“Makutsu, which translates to ‘den of thieves,’ is around the corner from Antonio’s @ 31, chef Pablo Miranda’s hugely popular first Panjim restaurant,” writes Roshni Bajaj-Sanghvi in her review for CNT. “If Antonio put 31 January Road in Fontainhas on the culinary map of India, Makutsu reaffirms it. If Antonio’s fun and friendly vibe transports guests to Lisbon, then dark, edgy and sexy Makutsu takes us to the izakayas of Kyoto’s Gion geisha district, or the four-seater bars of the alleyway network of Golden Gay from Shinjuku. Minimalist, pale, square wooden chairs and tables sit under single-light metal lamps that make the food beautiful and the people cinematic. Harvested edible seaweed, sourced from Gabriella D’Cruz, founder of conservation consultancy The Good Ocean, is just one element of surprise in a series of simple and stunning plates from Miranda’s Makutsu menu. Every other page is devoted to yakitori: Japanese for lightly marinated skewered chunks of meat and vegetables on short sticks of kushi and grilled over charcoal over a hibachi (Japanese for “bowl of fire”). Goan’s beloved beef tongue and pink center slices of duck are deliciously cooked, lush and supremely satisfying. Vegetarians have eight options that are treated with equal affection. More here.
Elephant & Co., Anjuna
Elephant & Co. is founded by Karan Khilnani, Anuj Solanki and Karan Kulkarni. The Goan outpost of Pune’s gastropub aims to be a friendly neighborhood bar offering cocktails alongside everything from all-day breakfast to finger foods like mushroom and cheese rissois and sausage fries of pork, and large plates such as king mackerel in a herb crust with choriz risotto. Instagram.
Chefs Maia Laifungbam and Vedro of the soon-to-open Sanchit Bahl will showcase Indian flavors in their “eccentric cuisine”. It is due to open on April 13. With tropical-inspired decor by Susanne Khan, it’s the liveliest opening of the season. Review this week!