Benaulim has been crying out for a new watering hole for a while and on my latest jaunt back home I was happy to see that we have finally got one.
For those looking for something a little different from the usual beach bar outpost that's most common along this section of the South coast belt, Kudos fills the gap nicely - offering a contemporary space, smoothly done up in dark wood, leather, metallic cushions and back-lit panels, with a textured stone bar and a calming cascading water feature dominating the lower ground floor. Three microbrewery tanks are parked in one corner of the lower level (with plans to start offering locally brewed beer soon) while a wood fire pizza oven is tucked into the diagonal corner.
What I could spy of the top floor (What can I say? The susegad spirit prevented me from actually climbing the stairs) looked spacious and well lit, and on a Saturday evening both levels were buzzing - mainly with a local crowd, which is always encouraging in Goa.
I dropped by for a quick drink and bite with my dad and ended up perched at the bar, where a refreshing white sangria, delicately laced with cloves and other spices, proved a good recommendation by the barman.
Having already had a rather late lunch at the beach earlier that day, we picked on a few bites, including some honey-glazed pepperoni -wrapped prawns which had a punchy sweet and spicy kick and some freshly-baked thin crust pizza - definitely one of the better pizzas I have tasted in Goa.
There were a few inventive additions to the menu - including a Goan chorizo pizza - but I decided to stick with the traditional and picked the pepperoni, saving the chorizo for my main, a "Pork Me!" sizzler (someone was having fun naming the dishes!) which was served with veggies, chips and bakri.
Sadly we were too full to try the dessert sizzlers - but I did see one bubbling brownie topped with ice cream being whisked to a table and was sorely tempted. Will definitely be back to try some next time :)
Anyone else been to Kudos recently? Any other new additions to the Majorda-Colva-Benaulim-Cavelossim stretch I need to try on my next trip? Firefly Goan Bistro & Bar has long been on my must-try list. Definitely need to make it there the next time I am home!
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