She was a finalist at the Masterchef Australia…and now Sarah Todd has made her base in Goa. At Antares. But her passion for food does not stop here. Let’s take a peek into what she is about in this beautiful earthy paradise.
The restaurant…Antares! Split down three levels, right down to the seaside, the menu is all about the natural use of ingredients. She has fashioned many of the preparations by studying the local preparations and unifying the ingredients to create ‘inspired’ preparations of her own. Take the case of her Ponzu slow cooked lamb croquettes. One is aware that meat croquettes are a hot favorite of the ‘locals’, it’s a Portuguese legacy which has been enhanced over the years. Goans stand in a line every morning outside eateries to have them as elevenses, just before lunch. It is also a popular favorite to nibble on as a snack with their drink. These minced spiced preparations have a flavor to entice the palate. But Sarah perhaps inspired by this preparation has created a different styled croquette from her very own repertoire. Australian style….its pulled lamb, slow cooked over eight hours which forms the filling of this preparation. The puree as garnish and accompaniment adds to its interesting ‘avatar’
The mixes…. Uniquely crafted and spirited. Definitely not the ‘run of the mill’ classics. Linger around come noon to beat the heat, try out their Sunday brunches. This Strawberry basil Margarita definitely packs a punch especially when accompanied by Crystal’s soul stirring music. End that meal with a Captain Expresso. It’s expresso coffee, Kalhua and Captain Morgan at the helm…a sure shot ‘express’ way to lighten those spirits.
The Book….Sarah’s very first print. Simplicity personified. It’s all about nature. Guess it’s proper to say that and ask her, ‘how does your garden grow.’ Right in her restaurant she has ‘nature’s bouquet’, a start up of her own small garden. She is natures ‘natural’ I guess.
Talking about printing….this art entered India through Goa It was a letter to St. Ignatius of Loyola, dated 30 April 1556, Father Gasper Caleza speaks of a ship carrying a printing press setting sail for Abyssinia from Portugal. It was to help the missionaries stationed there. However there were circumstances that prevented this printing press from leaving India. So the operations began in Goa in that very year with the first printing press being established at the Jesuit Saint Paul’s college in Old Goa.
And while Raymond Chandler says that ‘the flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring’, there are many things to savor at Antares