The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming, the music is chilled out and eating here feels more like going to have a bite to eat in a friend’s garden. Around the property, there are tiles and seashells embedded into the concrete floor, a detail that Michèle, the owner, did herself. In a beautiful and intimate garden, plants and colourful flowers sprout generously, embellished by wind chimes, colourful table covers and flowers on tables. Past the eating area and up a few steps to the house is where the magic happens; the kitchen. With large doors on either side of the room, the back entrance gives onto the garden, allowing a gentle breeze throughout, carrying the delicious scents of the treats being cooked up throughout the day. The house is surrounded by fields, ensuring a peaceful and quiet visit.
Michèle’s Garden Café also has a little guesthouse with two private and spacious rooms on the first floor of the house and the new and ‘cool’ bamboo cabin which has a tree house look. The upstairs rooms are spacious and airy with beautiful bathrooms, a television, WIFI access and a private balcony. The cabin, with its playful and woodland look, also includes a bathroom.
La Vie en Rose is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, serving a menu of French dishes, but with a twist. Using only fine quality meats and seafood, the café also receives a delivery of fruit and vegetables every morning, ensuring that all ingredients are fresh and of the best standard. The food is delicious and the prices are pleasantly reasonable.
For breakfast, choose from a selection, including Tortilla Espanola and Mushroom, Cheese and Tomato Omelette, French toasts, Croque-monsieur, Hotdog Crêpe Frankfurter, Eggs Benedict, Fresh Fruit Salad, Muesli with fruits, yoghurt and honey and the Combo of either crepes, viennoiseries or English style breakfast. Lunch is served until 6pm, including the salad menu; which they call the Salades Fantaisies; order the Salade Nicoise, Douala, Ceazar, Thai Squid or Verte Only!! To accompany your food, go for one of the seasonal juices or milkshakes (served until 6pm and which start at just 80 Rupees); Mixed Fruit Smoothie, Papaya and Banana Milkshake, Peanut Butter and Banana Milkshake, Cold Coffee with ice cream or from a variety of teas and coffees.
Dinner service starts at 6pm, but does not include salads. For starters, try the French Onion Soup Gratinée, Cannelés au Fromage, Prawns Tempura or Chicken Yakitori. Michèle’s Garden Café has become known for the Quiche Lorraine, Salad Niçoise and Steak au Poivre (Pepper Steak), which are not to be missed. There is also a wine and beer list to accompany dinner. Finally, indulge in one of the café’s delectable homemade desserts, from a mouth watering Coconut Soufflé, Chocolat Fondant, Crepe Suzette, Lemon Cheesecake, Warm Apple Pie with Cream and freshly baked Apple, Strawy or Lemon Tarts.
Michèle is a Normandie native, a French region known for its rich creamy cuisine. Having traveled the world as an air-hostess, she visited many places and upon discovering Goa in the 70s, she fell in love with the place and decided to make this her home. Married with two sons, she lives her passion everyday; to cook. A few years ago Michèle opened a café/restaurant, Michèle’s Garden Café. She is also very passionate about animals and owns 7 dogs and 9 cats, all of them adopted from the streets.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS (www.tripadvisor.com)
“So Pink, so petite, so perfect.”
A couple of years ago I discovered Michele's while staying up the road at the Banyan Soul.(...) Now Michele does breakfast, lunch and dinner and I realised what I'd been missing out on. Recently, along with some friends, I did Brunch - so spanned
two menus. The fare, not surprisingly, matches the evening meals. i.e. GREAT.(...) THEN I went for Christmas Dinner - Oh la la. This lady knows how to cook. (Reviewed 12 January 2013)
“Adorable Café, Some of the best food I've ever had”
This is one of the most underrated little places in Goa, run by the amazing (and pink!) Michele. I first visited when i was in Goa over christmas and then went back when I was travelling in India. The prices are incredibly reasonable considering the food is absolutely to die for - the quiches, steak au poivre, the chicken normandie and the thai beef salad being my favourites. The chocolate fondant is pretty amazing too. Actually getting a bit sad writing about it in my office in SIngapore, need go back to Goa now! (Reviewed 28 January 2013)