Continuing the founders' culinary vision of offering fresh and authentic Mexican American cuisine, Habanero has opened its doors in the heart of the action in Baga.
Set in a spacious garden-style venue, the place comes alive through the day and peaks every night as the ambient and mood lighting enhance the interiors, the graffiti and vertical planters in the periphery. Featuring both indoor and outdoor dining areas under lush canopy, guests can choose to unwind on picnic tables, or sit in a more private space on the balcony overlooking the garden.
Along with a central open bar, a performance stage and the brewery in the background, Habanero has a lot to offer as the Goan experience.
Habanero brings a sense of freshness to its food. All the ingredients used in the sauces at Habanero are either sourced locally or imported.
The Habanero Goa menu includes everything we in India have come to love about Tex-Mex cuisine like nachos, quesadillas, fajitas, burritos and enchiladas. Choose from amongst seafood, meat and vegetarian options. The menu also has a kids' section with smaller bites like burger sliders and an India-Mex section for those who prefer tastes from closer to home.
You can also choose from a wide variety of light bites like the Holy Guacamole, which is made fresh at your table and served with homemade 100% corn chips. The handmade Jalapeno Poppers, or the Macho Nachos that come in mini or ‘macho’ sizes, are other light favourites. For other tasty options, you could try the Habanero Fiesta Salad, which is accompanied by cheese Quesadilla triangles, or the Mexican Burger. You may also choose to customise your whole meal from their special 'Build Your Own' menu.
THE BAR & BREWERY
Habanero features two lively bars serving a plethora of Mexican inspired concoctions, topped by an expert arsonist bartender. Sip on signature cocktails like the Amaretto flavoured Rock Lobster, the signature beer based margarita - Beeritas, and the El Chingon Pomegranate Margarita, to begin with. Or, drink up any of the beer and cocktail pitchers available. The highlight, however, is Goa's first microbrewery, launching in April 2017.
In keeping the entertainment alive, Habanero has events lined up through the week. Listen to retro and contemporary Bollywood on Wednesday nights. Every Friday, Chilli Vibes nights celebrates the best Goan live music acts. Eat your heart out on Sunday during Fiesta de Brunch, while enjoying sweet sounds by Goa's well known songstress, Joanne Fernandes.
Habanero's Goa outlet is a franchise owned by a brother-sister duo - Rohan Ghotage and Pooja Ghotage. Their first venture into the food and beverage industry, this opportunity chanced upon them via alumni forums on social media. They too share similar interests with Habanero's founders who wanted to fill a void in the local market.
Rohan is an electronics engineer and holds a MBA. He is a serial entrepreneur who founded Reliserve, a company that provides logistics and supply chain solutions to the international trade community. Pooja is an electronics engineer too, who, prior to this, has had stints with Deloitte as a consultant, and headed the Marketing Department at a Bombay based startup called Super.