Normally, Goa is all about beaches, romance, group holidays (thanks to Dil Chahta Hai), but it also has more to offer, namely, great eateries and yummy grub. They obviously have the best seafood spots, but there’s also a lot more to offer. Which is why we decided to put a list together for all the hardcore foodies in Goa.
When In Goa, These Are The 9 Restaurants Every Foodie Must Hit Up
This place has a lot more to offer other than just the view of the sea, like their stuffed mushroom, seafood platter and Tagetalli pasta. They have limited option in mocktails, and you should either have their alcohol or the fresh lime soda if you’re trying to survive the heat. To make your meal experience more delicious, finish your meal with their tiramisu, which is a personal favourite. Important Note: They don’t accept cards!! So, make sure you carry cash.
This place has a Goan charm to it with authentic Goan music playing in the background and a live music counter. It is a multicuisine restaurant, which is why you’d find everything from Goan to North Indian to Chinese and Italian food. If you are vegetarian then you should try the butter garlic mushroom and in non-veg, you can have the Goan masala fried prawns or squids. Their caramel custard is a must-have.
As the name suggests, this place is every seafood lovers paradise. I would recommend you to go early to this place so that you get a place to sit, otherwise, you will have to wait for another 1 hour. This place offers the best fish thali and, trust me, you’d be left wanting more. Vegetarians, don’t be disappointed, they do also serve some great veg food.
Fisherman's Wharf in Panjim
The location of the eatery is great with nice and cozy indoor and outdoor seating. An old Portuguese house has been converted into the restaurant. Now coming to the food, it is one of the best places for seafood and they serve delicious Goan cuisine here. End your lunch with the Goan dessert called Bebinca, which is delicious.
This place came out to be a true hidden gem in Goa. Saraya gives you a lot of variety of vegetarian fresh wood-fired pizzas. The idea of adding arugula (salad rocket) and feta on a pizza is awesome and we were left awestruck. What’s most amazing about them is that you can carry and have our own liquor here. You must have Saraya’s special pizza and the three cheese pizza. The pizzas are served on a leaf plate, and they grow their own vegetables and herbs, so the pizzas are made using homegrown ingredients.
Equally popular as the first outlet in Taleigao, this cosy and inviting, resto-bar, known for its flavourful food and innovative cocktails, beckons you immediately. The décor is chic and pleasing to the eye. The outdoor seating area with its aesthetic ambience, is certainly a draw. The Portuguese Goan food, with authentic flavours, but presented in a modern avatar, is what sets this restaurant apart. Yet, the other Indian dishes here, are equally a treat for the palate. You can relish your favourite Goan prawns curry, Prawns Balchao and even a galouti kabab and Calypso chicken.
The Cape Goa
Perched on a cliff, offering a breath-taking view of the ocean, is The Cape Goa. Famed for its food, apart from the spectacular ambience, the food offerings here are varied. A mix of traditional Goan dishes with local seafood, Tandoor dishes, Biryanis and a good selection of global favourites, is what you can expect. The menu includes vegetarian and vegan options too. From a Smoked Salmon to a Cheddar Omelette and a Kingfish curry to a Paneer Butter Masala, you can enjoy them all.
Trails of Taste
If lip-smacking, traditional Telugu food is what your adventurous palate is ready to try, head straight to the restaurant which opened in 2020, but has already scaled popularity charts, owing to its food. Chepala, Pulusu, Gongura Pachadi, Karampodi Dosa, Mutton Dum Biryani, are some of the sought after dishes and the spacious and clean interiors, add to the dining experience. High on aroma, flavours and quality, the food is sure to tantalize your taste buds.
A scenic café shrouded in greenery, exuding a relaxed and fun vibe, Prana Café, is a popular dining hotspot and hangout place, for locals and tourists alike. The food is undoubtedly the draw. The Chicken Katsu, BBQ pulled Pork, Braised eggplant shitake bowl, Nasi Goreng, are dishes, one must try to satiate one’s taste buds. Chef Nair’s breakfast menu is a treat you can’ miss. The food is Instagram-worthy and equally high on flavours too.
With inputs from Mini Riberio.