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Best restaurants in Goa 2014 update – 10 new luscious reviews
Saturday, May 24th, 2014

By Sudha Mathew

More than a year ago I compiled an insider guide to the best restaurants in Goa. That post on Goa restaurant reviews remains one of our most popular ones. With the vibrant and ever changing Goa eating out scene, it’s time for an updated post. I must warn you that this post is only about places to eat in North Goa.

I suggest that you read this post along with the earlier one to get a better idea of the best restaurants in Goa.  http://www.goseekandhide.com/blog/best-goa-restaurants-an-insider-guide/

Although La Plage and Thalassa were mentioned in the earlier list of places for eating out in Goa, I’m adding them again as I have new menu recommendations to share.

1. La Plage at Ashwem beach 

The most stylish beach shack in Goa and possibly in the world. Run by a trio of French natives now settled in Goa, they serve mostly traditional French favourites in a “feel the sand between your toes” restaurant on Ashwem beach.

What to eat at La Plage in Goa

  • Beef Carpaccio with arugula and Parmesan shavings remain as finger licking as ever. Let me confess, I don’t even spare the extra virgin olive oil left on the plate.
  • Try the grilled mussels, tuna steak with wasabi potatoes and even if you are a strict carnivore like me, the brilliantly paired ravioli with basil sauce will leave you wanting more.
  • For dessert, the chocolate thali will leave you in the best type of food coma. I was blown away by the apple tart with salted caramel ice cream. Follow my advice – don’t share it.
SPICE LEVEL: European palate
INFO: Open from Nov – April, PHONE: +91 9822121712
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Lovely La Plage

2. Thalassa Greek restaurant at Little Vagator

Let me be honest, I wish Thalassa hadn’t become so popular since they’ve added more tables, which makes it rather busy. Luckily the star attraction, authentic Greek food remains the same while Mariketty the owner keeps a close watch on service. An enchanting part of my evening at Thalassa was an impromptu round of Greek dancing by Mariketty’s handsome son and his friend, complete with breaking of plates. Opa!

What to eat at Thalassa in Goa

Traditional Greek salad, Stuffed peppers, aubergines and tomatoes with feta, Mini chicken souvlaki, Lamb chops, Dips with Pita bread.

Can’t picture what it is like? Take a look at this lovely video of Thalassa in Goa.

SPICE LEVEL: European palate
INFO: Open from Nov – May, PHONE: +91 9850033537
best restaurants in Goa Thalassa

Sunset at Thalassa

 

 

3. Roma Italian restaurant at Ashwem

Non fussy with a simple open air ambience, Roma Italian restaurant in Ashwem was a good find this year. Run by an Italian, it offers a large variety of wood fired pizzas so I didn’t really venture to the pasta and mains section. The pizza and simple mixed salad were freshly made and flavourful. Roma has quite a large space with one seating section under a large tree with floor rugs and the other section has cane seating. This is also one of the rare restaurants in Goa that offer home delivery in the Ashwem Morjim area.

What to eat at Roma

Wood fired Pizzas

SPICE LEVEL: European palate
INFO: Open from Nov – May, PHONE: +91-9637393323
Best restaurants in Goa Roma

Pizza delivery by Roma in Ashwem-Morjim

4. Chez Jean beach shack on Ashwem beach

Chez Jean named after its French chef-owner is located towards the far end of Ashwem beach. A newbie compared to the other restaurants in Ashwem like La Plage, it opened only in 2013-14 season. The place is pretty basic with plastic chairs and tables up a row of steps from the beach. But the menu is simple, the food enjoyable and the view of the sea is marvellous. I think it will be worth watching to see how it evolves providing Chef Jean stays on.

What to eat at Chez Jean 

Grilled fish, Goan green fish curry

SPICE LEVEL: European palate
INFO: Open from Nov – May, PHONE: Not available

 

5. Bhatti Village at Nerul near Candolim  

This place was a revelation, one of the best restaurants in Goa for local fare. A small intimate place serving authentic local cuisine in Goa at value for money prices. Bonus is that the owner Patrick D’Souza is friendly and knowledgeable. The restaurant is a converted home and has a rustic charming vibe with old casks and liquor bottles for decor. Highly recommended for an easy evening with friends over beer, feni and lots of meat. It’s popular and small so please make reservations. No menu so best to ask Patrick for suggestions.

What to eat at Bhatti Village

Chilli pork, Beef croquettes, Rissois, Fish curry, Fish roe

SPICE LEVEL: Medium
INFO: Open all year, dinner only PHONE: +91-9822184103

 

6. Inferno on Candolim beach

I normally avoid restaurants on the roads leading up to Candolim, Calangute and Baga beach like the plague. They are usually filled to the gills with people and the food is never great. But Inferno was a pleasant change. It was crowded but the food was actually tasty and fresh. Their speciality is the barbecue menu. The lamb chops with sides of mashed potatoes and salad were succulent as was the kebab platter. The rest of their Indian menu is also quite good. The Bloody Mary was excellent.

What to eat at Inferno

Bloody Mary, Lamb chops, Indian kebabs, barbecue dishes

SPICE LEVEL: Mild to Medium
INFO: Open from Oct – May, PHONE: +91-98 23 753863

 

7. Villa Blanche at Assagaon

This is a charming boho-chic bistro cum bakery that is open from 9 am to 5.30 am. The bistro has relaxed seating under trees and garden umbrellas. They serve an all day European breakfast, sandwiches, salads and desserts, all of which is rather inviting. You can also buy freshly baked bread and cookies including gluten free ones from the bakery. Birthday cakes and speciality breads can also be ordered in advance.

What to eat at Villa Blanche

They keep changing their daily specials but in general their salads and quiches are a good bet. Also try their homemade ice creams.

SPICE LEVEL: European palate
INFO: Open from Nov – May, PHONE: +91 9822155099

Quirky sign at Villa Blanche

8. Cantare at Saligao

Located away from the tourist buzz in a traditional Goan house in Saligao, Cantare is the kind of place I would imagine has a quirky owner. The seating area snakes through what must have been a parlour for receiving guests and spills over to two verandahs tucked away in opposite corners. The parlour has homely sofas while the chairs at most tables do not match and are of different heights. On some nights, they have live music. All of this adds to the oddball tavern charm. Cantare can get really busy on weekend nights so please go early.

What to eat at Cantare

Good selection of wine and moreish starters like crispy calamari, BBQ chicken, bruschetta. We didn’t have any mains so can’t comment on that.

SPICE LEVEL: Mild to medium
INFO: Open all year, PHONE: +91-832-2409461

 

9. Delicieux Patisserie at Morjim

Run by Lucie Masson and Varun Sood who also manage Siolim House, this is a bakery full of treats designed to tempt your tummy. The idea behind Delicieux was to start an authentic French patisserie and what a superb idea it was! Delicieux makes everything fresh each day with no premixes or preservatives and uses lots of butter. Traditional French pastries like Paris Brest, éclairs, choux pastries, macarons and a whole lot more are available as well as gourmet sandwiches and 40 types of artisan ice creams. Wedding and birthday cakes, breads can be ordered in advance. They also have another cafe in Panjim.

What to eat at Delicieux

Home made ice cream, éclairs, macarons

SPICE LEVEL: European palate
INFO: Open all year, PHONE: +91-7350 413490
Best restaurants in Goa Delicieux

Delicieux Patisserie Goa

10. Bon Appetit on Candolim Beach

Bon Appetit is the kind of restaurant in Goa like Inferno, which is not my usual preference. It has been around for many years in Candolim but I went for the first time this year on a recommendation. Sandwiched between on a narrow strip of land between the two Taj hotels in Candolim, it has a great location with a full frontal view of Candolim beach. The restaurant is open air to make the most of the view and well maintained. But service was very slow on the day we went despite it being empty. Luckily when the food was served, it took away our irritation, as it was freshly made and enjoyable. The Cheese Garlic Nan was the superstar of our lunch.

What to eat at Bon Appetit

Cheese Garlic Nan, Butter Chicken, Biryani, Grilled Pomfret, Chicken Tikka

SPICE LEVEL: Medium, ask for less spice if you prefer.
INFO: Open from Oct – May, PHONE: +91-832-2479678/077

I’m also happy to report that good old Florentine’s in Saligao remains old fashioned and basic but the chicken cafreal and rava fried prawns are as scrumptious as ever. I was delighted to see that their alcohol prices remain jaw droppingly low. I even took a photo to share with you. Those prices are in INR not EURO. How do they do it?

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Menu at Florentines Goa

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I’m looking forward to adding to the best places to eat out in Goa once season starts in October 2014. Are you making Goa plans too? Take a look at our stunning holiday villas in Goa.

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Cheers

Sudha


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  • Mousumi Banerjee

    May 28, 2014

    We wish to visit goa around september.Can u suggest some place to stay around Rs 2000-3000 per day.We would love to stay near beach.

  • sudha

    May 28, 2014

    Mousumi, take a look at our 2 bedroom apartment in Candolim Goa. Its lovely, walking distance to the beach and there’s a 20% discount offer on the rate. http://www.goseekandhide.com/beach/sacada-villa-rental-goa/

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The wise man travels to discover himself - JR Lowell

 

My name is Sudha Mathew. I'm an ex-banker who quit the rat race after a decade to follow my passion for travel and to combine it with my experience in understanding client requirements and exceeding their expectations.

 

While our content is mostly about the holiday experience, the accommodation and services, there's so much more to a journey. I have discovered a whole new me through travel. So I've reserved this corner of the website to share the unexpected aspects of travel. This space is also to hear from you about your journeys and discoveries. Bon Voyage!

 
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