Rice, seafood, coconut, vegetables, meat, pork and local spices form the main highlights of Goan cuisine. Goa has a tropical climate, and thus the foods are tempered with varied spices and intense flavours. The people of Goa love their staple dish comprising rice and fish curry and you would love them too. Most of their dishes use coconuts, rice, fish, pork, meat and local spices such as kokum. Goa seafood is a raving craze among tourists. Sea food and fish are primarily cooked on the grill or in the tandoori oven and soaked in sauces of curry and masala. The most common fish to be found in Goa is Kingfish of the mackerel variety, along with other types of mackerel, pomfret, tuna, shark.
Spice Traders, Vagator Beach, North Goa
Spice Traders is your chance to satiate your taste buds with the timeless Pan-Asian sensual cuisine while away on an exotic vacation to Goa, the land of sea and sand. Spice Traders takes you on a wonderful sojourn to experience a delectable journey through the epicurean world of seafood, meats and spices. The signature dishes are especially curated by Tanveer Kwatra. A warm candlelight dinner for your anniversary or a warm and special birthday celebrations, Spice Traders knows how to make it special and memorable. It is suitable for every occasion. The staff shall guide you to what suits your palate best. Located by the sea, Spice Traders also host Sunday brunches with a great band. This place serves some awesome drinks. Taste the uncommon drink of berries and sambal along with exotic dishes such as tofu krapao and Thai hot basil with steamed rice, Gomae, black corn salad in chili in sesame dressing, Hanoi Hannah sushi tempered with asparagus and sweet corn and Ma po tofu with shiitake mushroom cooked in a spicy bean sauce and Tom kha soup are some delectable worth trying dishes here. This distinguished restaurant is located in Vagator Beach in North Goa.
The Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji, Goa
This restaurant located in Panaji has some spectacular food options that are a mix of the best of Oriental and Western. The place is classy, cosy, neat and clean and looks inviting. Indian flavours with a blend of local spices dominate most of the dishes making them really spectacular. The roasted ribs have an uncalled for taste and are a clear standout. Some other dishes that deserve mention are beet salad, mushroom quiche, pulled pork, crispy prawns, Malwani Chicken Stroganoff, fish cakes, Penne Seafood, chocolate lava cake. Drinks have their own story with unique blends such as Kokum Feni and coriander infused gin. Here you are in the hands of some expert bartenders to do justice to some really good mocktails.
Copperleaf can be termed as one of the best Goan thali places. The food servings are in excellent quantity and serves authentic Goan curries. Rice and Goan curry in a Red Snapper thali can blow away your senses. Prawn curry served here is equally delectable. The quality and quantity matches the reasonable prices in a good way that leaves the customers feel happy and satiated. The dishes are superbly enthused with local Goan flavours. The kind and attentive staff makes eating a delightful experience.
Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen
Chef Soumyen’s Kitchen at Calangute in known for its consistently excellent churning of a varied array of delectable dishes. The melt-in-the-mouth fillet steak and delicious soup with gorgeous chocolate mousse that is Cointreau flavoured to go as a dessert will make a meal delicious. It is a place that one would love to visit again and again in a delightful Goa vacation. The dishes are reasonably priced and they have a wide and very good choice of menu. The continental fare is something to look forward to here.
Go With The Flow
Go With The Flow at Baga has some awesome collection of wines and Dom Pedros. The egg plant with ricotta along with some tasty wine has been recommended. It has a fine food and service and is a place known for international and fusion food. The ambience is absolutely brilliant which makes eating here a very pleasant experience. Momo and cauliflower popcorn has been recommended for vegan and even for non-vegan food eaters.
Sea Breeze on the Agonda Beach is a hot favourite among tourists on account of the unique combination of lip-smacking food and sea view. Here, you would get Indian, Chinese, continental, Italian, Tandoor all under one roof that makes the day time meals very enjoyable along with a beautiful sea view. This eatery is very suited for a romantic candle light dinner at night on the beach. It is in fact a perfect destination for both family and couples.
Pousada by the Beach
Pousada by the Beach in Calangute will lift your spirits with its delicious lobsters, prawns, and Pina Coladas. The property is sea or beach facing with a garden restaurant and bar. Pousada by the Beach is located at the end of Holiday street at Gaura Vaddo Calangute. The approach is scenic with the beach, through a couple of shacks, a green patch, a few fishing boats and a gate flanked by two terracotta saluting Portuguese soldiers who welcome you. The property also offers Sun Bed along with an umbrella for a charge for relaxing for a day use in case the sun is too hot. The charges can be adjusted towards consumption of food or drinks. The place is complete with facilities such as shower, changing rooms and toilets. The place is a tad expensive compared to other good eating places in the vicinity.
Fire & Ice
The delicious starters and the pasta in good sized servings and a friendly staff make this place warmly inviting for guests from far and near. Cauliflower cheese, Fire and Ice special steak, lush curries and garlic naan is not be missed, reasonably priced food and polite and attentive staff make your visit worthy.
Ourem in Palolem is a hidden gem. It has beautiful setting. It is quiet and clean with relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, high quality food with great sizes of portions. The menu is truly innovative and guests are bowled over by the culinary magic all around! The menu is creative and they super fresh dishes. The calamari stuffed with Goan sausage and the chocolate fondant, mussels and chicken pate, pan fried duck breast and beef fillet steak, sautéed potatoes and Gorgonzola sauce can be the specific highlights.
Mandala Café is ideal for breakfast, located in Agonda! It has delicious food with lots of vegan and veggie options and an amazing coffee to go with it. The tea, the smoothie bowls, the feel-at-home ambiance, innovative menu, charming as well as café style restaurant serves the best breakfast experience of the locality. The heathy and colourful choices, including dishes such as sweet pancake with strawberries, bananas with Nutella and delicious peanut butter on the side and the best cappuccinos in the locality will make your meal feel special.