You must be ready with the map of all the beaches you plan on exploring. While at it, we thought why not help you make it even more delicious.
Here are some of the best places where you must eat when in Goa!
Souza Lobo, Calangute: Seafood made in the most authentic Goan way, this quintessential seafood restaurant with a killer beach view is sure to buoy your spirits! But with the reputation of being the best, the line gets longer come sunset – so make a reservation.
Chow down the Snapper Tandoori and Fish Carfreal, the Reichado Pomfret or munch on buckets of shrimp. The awesome food, great live music, with the magnificent view makes this the ultimate traveler paradise.
Bomra’s, Candolim: Serving up a deletable Burmese fare is Bomra’s at Candolim – owned and run by Bawmra Jap, a Burmese chef! Once believed to be a secret grove amongst food connoisseurs, it is now quickly gaining a fan following.
Find your place in the romantic yet lounge-like atmosphere and get exotic with Crackling Pork, Pomelo and Pomegranate Salad or the Snapper with Lemon Grass, Chili, Fish sauce steamed to perfection. Also try The Glass Palace Menu, dishes personally recommended by author Amitav Ghosh.
Thalassa, Vagator: Go Greek at Thalassa overlooking the curved bay of Little Vagator Beach. Set up like a traditional Greek taverna with an all white Grecian décor, and exotic food straight from the hands of Mariketty Grana – the owner, it’s an experience you wouldn’t want to miss!
Start with the prawn or chicken Souvlaki with homemade pita bread. Or kleftiko, a traditional lamb stew served with unctuous feta cheese. End the Grecian evening with plates of the deliciously addictive profiterole balls. Unlike a lot of restaurants in Goa, they open everyday including Sundays.
Lila Café, Arpora (near Baga): This laid back pretty café overlooking the Baga creek is where you come to nurse your hangover with their dreamlike German breakfast. Try the Swiss Roesti, apple cinnamon ice cream and the farmer’s omelets.
Their sandwiches made out of fresh, flaky, crisp and buttery croissants are a must try. The homemade jam and the apple pie are to die for. Also check out the lifestyle store inside – run by the owner. Opens only till 5 PM.
J&A Little Italy, Baga – Head over here if you are thinking of a romantic candlelit dinner under the open skies. You will be serenaded with soft lighting, subtle decor with clean lines and simple food yet bursting with flavors.
Your date’s a vegetarian? Try the Zucha Lasagne or the Spinach Ricotta Tortellini in a smoked red sauce. They are happy to serve you half portions too.
Tuscany Gardens, Candolim: Bask in the sun by the lush garden patio with their handmade mozzarella, fresh-baked breads, house-roasted meats, and their famous thin-crust pizzas.
One of the only few restaurants rated by Ospitalità Italiana, it sure is promising. The cocktails come with sufficient alcohol so you know, they keep their patrons well fed and pleasantly buzzed.
Fiesta, Baga – With an eclectic Portuguese décor, (read intricate woodwork, high ceilings and detailed tile work) the ambiance alone is reason to dine at this romantic restaurant. If you see an exceptionally gorgeous woman walking out of the kitchen in a mini skirt, say hello… she is the chef/owner.
Handmade ice cream, lobster with a crust of herbs and baked in wood fired oven, Asiatic honey glazed chicken, goat cheese with waffles, delicious thin crust pizzas, and a stylish (well-heeled crowd) vibe add to the awesomeness.
Brittos, Baga: Started in 1965, it is clearly one of the favorites and oldest restaurants in Goa. They also do things old style – no plastics accepted here but worthy enough to make a quick run to the ATM. They serve Chinese, Indian, and Continental – most importantly, in generous portions. You’ll find them up and running even during off-season.
Bean Me Up, Anjuna: When you think of the beach life, organic food isn’t necessarily something that comes to mind. Bean Me up changes the scene – serving delicious juices, salads and spicy soy drinks.
They also make their own Tofu and Tempeh by sourcing Organic non-GMO Soya beans. Over weekends their sturdy stage under the tree often hosts local and international artists that pass through Goa.
And then there are the beach parties, but that’s for another day.