Food has always been a big part of our travels. We explore the world to find new and interesting places, but also to experience the local cuisine and mingle with locals who pride themselves on their age-old recipes and secret cooking techniques. We may have visited Goa countless times in the past, but the food has never disappointed. Ranging from traditional Goan to exquisite French and Continental cuisine, Goa has some of the best eateries in all of India.
We spent 8 days in Goa sampling some delicious food in North Goa from cute little beach shacks in Morjim to fancy restaurants in the very hip area of Assagao, Goa. Let the salivation begin!
Burger Factory, Morjim
Located bang on the beach in Morjim is the must-visit joint Burger Factory that promises burgers the size of your face. Burgers range from beef to vegan alongside some delicious cocktails to wash the wholesome meal down. It also has the cutest décor with swing-sets as seats and a panoramic view of the sea.
Must try: Blue cheese, bacon and avocado, Feta, Cheddar, Olive oil, Pulled Pork + Beef, Blackbean, cheddar and corn burgers. Cocktail: Bacon Bloody Mary.
Cost: ₹ ₹
This all-new Bomras is a high-end Burmese restaurant located in Anjuna dishing up some of the best Asian dishes in the area. Dim lighting, dark wood furniture and friendly staff are some welcoming aspects of this new joint that Chef Bawmra Jap has poured his heart and soul into.
Must try: Tiger prawn ceviche, Bomras spicy prawn curry with coconut rice, beef tataki, fish wrapped in banana leaf, chocolate ganache.
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Prana Café, Ashvem
Prana Café is all about the cool surfer vibes and hipster crowd enjoying a hearty breakfast or brunch right across from Ashvem beach. The food (I’ll be honest) was not worth the hype and could do with a bit of love while the smoothies and light-beverages were the only saving grace. We tried the spaghetti Bolognese, fish tacos and chorizo, all of which were average.
Must try: “The vibe”
This unpretentious little riverfront restaurant needs to be highlighted. Upon entering, we were greeted by courteous staff and happy dogs that walked us to our candle-lit table. Apart from their ambiance, the food is simply outstanding with subtle yet distinguishable flavours sure to leave your taste buds yearning for more.
Must try: Tuna teriyaki, Rum steak, Tuna avocado tower and for dessert – Tiramisu.
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No visit to Goa is complete without a meal at Gunpowder. We may have been there close to a dozen times now, but the food has never once wavered, instead only pushed us to try out more from the vast menu. The ambiance is simple, almost noisy with the constant chatter of excited foodies, but the food and drinks make up for any minor hiccup.
Must try: Andhra prawns masala, Kingfish curry, Backwater prawn masala, Kerala beef curry. Dessert: Dark chocolate ganache.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹
Baba Au Rhum
If you’ve been to Goa, you’ve most certainly heard of Baba Au Rhum with its quirky interiors and hipster vibe that is the very charm of this eatery. Don’t let the carefree ambiance fool you, the food is top-quality with the only downside being the slow service and wait time to get your hands on their lip-smacking food. It is very much worth the wait!
Must try: Seafood marinara pizza or any other pizza as they have the best in town, ham, cheese and avocado croissant, Leo special, Hercules burger. Drinks: They have plenty of beer on tap, do try!
After a satisfying meal at Baba, head to Mr. Gelato–Cream Choc just 750 metres away, offering a variety of the most delightful gelatos you’ll ever have the chance to feast upon.
Must try: Dark chocolate and Irish Coffee
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Jamun the hottest new eatery in Assagao is a fine blend of the outstanding flavours of India. Upon entering this purple garden haven, you’ll almost instantly fall in love with all that you see, and we mean literally as the kitchen sits before you enclosed in glass. It may also tempt you to quickly order everything on the menu but your host will steer you to the chef recommendations explaining the fusion of Goan flavours with the ingredients from various states of India.
Must try: Palamuru chicken Kebab, Jamun Butter Chicken, Mutton Ghee roast, Cheese butter naan and Malabar parathas. Cocktails: Jamun Sour, Tamarind Margarita.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹ ₹
Miguel’s – Cocktails & Petiscos, Panjim
Located in the very heart of Fontainhas, Panjim is Miguel’s an art-décor bar that serves exquisite meals made from scratch right in front of you. Here you’ll find experienced chefs whipping up some of the finest foods (ex-Gaggan chef), carefully curated, and taking into account every minute detail so you can experience a creative gastronomical meal at fair prices. It’s not often you can interact with your chef while he prepares a top-class meal right before your eyes, explaining every step as he presents to you a perfectly crafted good-looking meal.
Must try: Chorizo E Batata, Chicken liver Pate, Cavalinha (pickled fish), Gnocchi with braised beef, Roast chicken with jus and potato gratin. Cocktails: Mexicano Punho Luta, Espresso martini.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹ ₹
An old favourite with a new location on the popular strip of Assagao, Sublime is now set in a huge Portuguese house offering comfortable indoor and outdoor seating with warm twinkly lights adding to the warmth of the place. Sublimes menu is eclectic, imaginative and graciously blends formal French culinary styles with flavours from the rest of India and across the world.
Must try: Dynamite prawns, Beef tacos, Goan chorizo encrusted sea bass with potato puree, Asian style beef with wasabi pumpkin mash, demi-glace and red pepper jam. Cocktails: Classic Margarita.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹ ₹
Mum’s Kitchen, Panjim
The award-winning Mum’s Kitchen will always be one of my most-loved restaurants in all of Goa. The food is homely and almost reminds me of the Goan food often prepared at home by my Goan nanny. Over the years, the restaurant has gained mass popularity but never have they once wavered from the original flavours that draw me back each time. A few new dishes were experimented with this time, including the Xacuti chicken which has now become my new favourite at the kitchen.
Must try: Brown Xacuti, Chorizo Poe, Mum’s prawn curry rice, Kombdechem Sukhem, Pork sorpotel, Chicken Cafreal, Bebinca with ice cream.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹
The Fishermans Wharf, Panjim
Set in an Old Portuguese heritage house in a sleepy bylane of Panjim is the popular restaurant widely known across tourist circles. Don’t let its popularity impede the wholesome food they still serve with an equal amount of enthusiasm. We tend to steer clear of the non-Goan options here and head straight for the Chorizo Poe, Prawn chilli fry, Chorizo fried rice, King fish recheado. Cocktails: Classic Margarita.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹
Another gem located in Assago is SEA, an effortlessly chic restaurant serving some new-age coastal delicacies in a homely setting. The ingredients are not just locally sourced but also flown in from other parts of Asia justifying the variety of Indonesian, Vietnamese and Thai dishes on the menu. If you’d like to experiment with your cocktails, the very skilled mixologist will make you the drink of your dreams with a handful of ingredients he swears by.
Must try: Ghee roast black pepper mutton, Kerala Prawn Thoran, Vietnamese Pork Ribs with pickles, Indonesian stir fry prawns with noodles, Pork Penang Curry with egg fried rice, Indonesian beef rendang curry with garlic rice. Cocktails: Butterfly B, GT Origin.
Cost: ₹₹ ₹ ₹
Goa’s culinary trail does not end here, but sadly our time in Goa did and after one week of eating until we could no longer pull the zipper up on our jeans, it was time to say goodbye and save some for the next time.
Note: All the above restaurants have takeaway services available to those who wish to dine-in and steer clear of the crowds (highly recommended). Swiggy and Zomato deliver, but you can simply call the restaurant and arrange for a pickup.
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