No Money, No Problem: A Broke Person's Guide To Scoring Food For Under INR 500 In North Goa

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A trip to Goa means plenty of food and booze {for most, at least}. With a plethora of options around it can also become pretty expensive to eat all your meals out. So here are a few places that serve meals under INR 500, and in some cases, the meal will include a beer too.


Starlight in Arpora is where you head to for a great Goan Thali or just authentic Goan food. Their thali starts at INR 180 and upwards, for vegetarian, seafood or meat variants and comes with multiple options. The seafood thali {which we can vouch for} comes with delicious tisryo, fried fish, rice, chapatis, a vegetable, salad and more. A beer here costs about INR 80, so head here for a hearty meal, while watching the world go by as you sit comfy in the verandah of the restaurant.


Colors restaurant is another great option tucked away in the village of Saligao, just off the main Chogm Road. Open throughout the day, this restaurant has a full fledged bar too, and a small bakery attached to it that serves all kinds of savoury and sweet items {patties, cakes, cookies and whatnot}. The restaurant itself does decent Goan food, including a thali. But if you want a change in your menu, then they even serve popular North Indian dishes such as butter chicken, naans, dals, etc. at affordable prices, so happily eat away.


Cremeux is a popular bakery chain across Goa, but it is their outlet in Panjim where you head to for a more extensive menu without burning a hole in your pocket. And unlike their other outlets, they also have a bar here. On the menu here are salads, pizzas, pastas, French baguettes, and more. In-house gelato, desserts and other popular bakery items are on offer for when you want something sweet, and be rest assured that a hearty meal here won’t cost you more than INR 500.

Vinayak Bar & Restaurant

Located in a quiet by lane of Assagaon overlooking some fields, Vinayak Bar 7 Restaurant offers a great thali as well as other Goan specialties. Not to mention, the bar that is fully stocked, and is always crowded. Gorge on some tasty seafood delicacies here and don’t break the bank. Sounds good, right?


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