The 8 Best Restaurants in Goa
Goa's culinary scene is brimming with eateries that offer tasty renditions of local as well as international cuisines. For those dazzled by the huge number of impressive restaurants in Goa, here is picking best of the very best. Your quick guide to experiences that would not be anything less than drool-worthy. If you have landed in Goa for a short trip, head to these five restaurants to sample a few of the gastronomic experiences this gorgeous state has to offer.
1. Teso on the Waterfront
This gorgeous restaurant has a picturesque setting on the waterfront of the Chapora River in Siolim Village. The pretty cabanas on its river-facing wooden deck are perfect for sundowners and moonlit dinners. The menu is very Mediterranean with dishes like batter-fried olives, the Teso arrotolato (steam rolled salmon fillet stuffed with herby mash potatoes in a leek sauce) and grilled red snapper with roasted red bell pepper sauce. Teso transforms into a lively club during the winter months, when it hosts regular gigs by DJs and musicians.
2. House of Lloyds
House of Lloyds began as a hole in the wall garage on Calangute that gained fame for its lip-smacking grills and barbecues. This spacious second outlet is located inside the owner's Portuguese-style house, and comprises of a bar, restaurant, open grill and dance floor. Which pair well with the restaurant's signature starters like stuffed crab, Goan roast pork and apple salad, and the date and walnut bacon roll.
Perched on the edge of Morjim Beach, Sublime is famous for its innovative fusion cuisine. Expect creatively presented and quirky combinations which taste as good as they sound: yellow fin tuna bhel with tropical fruit salsa; sun dried tomato and kaffir lime leaf risotto with calamari, asparagus, tomato confit and coriander arioli; and filo pastry bon-bons with chocolate sauce, ice cream and almonds. The casual vibe and picture-perfect sea views compliment the fine dining. Sublime has a special, kid-friendly menu and homemade ice creams and sorbets.
4. Mum’s Kitchen
Panaji’s Mum’s Kitchen is the ideal place to take a crash course in Goan cuisine. Its menu comprises of traditional recipes, which have been sourced from Hindu, Christian and Portuguese families from all over Goa. There’s a mix of familiar dishes like xacuti, balchao, cafreal, marinated Goan sausages as well as lesser-known gems such as prawn hoonam, uddamethi curry and harem mas. Irrespective of what you order, don’t forget to order the local tipple feni to complete your meal.
5. Lila Café
Located next to the Baga River, this open-air café serves one of the best European-style breakfasts in Goa. Their spread includes breakfast cereals, freshly-baked breads, croissants with fillings, omelettes, cereals, sandwiches, milkshakes, juices, lassi, cakes and desserts. If that isn’t reason enough to get up early, Lila Café also has an extensive lunch menu. Their Swiss-style fried potatoes or rosti, fillet steak, smoked kingfish, Hungarian goulash and pan-fried chicken are all highly recommended.
6. Miguel Arcanjo
He was a culinary wizard, Goa's perhaps India's first executive chef way back in 1925, enthralling the world with his food. And today he has his very own restaurant called Miguel Arcanjo at the Taj Exotica. The restaurant is classy and the chef's perform from an open kitchen and doing justice to a man who carved a niche through his culinary genius. For starters try the simple Bucconcini Salad. But if one checks on the preparation of the Italian cheese (Bucconcini) — small, semi soft, unripened, mild they tend to absorb flavours.
7. Casa Sarita
The silver grey tassels of the beaded antique chandeliers move to the whispers of the air-conditioned draft, the beautiful black and white mosaic on the floor shines in the subdued light, and the old black and white photographs on the wall have a different tale to tell. Start with the Chouris Pao (local spiced pork sausages with Goan bread). Follow up with the Prawn Curry (prawns simmered in coconut and dried red chilli curry). This is signature Casa Sarita preparation and a must order.
8. A Reverie
It is a place for culinary celebration where one can interpret nuances of ingredients used. For example what happens when an accompaniment - mustard, sour cream and mayo is made into a savory ice cream for a main course? It's a blast of flavors and textures conceptualized by Aakritee and Virendra Singh, a dual concept in global cuisine of creativity and good taste. This beautiful multi-leveled restaurant is where one can either drop in for a tapas and a drink, or use the lounge as a pre dinner area for relaxation while the main meal is being prepared.
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