Ever the pioneer in the hospitality industry, Taj brings a wholly creative and exquisite dining experience to India in the form of Paper Moon, Milan’s legendary restaurant now debuting in our very own sunshine state, Goa. Allow yourself to be pampered by the stellar service and dish after dish of Italian fare as you sit back, take in the stunning view of the 16th-century fort, the sparkling blue waters and gently swaying palm trees.
A feast for your senses Lunch at Paper Moon is a leisurely affair. With authentic, signature offerings like pasta, risotto and tiramisu, the menu is seasonal and focused on fresh produce. For entrées, we began with a delicious carpaccio of tomatoes, goat’s cheese, capers and olives, along with a fresh and tender burrata covering bite-sized cherry tomatoes that are bursting with flavour.
Enjoy a round of drinks while you await the next course – I recommend La Vita In Rosa and a classic like an Aperol spritz. I’m glad that I let my appetite build, because the next course deserved it: a delicately flavoured pesto spaghetti and a hearty, spiced paprika rigatoni stole the show, while the lamb chops were as succulent as I could have imagined. For dessert, we were served an imaginative pineapple ravioli with three fresh flavours of gelato – vanilla, chocolate and hazelnut. However, the true star of the meal – and what I could have eaten for every course – was the classic tiramisu. Airy, fluffy and perfectly flavoured, the layers of coffee and mascarpone in the tiramisu instantly transported me to a café in Italy.
Family-perfect A meal at Paper Moon is perfect for those looking for some quiet time, as well as being spacious enough to accommodate large families looking for a place to just unwind and have an impeccable dining experience. The idea is to eat hearty, authentic Italian fare, let fruity and fresh cocktails whet your appetite, indulge in delectable desserts and then plan the rest of your day to follow in leisure. At Paper Moon, we were reminded of the adage – stop and smell the roses!
Head over to the Taj Fort Aguada for a similar experience – where your only agenda is to slow down, savour the moment and simply relax.
Tarvene is a chocolate and chai fiend who is constantly on the hunt for cute cafes. You can catch her baking some Biscoff cheesecakes or binge-watching Netflix shows. She likes filling up her free time painting, listening to music or going on long drives.