Yellow Moon Café

Date: 18th February 2023 | Text & Images: Alia Busheri

Amidst chaotic Calangute there is charming and cozy little café, owned and being run by Chef Donovan Fernandes, who is a graduate from WGSHA, Manipal, along with incredible support from his parents. He always had a fondness for food and a good hand at creating kitchen magic; and made it his profession. 

After spending a few years working as the starting team in a Japanese restaurant in Kuwait, to running a little restaurant in Kodaikanal with his friend, he decided to come back to Goa and start something of his own in his home town. A local family business and brand, this café came into being in the latter part of 2019 and already has frequent visitors and favorite orders. One of the main specialties of this café is the coffee, since Chef Donovan gets international and local coffee beans, grinds them and makes blends himself. They even have the nespresso coffee capsule machine! They’ve got some super snacks like chocolate eclairs, mini cheesecakes, rum balls (which is one of the known favorites), tuna cutlets and pan rolls, to name a few.

The vibe is relaxed and comfortable, you almost forget about all the racket you experienced before walking in. There is always good music, tunes that everyone can relate to while enjoying their goodies, and soft lights. The interiors were designed by him and his sister who is an architect, and has a nice minimal yet wholesome feel. Another specialty is their “second menu” which includes all the delectable, local dishes which are made to order; and has foods like xacuti, caldine, prawn curry and sorpotel (lots of vegetarian options, too). The café even caters to different events and has done so in the form of snack boxes or whole meals. It’s always great to know and delight in something that is authentic, made at home and made with lots of love which is noticeably echoed in their consumables. A must visit for truly great coffee and a happy tummy when in Goa and can be found in Calangute, on the parallel road before the beach.

Author: Planet Goa Team
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