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EQUINOX Indian Kitchen: New Restaurant, the 1st VT-review, read it here!
We were actually the 1st customers at this restaurant!
It opened for business 1/2 an hour before we came strolling along through Baga (on our way to Tito's nightclub) but then deciding that we'd rather have a quiet night with a few drinks and some yummy food.
The interior is very nice (of course, it's all new!) with the option of sitting downstairs or up on the roof terrace. The waiting staff spoke very good english, and were quite helpful & knowledgeable.
The service was very good, drinks were cold, ice cubes made with bottled water, we were even offered some nibbles while we waited for our main course (we hadn't seen this phenomenon in any other restaurants in Goa so far).
Favorite Dish: The girls ordered hot 'n' sour soup, which was hot but not really sour enough. The Chinese-style fried rice was nice, but nothing to write home about.
My dish was excellent! Paneer tikka massala.
The cheese was nice and firm, in a gorgeous coconutty-curry sauce. Not too spicy, just right... and the garlic & butter Naan bread was to die for!
Once again my travel companions had to admit: when in Goa, do as the locals do - eat local dishes and you won't be disappointed with the Goan's culinary skills.
The restaurant specialises in local seafood... so try the tiger prawns while you're there, prepared any way you like it!
All in all, if they keep their standards going like they did on this first night, the Equinox will always be a nice place for a great meal in a nice, calm and welcoming atmosphere.
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Beach House: Excellent Goan food!
The Beach House is an excellent restaurant at the Taj Holiday Village Resort with a relaxing atmosphere, very nice decoration and with candles lit during dinner.
Guests can choose from either an extravagant multi-cuisine buffet or delicious a la carte. ‘Chef Rego’s’ authentic Goan dishes include Prawn curry, prawn balchao and the Hindu saraswat thali.
It's a bit more expensive than other restaurants in Goa but the food is amazing and the fresh fish and seafood are the best in Goa.
12:30 pm — 3:00 pm
7:00 pm — 11:00 pm
Favorite Dish: Prawn balchao, prawn curry and the delicious " bebinca" with icecream for dessert I used to eat every time I went there...!
Cavala: Don't miss the Retro & Jazz
Cavala is a very popular restaurant for music lovers of North Goa.
Every Wed during season, you have an opportunity to listen to some good musicians performing retro-jazz and some Goan on request...
very nice ambience and the staff is very friendly.
Nice food also..
The outdoor area of the restaurant also offers a nice place to have a chat over the table while listening to the band
Star Restaurant: Great Fresh food
This restaurant is located on Baga beach itself. the staff are as helpful and friendly as you could wish for. The food is divine. We ate there most days and were never disappointed. It was very very cheap and of high standard. It also hosted the cleanest toilet on the beach!
The guys in there also put us onto a very good taxi driver who we kept for the 2 weeks we were there.
Favorite Dish: Lobster Thermodore, This was from heaven , it was absolutely delicious and have never had one as good since! Also the milkshakes are freshly made, with fresh fruit or chunks of chocolate, very very yummy!
Hotel Aflatoon: HALAL FOOD
Beef, mutton, chicken, u name it they have it. aND all of it halal. Located in mapusa, this restaurant drove us all the way from calangute not just b cos it had gr8 taste, but mainly b cos it served halal food.
Halal food is hard to find in Goa, something I take for granted in my hometown Hyderabad. So when we got tired of eating vegs, we headed straight to mapusa for some meaty stuff.
Favorite Dish: Chicken rolls, rotis, chicken masala, chicken biryani is also okay (no one can beat we hyderabadi's at that). Tandoori chicken is the best of it all.
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Kamat Hotel: Good Inexpensive Local Food at Kamat Hotel
Great & clean (veg) place for delicious South Indian dishes including Dosas, Pav Bhaji, and Thalis. Gets very busy with locals at lunchtime. Has AC seating on top. Can have a whole meal for less than $1.
It is open from 8.00 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.
If you're in Panajim, stop in for a meal!
Favorite Dish: Puri bhaji and cold coffee or chocolate shake.
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Sunset Shack: Great position, great food, geat service
Right on the beach with sun beds and tables with umbrellas on the sand. The staff are not the usual pushy sales people you get further north and will sit and chat to you if they have the time.
I ordered a Bacardi Breezer and couldn't understand why it took so long to arrive - they didn't have any and had to go to the local shop to replace their supplies.
Favorite Dish: Pork Vindaloo.
I enquired about a dessert dish on the menu which I had never heard of before, and the next day I was given one 'compliments of the house'.
INDIAN IMPACT: INDIAN IMPACT , BAGA
This is an excellent quality restaurant on the CSM road in Baga.
Tuesday nights are a special night as they have local Goan dancing on. Pre-book tuesday evening. The rest of the week should be ok just to turn up.
Favorite Dish: The freshly caught, freshly cooked garlic lobster is so succulent and tasty. Order it the day before, so they can get it fresh from the market on the day you want it. The price is by weight, so expect to pay anywhere between 700 - 1000 rupees. This is an expensive dish, but it is worth it. You get all the trimmings, salad, vegtetables, chips and even mashed potatoes. I go to Goa on my birthday, and a meal at the Indian Impact, is my holiday treat.
They also do fantastic Tandori dishes, and it is a 'safe' place to get Pork in India, if you are wanting some.
My daughter does not eat meat, and she says there is a good vegetarian choice.
Goa Marriott Resort: Fun Sunday Brunch
Live music and a huge assortment of Indian and continental dishes, including soups and salads, chicken/seafood/beef dishes and assorted desserts. Reservations are essential. Choice of seating outdoors (if it's not too hot) or inside where the music is. Great place to relax with friends for a couple of hours.
Kokan: Delicious Thalis at Kokan
Lots of choices on the menu. The best place for Thalis and Solkadhi! Nice, clean, restaurant atmosphere with good service. Patronized mostly by locals. Open lunch/dinnertime.
Favorite Dish: Veg Thali and Solkadhi. Delicious!!
Bharat Bar & Restaurant ***: Good local dishes in-and-out at Baga
Good ratio for price/quality. At Baga Road, very close to hotel Bomfim. Easy street bar & restaurant with quick, friendly service and the meals were served warm, which is not so evident in the country of susegad.
The overall was tasty and fulfilling in every four time visited.
Favorite Dish: Example menu for two: very spicy chicken in sauce (Chicken Kohlapuri), stuffed potatoes in Goa style with sauce (Aloo Palak), cheese with sauce (Paneer Tikka Masala), mixed rice, 2 garlic naans. With soda and water, 325 rupias. Additional plus for we requested very spicy and we got just what we wanted (March 2003).
Kebabs & Curries: Brilliant starters....
This charming restaurant is hosted by Priya & Manoj, and is a pretty main area, and a relaxing outside garden room. Food is pure Indian, and is of a high quality.
Favorite Dish: I think all the starters are brilliant. They are kinda 'street food', but done professionally.
INDIAN: Order from the ingredients!
The restaraunt is called Electric Cats. It does great Vindaloo and Xacuti curries, lovely Garlic Nan, fresh Sea food and the nicest shakes we had in Goa. They have a reasonable menu but the best thing about his place is that you can order food that they can make but that doesnt appear on the menu. I ended up with some huge prawns fried with Garlic and Chile served on a bed of Pappodom - not on the menu but a winner. They also made (little home-sick me) some Egg mayonaise - even tho they had no idea what it was, when we went back a week or so later it was on the menu!
Favorite Dish: Xacuti Chicken/Prawn curry with Garlic nan and rice. 95 Rupees for the lot, it takes a while, but what doesnt in India(!), order a cold one, walk down to the beach and they'll come give you a shout.
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Dehli Darbar: Classic Indian
The Dehil Darbar is one of the best sit down restaurants in Panaji. the food is typical of Northern India with a few Goan dishes in there as well. The fruit juices are always fresh and the food is prepared in traditional ways and very very good. The prices are also very reasonable and to too unlike anywhere else you will eat in Goa. The staff is incredibly friendly and all have a great handle on English. However, do not expect them to be very fluent or helpful in other languages. Marathi-Hindi and English are a bout it.
Favorite Dish: I don't have a favorite dish. There are the typical dishes you'd find at any other Indian restaurant (Korma, Rogan, Vindaloo, etc) as far as curries go. However, there are some specialty dishes from Northern India as well as some British dishes.
Aquamarine: Food is Good, But Go For the View!
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Goa. Not so much for the food (which was perfectly good) but for the view and the atmosphere.
We went to Aquamarine (which is in the Baia do Sol resort) for breakfast. The menu had a good choice of Indian and continental dishes. I had the puri bhaji, which was very good.
We sat outside on the deck up a flight of stairs off the beach. We had front row seats to all the activity of the fisherpeople coming in from their morning run - people unloading boats, sorting fish, fixing nets, having their own breakfast. It was fascinating - great(!) photo opps! I could have sat there for hours. I definitely recommend checking this place out for breakfast - fine to go around 9-10 a.m.
See my Goa travelogues below for photos of the fisherpeople.
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