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HELICONIA, JW MARRIOTT GOA: A celebration of Nikkei Cuisine

The newly opened JW Marriott Goa, launches, Heliconia. Set amidst lush greenery, Heliconia is an exquisite dining destination that celebrates the fusion of Peruvian and Japanese culinary traditions to present the globally famed Nikkei Cuisine.


This specialty-dining venue, aptly named after the elegant flower, Heliconia, a flower of Peru, also growing in abundance in Goa, is a celebration of the vibrancy of Peru. Just as the nectar is tucked away in this flower for distinctive birds, Heliconia is tucked away within the foliage of the hotel for discerning diners.

Helming this Nikkei, inspired dining venue is Peruvian chef, Arturo Castro Salazar, a culinary expert of Asian, Modern Asian, Nikkei and Japanese. His exceptional skill in crafting extraordinary dining experiences allows him to create an exceptional menu at Heliconia. Nikkei cuisine blends the delicacy of the Japanese culinary tradition with the strong, vibrant and spicy flavors of Peru. Using fresh and seasonal ingredients, his menu is a harmonious blend between the culinary tradition of Peru and the cooking style of Japan. A style that created a cuisine, with the best of flavors and aromas of the two countries. Guests will have the pleasure of dining on a variety of dishes from Ceviche to Tiradito, from Sushi to Nigiri, from Tacos to grills and from salads to desserts. His signature selections will include creations like Carretillero, Tuna Tataki, Avocado Gunkan, Hamachi Nigiri, Yasai Wrap, Misoyaki, Daikon Noodles, all of which will take center stage on the menu, with other flavourful Nikkei dishes.

Complementing the delightful menu is a vibrant beverage program. Handcrafted cocktails, inspired by the journey of Nikkei cuisine is presented with a flourish by our talented mixologist. Roots, created with the roots of coriander, Full Moon, a secret concoction, Kaizen, a treat curated with lavender and blue pea flower are some of the delicious beverages on offer.

Leading up to this exquisite dining venue is the enchanting ‘Walk of Life’ or a fun buggy ride to the gates of Heliconia. The concept of the décor, designed by famed couturier, Rajdeep Ranawat, is in synergy with the essence of the flower and seeks to bring the outside inside. Inspired by the beautiful views of the venue, the décor depicts the surrounding tropical landscape with a vintage palette to create a warm and luxurious ambience. Heliconia is a seamless blend of modern aesthetics with classic tones making it a sophisticated yet tranquil experience.

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