Rakshay Dhariwal opens Goa’s first Mediterranean rooftop restobar

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Inspired by the national drink of Turkey, raki, a liqueur made of twice-distilled grapes and anise, this plush space is the first in the country to serve Raki.
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Raki Goa

Ready for a one-of-a-kind rooftop experience in the capital city of Goa? Good news for all food lovers as the city is welcoming the first and the highest rooftop restobar in Goa.

Located on the 11th floor of The Crescent Hotel, overlooking the Miramar beachfront - Raki Modern Mezze is the city’s first mediterranean rooftop restobar.

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Rakshay Dhariwal from Passcode Hospitality, Chef Rahul Gomes and sisters-in-law duo Sahana Kumar Monserrate and Jennifer Baumgartner Monserrate have joined forces to bring to you the finest modern version of Middle Eastern cuisine at Raki.

 

Inspired by the national drink of Turkey, raki, a liqueur made of twice-distilled grapes and anise, this plush space is the first in the country to serve Raki. The drink raki is also called the lion’s milk because of its cloudy appearance and at Raki it is served as an aperitif.

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“We are extremely delighted to bring to Goa some of the finest Mediterranean delicacies with the launch of Raki. Being one of the most vibrant cities in India, it was only natural for Sahana and I to introduce this cuisine to bridge the gap amongst the pool of other cuisines available in Panjim. The ambience of the restaurant oozes sophistication with palettes that accentuate a wholesome and welcoming vibe,” shared Dhariwal.

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This 55 seater upbeat restobar offers a modern twist to Mediterranean dishes along with their wide variety of cocktails created to showcase the versatility of flavours and colours of Goa.

 

 

Designed by Rahul Gomes, Head Chef at Raki, the menu includes a variety of dishes like Labneh Za’atar, different types of Hummus(especially the Edamame Hummus with Chorizo),  Toum & Harissa, Feta & Okra Gozleme, and the Pides with truffle oil and burrata cheese amongst others. Most of the spices used on this menu are imported from the Middle East to keep the flavours authentic.

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The interiors of Raki are luxurious yet minimalistic, with a play of rose gold and teak wood, accessorized with gray and teal furniture. Raki has been designed by Archizi Design and Alan Machado keeping in mind the feel of a lavish penthouse with a 180 degree view of the Miramar coastline, a sun-roof for a ceiling, an exquisite bar and with indoor dining and bar seating, and outdoor lounge seating.

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“Living in Panjim for the last 7 years, I realized the dearth of good Middle Eastern food, and as the opportunity presented itself, I decided to give the rooftop of our hotel an international feel with modern Mediterranean and easy finger food,” added Sahana.

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