rice. Oh my God! Did I forget the grilled whole fish which was Red Snapper, fresh catch from the nearby Kushavathi River. White wine along the meal was savoring. To end with, we had caramel custard and then a cup of coffee. All this while, enjoying the meal, at the back of my mind I was also worried about the price. I had not checked with Ruben earlier what would be the price. Because everything served was of top quality and no compromise in quantity too. I was relieved when Ruben handed the bill box, such a worthy meal it was. It was one of the best meals of my life I had so far.
I have no words to express my gratitude to Ruben and Celia for the great work they are doing. The restoration of this amazing place is done so well and is maintained with so much love and care. So is the food which is prepared for the guests who come here. Purely home-cooked Goan-Portuguese food prepared with so much of love. I really have no words to express the bounty of this place, one should go there without any second thought and feel it for once.
To conclude, Ruben took us around the Palace explaining the history and how they restored each and everything within to how it looked earlier when it was built. Great job both of you Ruben and Celia. Thank you!
Ruben and Celia were so kind to accommodate us even on their day off.
Do book in advance and check for their weekly off day. It’s Wednesday.
Opposite Holy Cross Church,
Quepem, Goa (South Goa)
Landline: 0832 266 4029
Mobile: +91 98 2317 5639
Note: The drinks like Kokum Mocktail or whatever you order, Wine or other drinks do not come with the base package price, they are charged additionally, but reasonable priced. 🙂
Few of the images from our visit.