Antares shines bright on the hills of Vagator

Launched this November 2015, ANTARES by Sarah Todd is still the hottest new destination in Goa. Antares, named after Sarah’s zodiac sign, is the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation. Located on the stunning Vagator Beach, Antares is an avant garde restaurant and beach club. Renowned restaurateur Ashish Kapur of the The Wine Company, Dimsum Bros. and Yo! China has collaborated with Australian Masterchef finalist, Sarah Todd to put together this architectural showpiece with awe inspiring views of the sea.

Overlooking the mesmerizing waters of the Indian Ocean, Antares was designed by Ashish Kapur and Sarah Todd. Just like the menu, the interiors have also been given a very earthy and contemporary feel with the usage of wooden furniture against the cool grey walls in the restaurant and bar. The restaurant also has a stunning installation of LED lights showing the constellation of Scorpius. The cozy villas are set beautifully overlooking the infinity pool while the Beach club makes for a stunning location against the pink skies at sunset.

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Antares presents itself as a seafood haven with exotic dishes like Tempura prawns, Charcoal grilled red snapper and the Clam linguini to name a few. Vegetarians have a lot in store from the Grilled field mushrooms to the delicious Potato gnocchi with truffle béchamel and Roasted pumpkin smoked paprika. Meat lovers can enjoy the Antares special pizzas with Kheema, Lamb Roast, Mutton or Pork. The perfect end to the meal would be Chef Todd’s special and deliciously filling Dessert platter or the light and airy Australian Smashed Pavlova.

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Now in its second season Sarah has introduces Surf & Turf Nights. Surf & Turf is all about taking produce from the sea (Surf) and pairing it will an element from the land (Turf).  It’s probably one of the most famous Australian dishes that you will find on almost every menu in Australia.  Sarah has created some great veg and non veg options to suit every pallet. This menu is all about the Aussie barbeque.  Sarah tell us “I have been truly inspired by the local produce and have created an entirely new grill section that incorporates yummy marinades and great produce.”  She goes onto say “I loved exploring Goa while filming “Serve It like Sarah” and have incorporated local ingredients to make a tasty new Crab Xacuti – Sarah style with a little spin and also added new additions with the local bread poi, a coconut rice using the delicious local goan rice, a kokum and coconut chutney and also a must try, our new Kokum Margarita!”

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Accompanying these delicacies are the splendid concoctions. The freshness of these fruity cocktails leaves you asking for more. The bar has a variety of specials from classics like Kiwi Blueberry Mojito to drinks like the exotic Coconut sorbet champagne float that is a blend of sparkling wine with made in house coconut sorbet.  What’s more this season they have added some great new cocktails that come with a bit of theatre.  Candy Floss Martini #fluffednotstirred that is a little science experiment for the guest to create – a must try.  Along with a beef Mojito, yes you heard it right and a Krack Your Coconut – lots of fresh new additions.

Chef Sarah Todd says, “It feels like a dream to have my own restaurant so soon after my journey in Masterchef. This being my first venture, I was certain that the quality of the food was of utmost importance for which we have collaborated with the country’s most ethical and sustainable growers to source ingredients that results in delicious organic and pesticide free produce. The cuisine is going to be simple with fresh ingredients, exotic flavours, classic cooking techniques and an injection of flavour through a charcoal grill, as this is a key part of Australian cuisine.”

Ashish Kapur, founder and co-partner at Moods Hospitality says, “We wanted to give guests at Antares a reason to stay through the day – the beach club with lounge beds and all day snacks make it the perfect location to spend the day with the action moving to the fine-dining restaurant set atop the cliff in the evening, that is perfect to enjoy the sunset accompanied by exotic cocktails, music and dinner”.

Antares consists of a Day Bar, a 250-seat Modern Australian restaurant, 13 Villas, an infinity Pool, the Beach Club and a Store.  What’s more they have introduced several entertainment nights such as the hugely popular Thursday Socials with the best bands of Goa and amazing sangrias from Myra Wines. Freaky Fridays with dancers, Socialite Saturdays with an all new cocktail night and last by not least Sparkling Sunday Brunch with unlimited champagne and food.  There are also live performances at sunset on Friday and Saturday.  What more can any guest ask for.

Happy Reading!

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Gigi Martin

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