Besides its pristine beaches, Goa is also known for its dining scene that lures patrons from far and wide to sample its delish food. From sophisticated fine dining establishments to specialty restaurants and from casual eateries to quintessential beach shacks, there's no denying the fact that Goa is a true Mecca for foodies. So whether you are a local or planning to visit the beach capital on a holiday, here's a little list of open restaurants that will come in handy when you decide to go on a gastronomic exploration around town.
With its signature color scheme featuring dreamy hues of purple and pretty bougainvillea blooms adorned walls, Jamun is an elegant eatery in North Goa that is quite popular for its Nouveau Indian cuisine. From uniquely prepared Indian fare that celebrates regional diversity to gorgeously done interiors, everything about this place oozes class and sophistication. Their stellar menu caries quite a few Goan preparations fused with recipes from across Indian states that are absolutely worth trying.
Must-haves: Stuffed Squids, Pork Chili Fry with Goan Chorizo, Crab Xec Xec, Prawn Pulao, Patrani Macchi, and Ker Sangri Koftas.
Cost for two: ₹ 1800
Set in an old heritage home in the heart of Panjim, The Fisherman’s Wharf captures the true spirit of Goa through its vintage interiors and mouth-watering food. This dining destination is popular for its lip-smacking Goan spread along with an extensive selection of well-prepared global delicacies. Their seafood preparations are simply exquisite and definitely worth sampling.
Must-haves: Fish Amritsari, Sea Devil, Chorizo Poi, Crumb-Fried Mussels, Lobster Thermidor, Goan Chicken Cafreal, and ‘Fresh Catch Of The Day’ Preparation.
Cost for two: ₹ 1100
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Spice Goa has been serving fresh seafood and authentic Goan cuisine since 2000. The fish is still handpicked every morning and masalas are homemade. From earning the title of #BestSeafood Restaurant at The Times Food Award to being awarded the Certificate Of Excellence, it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of Goans. Serving what can easily be described as the best Fish Thali in Goa, Spice Goa's this famed preparation consists of the day's fresh catch fried to perfection, shellfish, fish curry, and locally grown organic vegetables.
Must-haves: Goan Fish Thali, Butter Garlic Lobster, Malwani Pomfret, and Rawa Fry Squids.
Cost for two: ₹ 700
Salt Water at The Park plays host to inspired continental preparations with a flavor of Goa. This place is all about indulging the gastronomic desires of the patrons, which is quite evident with their extensive selection. For the fans of Seafood lovers, a must-try option is their 'Kokan Fish Bento Box' that pays homage to the quintessential 'Fish Thali' that Goa is so famous for.
Must-haves: Kokan Fish Bento Box, Caldinho Goan Chicken Stew, Goan Chorizo, Bebinca.
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
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Nestled at the Fern Kadamba on the plateau lies Cafe Tinto. This restaurant holds the legacy of serving its patrons with a multitude of gastronomic pleasures. From lip-smacking Burgers and pizzas to a full coursed Indian menu, Tinto's ace menu is replete with tasty options that are sure to impress even the most tough to please foodies.
Must-haves: Crispy Noodle Salad, Shrimp and Butter Bean Bisque, Risotto Con Pollo e Olive, and English Mushroom Pie.
Cost for two: ₹ 800
Perched high atop the slopes of Kadamba plateau, Comida at the DoubleTree Hilton offers stellar views of the snaking Mandovi river ahead, making it the perfect tranquil place to sit back and unwind after an eventful day in the city. Coming to their food, their all-encompassing plump menu offers Western, Indian, Asian fare, and the very best of the local produce so in a way, this perfect restaurant has a bit of everything to suit all kinds of varied palates.
Must-haves: Broiled King Fish Steak with Lemon Caper Sauce, Cottage Cheese & Potatoes Steak, Ratatouille Kebabs, Classic Chicken Steak with Shiitake Mushroom Sauce, Crème Brulee Du Jour.
Cost for two: ₹ 1500
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Sala da Pranzo is an Italian-inspired All Day Dining Restaurant that offers varied global preparations, with Italian dominance. The ambiance and atmosphere capture a mix of the contemporary and homely vibrancy of the space consisting of show kitchens, a wood-fired oven, and an organic bar. On their detailed menu you will find hand-picked signature dishes from Taj properties around the world.
Must-haves: Fish & Chips, Chicken Bunny Chow, Grilled Tenderloin Medallions, Vegetable Xacuti, Goan Fish Curry, Pork Vindaloo, Cobb Salad, Gourmet Exotica Burger, Goan Sausage Pav, and Seafood Risotto.
Cost for two: ₹ 2500
Featured on Essence Of Asia's list as a part of Asia's 50 Best Restaurants in 2021, Mum’s Kitchen is the perfect example of gastronomic excellence that represents authenticity, culinary culture, and community focus. The brainchild of a Goan couple, this restaurant offers traditional Goan preparations, recipes of which are passed down from one generation to another as part of family legacy.
Must-haves: Crab Xec-Xec Masala, Sungtachi Kodi, Pork Vindaloo, poi (Goan bread), Mushroom Xacuti, King Prawns, Chorizo Chilly, and Bebinca.
Cost for two: ₹ 2000
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A drink spill away from the sea, Purple MArtini is one of those places that are just perfect for a sundowner with friends. This is a Greek-themed resto-lounge that offers a breathtaking sunset view, exotic drinks, and sumptuous food.
Must-haves: Cheese Fingers, Lemon Butter Garlic Shrimp, Seafood Tandoori Platter, Thai Salad, Roasted Chicken Ravioli, Tuna Burger, Aubergine Caviar, Brownie with Ice Cream, and Nutella Banana Almond Pancake.
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
Set against the crashing waves across the manicured gardens of the W Hotel, Spice Trader's menu offers a delectable spread of preparations that exude comfort with a contemporary twist. One glance at the menu makes it evident that careful thought has been put into food curation with close to 40% of the cuisine catering to the vegetarian palate, so it’s truly a herbivore haven. But meat lovers need not be disheartened as 60% of the menu still offers a great selection of non-veg delicacies.
Must-haves: Blow Torched Salmon, Spicy Tempura Avocado Maki, Chilled Tofu Salad, Tuna Pizza, Truffle Mushroom Dim Sum, Chicken Krapow Bao, Braised Pork Ribs, and Orange Cheesecake.
Cost for two: ₹ 2500
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.
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