Restaurant Review: Antares Restaurant & Beach Club
On our penultimate night in Chapora – a small town a short drive away from Anjuna – we took the bike to little Vagator and enjoyed cocktail-tasting at Antares Restaurant & Beach Club. With a unique fusion of house beats and a live hindi singer blaring out from inside, we could not resist the attraction of checking this place out. And boy did we not regret it!
Outside Antares Restaurant & Beach Club
There are several street food stalls outside of Antares Restaurant & Beach Club – to which we enjoyed some vegetable momos to save on food costs inside. – and to the right of the entrance is another restaurant called Thallasa which a lot of people we met in the area mentioned but to be honest I didn’t rate it that much. – It felt more like a place of expensive dining rather than a place to hang out, which wasn’t what we were looking for I guess. –
Inside Antares Restaurant & Beach Club
Upon entering someone at the door takes you to your chosen table, we asked for sea views and that’s exactly what we got. It’s pretty much all outside, the wooden beams adorned with fairy lights and beautiful white fabrics draped down from them.
As I mentioned earlier I was pleasantly surprised to see that the music we heard from outside was live. There was a DJ pumping out house beats while a hindi singer ad-libbed over it. It was seriously impressive!
Cocktails at Antares Restaurant & Beach Club
As it was date night we decided to spend a little bit more than our usual daily budget – but saved costs on food by munching on momos from the street food stalls outside. Smart 😉 – We had 6 cocktails in total, 3 each. And really, that was more than enough! I definitely left feeling jolly.
Cocktails were about 425 rupees each, but we thought that was incredibly reasonable given the atmosphere and location. Sea views, live music, friendly staff… #Winning.
There were two types of cocktails on the menu, regular and “showy cocktails”. Obviously, we went for the latter. The price difference was not that much and the novelty of showy cocktails on date night was very appealing.
His & Her Drinks
He ordered – Kokum Margarita
An Indian twist to a Mexican classic. A Kokum is a berry full of antioxidants and many health benefits. Any drink that promotes good health is a tick on our checklist 😛
She ordered – Crack My Coconut!
I’m sure you can all guess that this drink came in a coconut shell! Wonderfully creamy and strong in flavour, it was a treat!
He ordered – Kiwi Mojito
Subtle and refreshing but not very strong. If you are looking for a light cocktail with a fruity tang than this is the one for you.
She ordered – Passion Fruit Pani Puri
This cocktail was SO much fun! It was a cocktail twist to a very well known Indian street food.
A Pani Puri is an Indian street food that consists of a fried hollow ball (puri) that you break a hole in with your thumb then fill it with a spiced water (pani, meaning water). On the street they fill the puri with some vegetable pieces dip it in water and you eat it whole for a beautifully refreshing bite-sized snack!
Check out my instagram post to see how this drink went down!
Not gonna lie, I was feeling the drink at this point and I completely forgot to take pictures of our cocktails but I will do my best to describe them for you. Sorry!
He ordered – Goan Mule
An Indian twist to Brad’s favourite cocktail! Served in a beautiful brass cup and garnished with an orange. Tangy, strong and super refreshing.
She ordered – Mango Chilli Martini
Fruity and refreshing with a little kick! Served in a martini glass and garnished with mango peel and a small red chilli. I actually put the chilli in my drink, for an extra punch.
So if you are ever around Anjuna and fancy a fancy night this is the place to go!
CHEERS TO THAT x