Isabella’s Tapas Bar: A Year of Culinary Revelry and Vermouth Magic

Isabella’s Tapas Bar: A Year of Culinary Revelry and Vermouth Magic

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Published on November 16, 2023

In a year filled with vibrancy, flavors, and home-made vermouth galore, Isabella’s Tapas Bar in Goa has successfully marked its first anniversary. This Vermuteria, the first of its kind in Goa, has not only redefined the role of vermouths in cocktails but has also become a culinary haven for Spanish and Portuguese delights.

Isabella’s commitment to crafting signature vermouths has turned these fortified white wines into culinary stars, making them the unsung heroes of classic cocktails like Negroni, Martinis, and Manhattan. What sets Isabella’s apart is its unique concept aligning perfectly with its status as a Tapas bar.

The menu at Isabella’s is a delightful array of classic Spanish tapas, featuring Croquettes, Patatas Bravas, Albondigas, Manchego cheese platters, and Paellas. Going beyond, Isabella’s introduces cult Portuguese favorites like Bacalhau (salted cod fish) to India, making it a true rarity.

The dedication to authenticity is evident as Isabella’s sources international ingredients directly from Spain and Portugal, infusing every dish with the genuine flavors of these countries.

Isabella’s Tapas Bar is not just about savoring the end product; it’s on a mission to educate and inspire. The Vermouth-making classes they offer are a comprehensive 3-hour experience covering the history of Vermouth, botanical deep dives, live demonstrations of vermouth production, and a hands-on session behind the bar. Attendees leave with their vermouth-making kit to experiment with at home, making this offering unparalleled in India’s restaurant and bar scene.

What truly distinguishes Isabella’s is its unwavering commitment to the Tapas philosophy, staying true to its roots and mainly catering to the Iberian continent. In a world of culinary fads, Isabella’s authenticity is a breath of fresh air.

As Isabella’s Tapas Bar celebrates its first anniversary and the vermouth revolution in India, it invites you to come for the vermouth, stay for the tapas, and leave with memories of a culinary adventure.

Address: Isabella’s, First Floor Econ Incrocio, Opposite Don Bosco High School, MG Road, Panjim 403001

Timings: 12 pm to 12 am (Closed on Monday)


Discover Italian Charm at Oliveto: St. Regis Goa's Newest Culinary Gem

Discover Italian Charm at Oliveto: St. Regis Goa's Newest Culinary Gem

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 15, 2024

Experience a taste of Italy at St. Regis Goa Resort's latest dining addition, Oliveto, a refined Italian eatery that promises to redefine South Goa's culinary scene. Nestled against scenic pool views and adorned with tasteful interiors, Oliveto celebrates the essence of Italian cuisine, highlighting the purity of ingredients and the timeless allure of olive oil, a staple of Mediterranean culinary traditions.

Embodying the Italian concept of "La Dolce Vita," Oliveto presents a menu steeped in tradition yet infused with modern flair. Each dish reflects Italy's culinary heritage, meticulously crafted with fresh, vibrant flavors. The restaurant's ambiance exudes rustic Italian charm, creating a vibrant atmosphere filled with energy and warmth.

Named after the ancient olive trees that grace Italy's landscapes, Oliveto pays homage to the centuries-old tradition of olive harvesting and the spirit of community it embodies. With its rustic interiors and inviting outdoor terrace, Oliveto provides a welcoming backdrop for guests to indulge in contemporary interpretations of classic Italian dishes, promising a culinary journey filled with passion, creativity, and the unmistakable taste of Italy.

Embark on a culinary adventure at Oliveto with tantalizing starters like the Insalata Oliveto, featuring a vibrant mix of roasted cherry tomatoes, red onions, and smoked olives in a refreshing lemon emulsion. Explore their inventive take on Tuscan cuisine with the Cavelossim Ribollita, followed by artisanal pizzas boasting a sourdough base and tantalizing toppings like olives and burrata. Indulge in fragrant delights such as the Goan Red Rice Risotto infused with saffron and mascarpone, or treat yourself to decadent desserts like Panna Cotta and Affogato al Caffe. For a truly immersive experience, opt for the signature Esperienza di Punta, curated to transport guests to the lush olive farms of Italy, featuring an array of cheeses, tomatoes, and basil paired with exquisite olive oils.

With Oliveto, St. Regis Goa Resort invites guests to savor the charm of Italy in a picturesque setting, where every dish tells a story of tradition, innovation, and culinary excellence.


Midleton Distillery Releases Its Most Aged Whiskey Ever

Midleton Distillery Releases Its Most Aged Whiskey Ever

By Nishang Narayan

Published on April 13, 2024

Midleton Distillery has unveiled a landmark release in its prestigious Silent Distillery Collection—Chapter Five. This 49-year-old whiskey is not only Midleton’s oldest to date but also a testament to the art of whiskey-making. Distilled back in 1973 by the then Master Distiller Max Crockett using the world’s largest pot still, it represents a bridge across generations of distillers.

Kevin O’Gorman, the current Master Distiller, describes this release as "an exceptional liquid that exceeds expectations," inviting whiskey lovers to a unique tasting journey that combines rich history with exquisite craftsmanship.

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The whiskey matured in an American ex-bourbon barrel selected for its quality and historical significance. After nearly five decades, the result is a complex profile of fruits, nuts, and spices, rounded off with a long, satisfying finish of caramel and oak. The sensory journey begins with delicate fruit notes, evolving into deeper flavours of dark chocolate and herbal tea, seasoned with a hint of spices.

Adding to its exclusivity, the final six months of maturation took place in a special barrel, repaired in the mid-1970s by Dominic Buckley, a renowned cooper. This cask, maintained over the years by Buckley's son Ger, now the Master Cooper, is emblematic of the craftsmanship passed down through generations.

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Each bottle of Chapter Five is encased in a hand blown decanter from Waterford Crystal and housed in a custom-designed cabinet by Irish designer John Galvin. Made from tiger brown oak burr and accented with reclaimed oak from Irish whiskey vats, the packaging itself is a collector’s item.

Priced at €55,000, this exquisite whiskey is available in select markets, including the US, UK, and Europe, making it a must-have for collectors and connoisseurs worldwide.


Bastian Restaurant Expands to the Garden City, Bengaluru

Bastian Restaurant Expands to the Garden City, Bengaluru

By Nithyakala Neelakandan

Published on April 13, 2024

Bastian Hospitality Private Limited has announced the grand opening of Bastian Garden City in Bengaluru, marking the brand's third venture in India following its successful establishments in Mumbai's Bandra and Dadar districts.

Founded in 2016, Bastian has garnered widespread acclaim for its unique culinary offerings, blending inventive pairings with comforting classics. Ranjit Bindra, the founder & CEO of Bastian Hospitality Private Limited, expressed his excitement about the expansion, stating, “Our vision has always been to establish a hospitality brand renowned for its exceptional dining and bar experiences. We’re thrilled to kickstart our nationwide expansion with this exciting venture in Bengaluru.”

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Bastian Bengaluru presents a diverse menu featuring flavored creations inspired by American and Asian cuisines, promising an indulgent dining experience for patrons. Additionally, the restaurant maintains its focus on a crafted bar selection, ensuring its position as a premier nightlife destination.

Situated on St. Mark’s Road, Bastian Garden City occupies a 60-plus-years-old bungalow behind St. Mark’s Hotel, offering a spacious setting spread across 22,000 sq ft of space across two levels. The chic decor, inspired by chic holiday destinations, creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for guests. Although plans for a waterfall in the alfresco area have been put on hold due to the city's water shortages, the ambiance remains enchanting.

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Chef Amol Phute has curated a menu that introduces meatier options while retaining the signature favorites from Bastian Mumbai. Dishes like the Peruvian tenderloin tiradito with chipotle ponzu and the salmon and snapper ceviché with mango offer a tantalizing culinary journey for diners.

For those seeking a delightful dining experience coupled with vibrant ambiance, Bastian Garden City in Bengaluru promises to deliver an unforgettable experience. So, gather your friends and family and embark on a culinary adventure at Bastian!

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