Oct 26, 2017 | 8 Mins
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Packing your bags for Gooooaaaa…? Well here is a list of eating out places you must try and visit!
I have compiled the following list based on my experiences and recommendations by locals I have interacted with during my many visits to Goa! :D
Carpe Diem literally means enjoying the moment and the Carpe Diem Art Cafe is a quaint eatery that serves great coffee and sandwiches like The Meat Eater’s Club. For those with a sweet tooth, try the sweet waffles while whilig away the afternoon playing board games. Don’t forget to take in the lovely local art on the walls around you.
Nostalgia is a proud example of Goa’s rich culture. It was started in the year 2000 by master chef of Goan cuisine Chef Fernando, with a simple aim to keep Goan culture alive through food, art and music. The restaurant is an extension of his ancestral home, adorned with quirky jars, bottles, musical instruments and traditional furniture which speaks volumes about Ferdy’s (as Chef Fernando was lovingly called) love for the 'good old days'. The restaurant is currently run by his wife Margarida (post Ferdy’s untimely death in 2007) and serves some yummy traditional Goan home-style cooked food. Did we mention the place croons to Goan artists every Friday, Saturday & Sunday night!? It’s definitely worth catching a performance!
Relax in a shack style restaurant near Majorda beach. This South Goa staple has been frequented by scores of locals and tourists looking for good seafood. A restaurant cum garden pub, Pentagon is tastefully done up with a nice bar section, indoor seating and a few tables in the garden. The place also has live bands playing every day between October to May and every weekend through the rest of the year. The calamari, golden fried prawns, chilli sausages and fish fingers are popular favourites!
Also known as BSB, The Black Sheep Bistro is a proud proponent of the “farm to table” movement which emphasises local, seasonal, organic produce and ingredients. Located in downtown Panjim in an old Portuguese house, BSB offers a contemporary dining experience for those who want to explore and experiment with their food. The team at the restaurant brings together the best Goan flavours with international twists such as pork poutine, fish cakes and Goan Poee a local bread) served with Goan sausage and chocolate shavings. The restaurant takes particular pride in its cocktails so make sure you order one with your meal.
P.S. This place had the best churros and chocolate sauce we have had till date!
Don’t let the Master Chef’s simple façade fool you into skipping it for a more glitzy bakery. Locals swear by this home-style bakery that is run by an elderly couple. It isn’t uncommon to see residents from nearby homes coming in to pick up fresh bread and treats for their evening snacks. The cheese patties are in great demand so make sure you get one while they last! The cakes and hand-made Goan sweets are my favourite.
Address: Near Convent, Majorda, Goa
A local legend that has come a long way from being just a shack with just four tables to now a full fledged fancy restaurant. Martin’s Corner serves up lip-smacking Goan fare without burning a hole in your pocket. Run by Mrs. Carafina Pereira (wife of late Martin Pereira), Martin’s Corner is a happening place in South Goa with Karaoke nights and to-die-for crab specialities! Sachin Tendulkar frequents the restaurant and swears by the king crab! Our personal favourite is the crab in Recheado masala and butter garlic!
A home away from home, Sri is a hidden gem in Vagator! You can spend a lazy day on comfortable cushioned sofa beds while reading a book or playing with the adorable in-house pets. Take a break from the idling by tucking into hearty meals like Prawn Vindaloo and Garlic Rotis with Mixed Veggies. Make sure you leave some space for the rum-laced chocolate mousse and cold coffee—perfect antidotes to deal with Goa’s warm afternoons.
Address: Less than a 5-minute walk from Thalassa (the famous Greek restaurant); Vagator Beach,Opp Football Ground, Little Vagator, Anjuna, Goa 403509
This all-day cafe and bakery is located near the Bamboo Forest on the Anjuna -Baga backstreet. The cafe is serene, charming and blissfully laid-back. The mood at Baba Au Rhum is always relaxed and friendly with music from across the globe playing softly in the background. The restaurant offers delicious and healthy sandwiches, croissants, wood-fired oven pizzas, juicy burgers, and yummy desserts.
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