This is a small hotel in Calangute, just off the main road and exactly next to our hotel (Golden Eye Hotel) by the beach.
Eager to try something new for breakfast, we walked towards the main road and only 100 metres from our doorstep we came across this charming little establishment: a small terrace with a sign that promised a good "fry up"!
The staff (2 teenage Goan boys) were friendly, spoke good English and knew what they were talking about when it came to the various breakfast deals. The tea was a bit strong for our liking (but I'm not going to argue with Indians over tea!) but otherwise everything we tried was excellent!
Favorite Dish: We knew that Goa is cheap, but once again we were suprised:
Approx. 30.- Rupees is sufficient for a full English/American/Contintal breakfast: coffee, toast, eggs, beans, the works!
The menu is rather extensive for such a small place, and you can also order various omlettes and pancakes, or just mix-and-match your own breakfast (in our case, we started the day with spiking our coffee with a nice big shot of Baileys.... what? We're on holiday after all! hahaha!)
As it’s so long since we were there I can’t recall the names of all the restaurants we went to, and some may well have closed or changed management since then. But a couple stand out in my memory as being the best of those we tried, and would be worth others searching out.
Fiesta is a popular and fairly upmarket choice. The cuisine is Italian, so it makes a change from the otherwise ubiquitous Indian choices – I love curry and tandoori dishes but was pleased to have a break on a couple of evenings. The service was very good and the setting is lovely, with tables in a pretty garden festooned with lanterns. We ate here on my birthday and were treated to an extra light-show – a storm was brewing and the lightening was pretty spectacular, although luckily the rain held off until we were almost back at the hotel.
Tito’s is a Baga institution and has even given its name to a road: Tito’s Road, which leads down to the beach from the main Baga Road. It is in fact a row of establishments, with a coffee shop furthest from the sea, followed by a bar and nightclub and a restaurant. We ate in the latter a couple of times. The food wasn’t the best we had in Baga but it was pretty good, and we liked the tables scattered in the large open courtyard setting. They do a great Bloody Mary too, if my memory serves me right!
But our favourite restaurant was one that was very recently opened and was away from the beach on the Baga Road: “Over the Flames” . The cooking here was excellent, especially the fresh fish and seafood cooked in the tandoori oven. The chef would bring a platter of the day’s catch to our table for us to select the exact fish we would like and it would then be cooked to order while we enjoyed our starter. On our next-to-last evening we ate here and told the waiter that we were tossing up whether to come back again on the next evening for our final dinner in Baga, or to go back to our other (and less visited) favourite, the Fiesta. When we duly appeared the next evening he was grinning from ear to ear. It turned out that he had a bet with his boss that we would come and was thrilled because our arrival meant that he had won some money! We were given free cocktails as “regulars”, and I was given a little, cheap but pretty, bangle. We were so pleased we’d chosen to spend our last evening in this friendly place.
Café Caravela, a charming all-day dining restaurant with an open deck overlooking the sea, serves very good western and indian dishes, as well as an excellent breakfast.
If you are already tired of indian food you can find here most western dishes from pastas to steaks. If you still want to stay with indian food they serve an excellent one. Usally at lunch time and sometimes at dinner they also have an extensive indian buffet .
7:00 am — 11:00 pm
Favorite Dish: The breakfast!
The Banyan Tree is a thai restaurant that belongs to the Taj Holiday Village Resort and serves excellent food in a romantic atmosphere. They sometimes have a thai buffet .
The green curry and pla rad prik (crispy fried fish) are signature standouts. But all food here is delicious.
The restaurant has an excellent setting amidst huge banyan trees, surrounded by a shimering fishpond.
Service is fabulous and this is a very well known restaurant in Goa so I advise you to book a table early because it usually gets full. It's a bit expensive for Goa's standards but nonetheless for westerns it doesn't come expensive and you will be glad to dine here.
Favorite Dish: Green curry and for dessert the mango with sweet rice.
Chocolatti is an unusual place for Goa, where there is definitely not enough places serving good desserts! What started a few years ago as a place that sold very good cakes and chocolates, etc. has grown into a special place. The tables outside are set in a very relaxing garden and it is the perfect place to stop for afternoon tea (or cappuccino) and dessert. It is also a nice place for lunch but be sure to leave room for dessert or make 2 visits! (Also open for breakfast.)
Salads, sandwiches, etc. are on the menu but I think the highlight is the desserts. Try the chocolate cake, brownies, truffles, etc.!
Open 9:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Whilst you can get all types of indian food in Goa the local dishes include:
Goan Fish Curry
Theres loads more, but try at least one of the above for an authentic Goan dish.
In Goa you are in for a great food experience! Cuisines vary from Indian, Spanish, Italian, Thai, Portuguese, English, to Tibetan and Vegetarian
Favorite Dish: Some of my favourites are the fish...like fresh Tuna, Baby Kingfish, Pomfret and Shark, or theres the seafood including great lobsters and prawns.
Theres so many restaurants to choose from...I tend to just go to those that look busy...if its popular for others its probably ok for me!
Goan food is hot and spicy. It has a lot of coconut and garlic. The Pork Vindaloo, Chicken Xacutti, Prawn Balchao and Fish curries (one with the green curry and the other with the red curry) are extremely delicious. But a word of caution: pork products are not processed hygienically and it might be best to avoid them. Try the Mackerel Fish - it's simply delicious!
Feni is Goa's favourite alcoholic beverage. Brewed from cashewnuts, it is strong and it's nothing like what you have tasted before. Try it only if you're willing to bear the consequences and the strong smell!! Goes very well with Pork Vindaloo!
St. Xavier's Cafe is the place at mapusa near market where you will enjoy the great food at cheap price. This cafe is situated in main market. After finishing your shopping you can enjoy a glass of wine along with famous goan fish curry with rice. Taste is just fantastic and price is too low compared to others.
Favorite Dish: Prawns curry rice and Macrel Curry rice.
Chris Bee, the original Chef at Sublime, has opened a great restaurant serving modern cuisine in Saligao. Lovely garden setting, nice lighting, and this weekend had live Sitar & Tabla playing.
NB You must make a reservation...number is 9822484051
IMPORTANT! Chris has moved the restaurant yet again...about the 4th move since I've known Chris...its now somewhere up north...Mandrem? So I've kinda given up on this place!
Favorite Dish: My starter was roast beetroot salad with wasabi dressing...fantastic! For mains I had A fillet steak served on mash with a lovely red wine sauce...simply gorg!
NB This review was a few years ago, but now in 2011 the food is still great!
Open again after a successful season last year, with a new extended menu. Typical British holiday offerings, home made pies, fish chips mushy peas, and of course the english breakfast. All the favourites including all day sunday lunch and various curries. Generous portions served in clean, bright airy surroundings. Airport parcels available. Most expensive item on menu is prawns at 250 rs. Good value.
Favorite Dish: English Breakfast
Pie, chips and mushy peas
Magic Italy is on the beach road, set in a leafy garden area with fairy lights. This place does good pizza's. It is more expensive than some of the other places, but the quality of the food makes up for it. They use imported ingredients. The staff are friendly and are happy to make a wine recommendation. We went here about 3 or 4 times over a 6 week period. It was a good treat for us! Pizza's from 200-350 rupees
The pizza's are big, so we would share one and have a starter to share as. You can also get takeaway from here, which makes it cheaper. A separate takeaway place had opened up on the main road near the Expresso place.
Not to be confused with Little Italy
Favorite Dish: I can't remember the name of it-sorry. We were never disappointed.
Smugglers Inn is all out British food. I can highly recommend their Sunday Roast Dinners. We had been traveling for a while so we did come here a few times for a taste of home. The staff are really friendly. Sunday Roasts start from 6pm. Get here early or book in advance as they do run out.
Favorite Dish: Sunday Roast
I came here every morning to have breakfast that cost Rs100 compared with Rs200 in other places nearby. It consisted of beef bacon, 2 small cocktail sausages, large fresh toasted bread roll, baked beans, 2 eggs and mushroom, so you can call it a proper English breakfast! I also had a dinner here of Chinese chilly pork and rice which was good to have as I hadn't eaten pork since I started my big Indian trip in Delhi about 11 weeks before. Also tucked into an ice cream sundae and, of course, a beer. Good place with a nice veranda out front to sit and watch people go by.