Goa’s Best Restaurants: A Guide for the Foodies

We came to Goa for a vacation. Fell in love with the balmy tropical weather, the sun, sand and beach, the slow life, and decided to pack our bags and move here. That’s the one line story for so many all the way from Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Belgium, Germany, France, United Kingdom and many other countries, who have made this beachside state their home, adding to the colourful fabric of Goa, a melting pot of eclectic cultures and cuisines!

Here are some Goa’s best restaurants that you should visit on your next vacation here, savouring cuisines from authentic Italian and Goan all the way to some incredible gourmet freestyle dishes prepared by chefs who’ve worked at Michelin starred restaurants or are famed by Australia’s much loved Master Chef show.

Bon appetit! And as Kafka says, “So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.”

1. Mustard, Goa

Address: 68, Chogm Road, Mae de dues vaddo, Sangolda, Penha de Franca, Goa

This charming restaurant, set in a restored Goan home with a garden in the quiet lanes of sleepy Goa, has married the two seemingly disparate cuisines of Bengali and French through the common ingredient of Mustard.

Each of the two cuisines have a distinct and innovative menu with dishes, each with its own little story, that have traveled from homes of Bengal and France all the way here! Order a drink of your choice, take a seat at the beautifully done up restaurant while aromatic food is prepared in the kitchens of Mustard.

2. The Black Sheep Bistro

Address: Swami Vivekanand Road, Next To ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa

Housed in a century-old Portuguese villa is Black Sheep Bistro, a chic fine dining yet casual restaurant with a menu that’s a creative amalgamation of tastes from across the globe.

Prepared with the freshest of ingredients, the signature dishes are truly a stroke of culinary genius. Try their chicken stuffed Goan chorizo, or tataki with frigate mackerel or masahari-quail eggs with kishmoore butter. Their handcrafted cocktails — cinnamon whiskey, paan and blush shooters — can tempt a teetotaler as well!

3. Sublime, Morjim Goa

Address: Vithaldas Waddo, Morjim Beach Road, Morjim, Goa

With an imaginative menu that’s a fresh blend of Continental cuisine fused with global flavours, this beachside restaurant is where you should be headed for a complete tropical experience with the sun, sand and seafood deliciousness.

Sublime, Goa | Photo Credits: Sublime Goa

With an eclectic choice of ingredients, Christopher Saleem Agha Bee’s Sublime, plates scrumptious food that are both a visual and gustatory delight! From lemongrass martinis to blue cheese stuffed beef, this is one place you’ll keep coming back to.

4. La Plage, Goa

Address: Ashvem Beach, Mandrem, Goa

Bienvenue, to a stylish beach shack French restaurant where you can indulge in a gastronomical French culinary journey! Pick a seafood of your choice and allow the master chefs to serve a succulent dish, presented just as well as prepared. If you’re the type who loves to be killed with sweetness, order the Chocolat thali, a platter of all the chocolate goodness in the world. At La Plage, a favourite amongst the celebs, you’re likely to be star-struck while enjoying your meal!

5. Infantaria, Goa

Address: 5/181, Opp. Ticlo Resort, Near Calangute-Baga Junction, Goa

An old favourite amongst both the locals and the tourists, Infantaria, is where you should be headed for a hearty breakfast, listening to stories about last night as groggy souls chomp away nursing a hangover, or enjoy local Goan dishes if you’re there for lunch or dinner.

For desserts, try the decadent rum balls or bebinca, a traditional Goan layered dessert served with vanilla ice cream. With super cool combos and easy on the pocket priced beer and liquor, this place is always a winner!

6. Fellini, Goa

Address: Socoillo Vaddo, Main Arambol Beach Road, Pernem, Goa

This much loved shack styled Italian joint is the go-to choice for the best Pepperoni pizza in Goa. Despite the run down exteriors, the Italian served here is as good as it gets! Every slice of these wood-fired thin-crust pizzas will be droopy with the weight of generously spread mozzarella and toppings. For sides, try the calzones or one of the well prepared pastas.

7. Antares, Goa

Address: Small Vagator, Ozran Beach, Vagator, Goa 403509

The setting is a stunner. Perched on the cliffs of Vagator, commanding a remarkable view of the Arabian Sea, this is a perfect spot to watch the sunset as you sip on signature cocktails. Set up by Sarah Todd, a Masterchef Australia finalist, Antares offers a limited menu of appetizers and main course dishes. Sarah, is great with charcoal grilled dishes and you mustn’t miss the lobster with wine sauce served with clam pasta.

8. Villa Blanche, Goa

Address: 283, Badem Church Road, Socol Vaddo, Assagao, Goa

Sunlit streets of bucolic Assagaon lead you to this bistro, nestled in the midst of greens under the shade of a parachute and coconut trees. Dream on at this place that’s beautifully set up with mosaic tables and seating areas strewn with cushions.

Pick your favourite dishes from across the different countries of Europe and you’ll find them all here on the menu — mushroom quiches from France, pretzels in white sauce from Germany, Italian lasagne to dessert recipes handed down by grannys! There’s also an in-house bakery where organic multi-grain breads are prepared.

9. Cantare, Goa

Address: Near Calangute Police Station, South of Chogm Road, Siolim, Saligao

Tucked away in the bylanes of Saligao, Cantare, a restaurant that means a song in Italian, is still a bit of a cosy hidden gem. This restaurant, housed in an old mansion, is frequented by the locals when they’d like either put their feet up or let their hair down, exercise their vocal chords and listen to some heart warming Jazz music on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Order drinks and starters and swing away to the music!

10. Gunpowder, Goa

Address: 6, Saunta Vaddo, Near Assagoa Church, Assagoa, Bardez, Goa

Gunpower, Goa

Away from the crowded beach areas of Goa, in the heart of the quiet villages, rests Gunpowder, arguably one of the most lethal eateries in Goa that knocks up fares from across the states of South India. Syrian Christian beef curry with rice, Malabar paranthas, appam and stew, Andhra prawn masala, fish in tamarind curry… we could go on and on. Open through the year, walk in here for a unique South Indian fare coupled with nouveau cocktails!

11. Matsya Freestyle Kitchen, Goa

Address: Temple Road, Arambol, Goa

This fine-dining rooftop restaurant has a constantly changing, creatively designed menu by Chef Gome Gaily. Influenced by French, Mediterranean and Asian cuisines and based on the five elemental systems of favour, you’re in a truly visceral gastronomic experience — from caviar to tatakis.

Just mention your preference for meat/ vegetables and let Chef Gome work his magic. Dinner is by reservation only.

12. Le Poisson Rouge

Address: Survey No.259/2A Opposite Box’s Bridge, Goa

This romantic fine dining restaurant by Baga’s riverside is for the food connoisseurs, those who’d like deliciousness just the way it is in worldwide Michelin starred restaurants.

Set in a beautiful garden spotted with palm tress and candle-lit tables, get ready to relish dishes such as king prawns ravioli in a lemongrass emulsion, red snapper filet, beetroot carpaccio — served artistically right under the starry sky. Reservations recommended.

13. Earthen Oven, Goa

Address: 283, Fort Aguado Road, Acron Place, Candolim, Bardez, Goa

For cuisine from the North-Western frontiers of India, head over to Earthen Oven, known as a tandoor (in the native language), in which food is cooked in the traditional style.

It’s an art to be able to prepare perfect tandoori food given that vegetables and meat are only pre-marinated and cooked! The best chefs are those who can gauge the right temperature of the tandoor to churn out flavourful dishes with a blend of spices and a yoghurt based curry and paired with flat breads. While seated, watch the master chefs in actions through the glass windows of the open kitchen as they stir up lip smacking dishes for you.

14. Café Chocolatti

Address: Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, Bardez, Goa

Cafe Chocolatti | Photo Credits: Happily Unmarried

Waltz into this alfresco garden cafe for your sweet tooth fix. This place is known for its decadent home-made chocolates, desserts and cupcakes. If you walk in hungry, go for one of their many light bites on offer — paninis, sandwiches, salads coupled with a fresh juice.

15. Ciao Bella, Goa

Address: 569, Assagao Badem Road, Assagao, Goa 403507

Two souls from Europe moved to Goa at different times. Chance got them together and they set up an authentic Italian restaurant called Ciao Bella after restoring a derelict structure in Assagoa. Here, you get to go beyond the pizzas and pastas and discover new flavours inspired by the way they were made in the homes of Italy.

Ciao Bella, Goa

With high quality ingredients, some of which are imported, you’re in for a real Italian meal, one that’s full of aromas and cooked with a whole lot of love. Try their mascarpone ravioli with tomato sauce or ask Simona Mario for a recommendation! Buon Appetito!

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