There is no blue like the Greek blue… this Greek blue and peaceful white drew us to Boardwalk.
Perched on the waterfront near Mandwa jetty, this place screams romance and solitude at the same time. The whites and the blues, the salt sprays and the gush of the wind, the pebbled floor and the sunshade are what one should visit Boardwalk for!
There is an indoor section as well, but frankly, why would you want to choose it! Getting here is fairly simple. Just hop on to one of the many ferries from Gateway and cover a short distance on foot after you alight at Mandwa jetty. The effort is totally worth it.
We went here for the Sundowner and were mesmerised by the tranquil blues and the perfect sunset! What more does one need!
The food here is good too, but we did not really try much.
Fiama: Thin crust pizza with lots of chilli flakes, onions and cheese. It was well made and scrumptious.
Amritsari Chole with Kulcha: Chole ki sabzi was really yummy and very mildly spicy. Kulcha was basically aloo paratha, got and butter laden. The tamarind chutney that is served with the dish is definitely worth trying as well. Tangy and sweet, totally loved it. The quantity is just decent, with one Kulcha served. You can call for different types of Indian bread (parathas) as an addition.
From the mocktails we enjoyed Fresh Fruit Margarita – Strawberry wich was perfect, just the right amount of sweet and the salt adding a punch!
Shirley Temple is a ginger, mint and orange based fizzy mocktail. Refreshing. Ginger stole the show with the lime wedges adding to the citrusy flavour. This one was my favourite.
We also had Virgin Caprioska and Fresh Lime Soda.
The best time to visit the place is around late afternoon, right about when the sun is not too bright and it is not already evening. You get to watch the sunset!
However, the time for which one can occupy a table here is limited. The management does ask you to get up once you have really surpassed your booking time. The place is generally fully booked, with large and small groups and couples alike. They also have sheesha which is another crowd puller. There is generally one or the other group celebrating an occasion by the evening, so the crowd is quirky and fun. A nuisance if you care, so rather let it drown in the sea as you enjoy your time here.
Overall Experience: Amazing. Being water people, the setting was perfect. Loved every bit of our time here.
The food is good, but on the pricier side. Our bill came to ₹2000 (two people).
Now you ask why 😐 for service? Read on, every coin has two sides. Only wish it were not true for this place!
Everything that is wrong about Boardwalk: The management is notoriously arrogant. It is a pain trying to get a table here. We had to call them continuously for 10-12 days and leave multiple texts to finally get through to them.
Another issue is the total lack of any consideration or hospitality on the part of the management. After making a booking almost a month in advance, they do not ensure that we get a flawless experience. Our table was near the edge, right next to the beach, and people kept flogging all three tables by this side for pictures. They would climb up the wall and pose endlessly, totally ruining our experience, while the management stood there doing nothing, saying nothing. Only when another couple raised their voice against this did the management ask people to vacate the area. The manager got into a tiff with around 5 customers in a span of three hours, which just goes on to show how irresponsible and uncourteous the management is. Thankfully, our servers were good.
Also, we were overcharged for our mocktails. They charged the cocktail prices for them and refused to accept that the prices are different for virgin drinks.
The only reason we would go back for would be the ambience and the view. The feeling of being far away in a beautiful place. If you ignore everything else, then you will definitely come back feeling refreshed and happy.
The Battle: I think I have said it enough number of times already 🙂