The Gourmand Vegetarian’s Guide To Eating Out In Goa

Navya posted on 13 September

The words ‘vegetarian’ and ‘Goa’ are simply not uttered together in a sentence often enough, no? But this shall stop right now! We’ve put together a list of restaurants that should be in every vegetarian’s Little Black Book when they visit Goa next.

The list includes everything from restaurants that serve meat but do vegetarian dishes spectacularly well to wholly vegan restaurants. 

The Black Sheep Bistro

One of Panjim’s most-loved restaurants, The Black Sheep Bistro has pledged its allegiance to the ‘farm to table’ concept. They are known to experiment with flavours and constantly bring in new dishes to celebrate seasonal produce.

So, among bestsellers like the Pork Chop and Barley and the Red Kismur Fish Fillet, you’ll also see Risotto made without rice, featuring akur bhaji {that’s a lot like asparagus} and crisped up slices of Goan bread. There’s also the Spicy Chocolate Spaghetti and to round it all up, and Chocolate Salami.

Bars

Swami Vivekanand Road, Near ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa

4.5
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Blu Planet Cafe

We love that this vegetarian restaurant {that also offers plenty of vegan options} doesn’t mess around with the ingredients and presents them at their simplest. Drop by in the mornings to slurp up their highly-praised smoothies {try the chocolate avocado}.

As the day goes by, you can sink your teeth into bowls of salads {their goat’s cheese salad is a huge hit} and sandwiches. Don’t leave without wolfing down slices of their divine chocolate cake though.

Cafes

Agonda, Canacona, Goa

4.3
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Cafe Al Fresco By Cantina Bodega

Housed at a stunning Portuguese bungalow {that’s also home to a gallery}, Bodega is another Panjim highlight. Their cafe-style menu is not made up of the regular fare, which is an awesome thing.

Before you place an order, do take a look at the day’s specials. Their Creamy Beet Soup, jalapeno cheese toasties, and Ragi Black Bean Wraps are favourites here. Their cupcakes too are winning.

Cafes

Sunaparanta Centre for the Arts, Altinho, Panjim, Goa

4.4
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Natti’s Natural

Having tied up with local farmers, this restaurant sources the best organic ingredients that Goa has on offer. Their breakfast menu is pretty popular and you can gorge on treats such as Scrambled Tofu with Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes along with veggie omelettes.

When you drop by for lunch, you can order up Mediterranean Tarts and Veggie Burgers.

Cafes

1251, Calangute - Anjuna Road, Opp. Bhumika Temple, Gaunwadi, Anjuna, Goa

4.3
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Wok & Roll

Their Asian fare is popular with locals and tourists. When you settle in, you can start off with nibbling on their line up of delicious condiments that are paired with fresh spinach leaves.

You can then move on to their thinly-wrapped rolls before lapping up the delicious Thai Curry with mushrooms.

Casual Dining

Aguada-Siolim Road, Sinquerim, Aguada Fort Area, Candolim, Goa

4.4
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Baba Au Rhum

Tucked away in a quiet corner in Anjuna, Baba Au Rhum has a huge fan following. The food’s got a touch of French to it and you won’t be short of veggie options. Try the flaky croissants, the Spinach and Feta quiche, along with their freshly-baked pizzas and you’ll go home happy.

Cafes

1054, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa

4.5
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Little World

A hole-in-the-wall cafe, Little World is best known for its masala chai. Pair it with plates of waffles, sandwiches or pancakes and you won’t complain. Brownie points for their top-notch service.

Fast Food Restaurants

Main Road, Palolem Beach Street, Palolem, Canacona, Goa

4.6
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Earthen Oven

Craving some good-old north Indian khana in Goa? Then don’t look beyond Earthern Oven in Candolim. They’ve got all the classics — from the tandooris to the tikkas and whatnot.

Pile your plate high with delicacies like Doodhiya {pumpkin} kebab, Palak aur Anjeer kebab {spinach and figs}, and creamy gravies for maximum satisfaction.

Casual Dining

Acron Place, 283, Fort Aquada Road, Candolim, Bardez, Goa

4.1
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