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A food lover’s guide to eating in Goa

Oct 26, 2017 | 7 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

Carpe diem (literally meaning enjoy the moment), a small, quaint art cafe is a place to discover what others are doing with their dreams. One can enjoy a brilliant cup of coffee or a signature sandwich like the ‘The Meat Eater’s Club’ or a sweet/savory waffle while playing board games stacked up for visitors to use, or walk around and appreciate some lovely artworks adorning the walls!

Address: House No.81/2, Godinho House, Gomes Waddo, Majorda Goa

 

Chef Fernando’s Nostalgia

Nostalgia 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 hand-picked jars, bottles, musical instruments and traditional furniture which speaks volumes about Ferdy’s (as Chef Fernando was lovingly called) love for old ways. 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!

Address: House No.608, Near Our Lady Of Snow Church, Raia, Goa 403720

 

Pentagon

Relax in a shack style restaurant near Majorda beach. A restaurant cum garden pub, Pentagon is tastefully done up with a nice bar section, indoor seating and garden seating area. The place also has live bands playing every day (Oct — May) and every weekend through the rest of the year. Dig into some delicious and fresh seafood along with some yummy Goan chilli sausages!

Address: Majorda Beach Road, Opp. Majorda Beach Resort, Salcete, Goa 403713

 

Black Sheep Bistro

Also known as BSB (locally), is a fusion restaurant that brings Goan flavours to life in world cuisine. 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. BSB offers an interesting menu of cocktails, some great wine and fusion food in a fun and welcoming atmosphere. P.S. The best churros and chocolate sauce we have had till date!!

Address: Swami Vivekanand Road, Next To ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa 403001

 

Master Chef Bakery

A humble bakery for cakes, lovingly hand made Goan sweets, classic French dessert and much more. Must try out their burgers and cheese patties while they last! Locals swear by this home style bakery run by an elderly couple.

Address: Near Convent, Majorda, Goa

 

Martin’s Corner

A local legend that has come a long way from being just a shack with 4 tables to a full fledged fancy restaurant. It has been serving lip-smacking Goan delicacies over the years. 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!

P.S. They serve the best Crabs in Recheado masala and butter garlic!!

Address: Vagator Beach, Opp Football Ground, Llittle Vagator, Anjuna, Goa 403509

 

Sri

A home away from home! Truly a hidden gem, Sri offers an extremely relaxed atmosphere to lounge around all day long on comfortable cushioned sofa beds or conventional tables and chairs in a peaceful environment. You can enjoy reading a book or play with their friendly pets while tucking in a delicious meal, or just some coffee and desserts. To add to the bohemian atmosphere you may be lucky enough to get a musician play some lively tunes. They serve the best rum based chocolate mousse and cold coffee here!

Address: Less than a 5 min walk from Thalassa (the famous Greek restaurant); Vagator Beach,Opp Football Ground, Little Vagator, Anjuna, Goa 403509

 

Baba Au Rhum

Also known as a jungle bar (locally), is an all day cafe and bakery located near the Bamboo Forest on 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 bakery offers delicious and healthy sandwiches, quiches, pastries, french breads, wood-fired oven pizzas, juicy ham-burgers, salads and delectable desserts and coffees.

 

Priyanka Deshpande

Loves to travel and try out different types of food, also one of the co-founders of Authenticook, previously a Corporate Banker!

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