Prime Eateries in North Goa
Goan cuisine had been influenced, over the years, by an exotic blend of sea and spices, engulfed in the rich tradition of the Konkan coast and enriched over the years by two very different cultures, first the colonial Portuguese and then the hippies. For all that, it’s not one blended cuisine: Konkan Hindu and Goan Catholic have their distinct dishes, the former typified by the heavy use of coconut and fish, the latter by vinegar, pork and beef. Then there’s the international cuisine, sometimes a fusion, and sometimes the legacy of foreign immigrants holding onto their old cuisine. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most mouth-watering dishes and restaurants of North Goa, which are worth a visit, to satisfy the taste buds.
When we start discussing best restaurants in North Goa, it would be an injustice, if we don’t start with Fat Fish restaurant in Baga. The motto of this restaurant is to “Spread Happiness through Delicious Food” and it holds in every parameter. Fat Fish is an indulgence of Goan flavour in all the delicacies. It is a place to relax and savour one’s meal.
Calamari at Candolim boast of some exquisite cuisines. This place is highly recommended and it is certain that sure your taste buds would be totally satisfied with almost un-ending list of mouth-watering dishes on their menu. Visiting Calamari is a must on your Goa trip if you don’t want to miss out on one of the best food in Goa.
Mum’s Kitchen is one of the few restaurants to offer a personalized and private dining just for you and are the first Goa’s Gourmet brand to be recognized by one of the world leaders in Food Safety and Hazards certification for ISO 22000:2005, International organization for standardization by one of the best acclaimed Bureau Veritas. The menu’s vast and enticing. Most of the regulars here are locals, so the kitchen doesn’t hold back on the spice. The service here is very fast but try booking the table before visiting because there is definitely waiting here to fetch a table.
Venite Bar & Restaurant
This bar & restaurant is on the first floor, squeezed in a narrow lane in Panaji and the interiors are very artistic and quaint. This place is famous for its authentic local Goan- Portuguese cuisine. The ambience is pretty romantic and the seafood here is in high demand. Find the best seafood in Goa at this exquisite restaurant. And you just cannot afford to miss on the customary, it is most memorable.
Thalassa brings in the authentic Greek Mediterranean cuisine and hospitality that’s complete with a beautiful dining experience. With superb seafood and a fabulous view, this is the perfect cliff-top spot to watch the sunset. It isn’t cheap compared to other North Goa restaurants, but it is well worth it, due to its stunning location, lively atmosphere, great food and service. Evenings feature live music, breaking plates and traditional Greek dancing.
Pousada By the Beach
Whatever the time of day, nothing could be more pleasurable than taking in breath-taking views in Goa at a Beach Sea Front Restaurant while savouring a delicious meal. The Pousada Beach Sea Front Restaurant caters to both senses. The Pousada Beach Sea Front Restaurant, this a little slice of Goa and an ideal place on the Arabian Sea to enjoy a coastal meal or snack on their private patio or just right for frolicking and sunbathing on the beach.
Located on Ashwem beach and hidden somewhere amongst the palms and bushes, La Plage offers a relaxed tropical atmosphere. Even though it is not the cheapest beach shack in Goa, by far, the menu at La Plage is worth every penny. Getting a table here is not a tough task. However, getting a pre-booking will save you the waiting trouble if it’s caused anyhow.
Marbella Beach Restaurant
Marbella Beach restaurant takes the beach dining experience to the highest level. It is the food that lets the ingredients speak for themselves and the service is very comforting, it’s cocktails cutting-edge mixology and it’s a constantly evolving wine list. Fine dining, Cocktails, Cabana Beds. You ask for it and they have it all. Special events and live music performances is like icing on the cake.
Set on the shores of Vagator, the beach club is one of Antares’ prime gathering places. Here one finds lavish day beds, woodfire pizzas, tasty share plates and refreshing cocktails to break up the dips in the ocean all whilst listening to sunset rituals and live music played by internationally renowned artists. The cuisine is quite simple really: fresh ingredients, exotic flavors, and classic cooking techniques with an injection of flavor through a charcoal grill. Situated right next to Thalassa, people are usually confused about where they should go but the fact is Antares and Thalassa are two completely different and good places to chill you mustn’t miss out on. It’s classy and sophisticated which definitely makes it one of the best restaurants in Goa.
Anjuna’s very own Burger King, this is a small set up with cozy interiors and provides some of the yummiest burgers in the vicinity. The place speaks of everything recycled, even the menu written on the wall. They serve only burgers and nothing else, the taste is unique and addictive. Hands down, the burgers served here makes it one of the best fast-food restaurants in Goa. This open-air restaurant in Goa will definitely is perfect for a casual date.
This restaurant specializes in a single cuisine – Japanese. And that is exactly what puts this place in a league of its own in Goa. Sakana, is the brainchild of Indian-Israeli Eliko and his Japanese wife Mali, boasts a number of USPs and of the best Japanese food in Goa. They have an extremely inviting interiors situated in a well-crowded section of the Anjuna-Vagator beach belt. Apart from the flavourful, well-prepared food, generous pours of liquor (50ml is the minimum) ensure that this value-for-money establishment is packed even on weeknights.
These are some of the best places in North Goa, worth a visit during your stay in Goa, to take back best memories of taste and hospitality. For more details, please visit our website www.visit-goa.com!