Hidden Gourmet | Patnem
Like all special places in Goa, Hidden Gourmet in Patnem is not the easiest to find. It is tucked away at the northern end of Patnem’s soft sands. To get there you need to take a sinuous path off the beach which weaves behind Magic View Restaurant, family homes including a traverse of someone’s patio.
When you arrive at the Hidden Gourmet, you find something beautiful, an expansive terrace with an exquisite view on the beach. Sitting on the terrace away from the beachside bustle and sipping on a cocktail or fresh juice involuntary induces a sense of calm as the sound of waves gently clatter on the black glistening rocks just metres away.
The current proprietor Petar has been working at the Hidden Gourmet with it’s previous owner Patrick, a Swiss-trained sous-chef, for the last four seasons. This year he has been handed the reins. Petar, who met Patrick in Switzerland, is committed to his guests, and since opening at the end of November he has been fine-tuning the kitchen and coaching his staff. It is evident he wants his guests not just to enjoy the stay but have a great experience.