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All Spice: All Spice...a superb place!
This is by far the best restaurant in the Arpora area. Great atmosphere...good mix of cuisines, although the Indian dishes are the best...and great music.
Be warned...it tends to get packed out most nights, as a lot of customers are frequent visitors ever since it opened in 2002...if you get there before 8pm you should get a table.
IMPORTANT!!! At the end of the 2011/12 season the partners of this restaurant (Vinnie & Anthony) split up. That said its not as busy as it once was...but still brilliant curries!
Favorite Dish: Where do you start...great steaks (Beef, Chicken, Pork, & Lamb) all served with Indian style mash and cabbage; the Chicken Chettinad is lovely, fresh fish & lobster...I just love all the curries!...and they probably have the best range of kebabs in Goa! If you are going to have a starter I highly recommend the Prawns 65, and the Spicy Chily Beef!
The Oriental, Royal Thai Cuisine in Goa: Don't miss Thai cooking!!!
Do not forget to visit Oriental Restaurant, Hotel Mira, Calangute.
The Chef has a special touch with oriental and Thai cuisine.
The poolside restaurant offers nice ambience..
Favorite Dish: steaks, pasta (al Dente!)
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various: Beach bars
Baga beach is lined from one end to another with these beach bars. All are temporary, built new every season and taken down at the end (as you can see in photo 3), and all look very much the same. The main difference as far as we were concerned was the degree to which the staff hassled you to choose their bar, so we developed a policy of going to one where we weren’t waylaid as soon as we walked nearby bit were left to make up our minds in peace.
During the day the bars put out beach chairs so when you choose your chair you also choose your bar. You can order drinks and snacks where you sit, or go into the bar area itself for some welcome shade and a wider choice of refreshments. We had some nice grilled shrimp one day but mostly only drank here. As well as cold drinks during the day, we came several times for a beer at sunset – a very relaxing way to end the day or start your evening.
The bar we frequented most was “Travellers’ Rest”, towards the southern end of the beach by our hotel. The staff were very friendly and relatively laid-back, but towards the end of our stay they changed and started to ask us to pay money for hospital treatment for one of their number. We really weren’t sure whether this was genuine or a con, but we felt we were being used so we moved on and drank elsewhere for the last few days.
OTHER LOCAL: Almas home cooking
Alma`s is a small place with just 8 tables and a very warm welcome. It is a family run buisness and Alma`s cooking is superb. When you go there and get to know them you are made to feel like one of the family and again it is another place where they will do anything they can to make your stay a pleasant one.
Pedro's: Benaulims institution!
This place has been here for donkeys years...orinally a small shack, its now moved up onto the end of the Benaulim beach road.
NB. If anyone is wondering about the photo...its a pic of the original Pedro's as it looked back in 1986, not the current brick built version.
Favorite Dish: The fish & seafood dishes are fantastic...washed down with a cold Kingfisher!
Archway Restaurant And Bar: The best of Goan food
The best Goan food in Goa. It is home cooked and cooked with lots of feel.
The owner and chef Mr. Ivan Lawrance is an ex-professor in Goa catering college and served on cruise ships for over 20yrs. His wife Ms. Lumina does most of traditional dishes. Very nice place to eat a quiet dinner feeling a local atmosphere.
Advance reservation recommended.
Favorite Dish: Pork Sorpotel with Bread
It's the best Sorpotel I've had in Goa in the past 3yrs since I moved to Goa
Prawn Ambo Tik with Rice
Fish Curry & Rice
Prawn Masala with Rice
Fried King Fish with Fries & Salad
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Britto's: Best Casual All Day Dining on the Beach
Update: Recently visited Britto's and I'm sad to say it was not up to its usual standards. The food was cold and the usually good desserts were mediocre. They have also covered the whole top of the restaurant which makes it very dark inside and takes away from the "beachy" atmosphere. I'd like to chalk the bad food up to a bad day in the kitchen so would still give it a try when in Baga.
Britto's is a casual restaurant located right on the beach at Baga. It's definitely one of my favorite places in Goa. It is a large place - not quite like a typical shack. They serve Goan, Continental, Indian, and Chinese dishes. The food is very good and reasonably priced. The Goan curry and vindaloo dishes are very good but my favorites are the continental chicken dishes. There are very good desserts - chocolate mousse, pies, etc. so be sure to save some room!
Britto's is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and I love going there for breakfast. It's wonderfully relaxing to feel the sand between your toes while watching the action on the beach. You are literally steps from the beach.
Service is very good and the staff are really friendly.
I'd still give Britto's is a try while in Goa!
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Angels Resort: One of My Favorite Places...
UPDATED 2/12: Went back and ordered the egg curry, something I'd ordered dozens of times in the past. Apparently, they have a new chef who had a really heavy hand with the spices. Would still give it another try in the future.
This is one of my favorite restaurants in Goa. Located in Angels Resort which is between Panaji and Candolim, the open air restaurant is a great casual place for dinner.
They serve delicious Goan dishes as well as other cuisines. We lived nearby for two years and ordered from here many, many times. My favorite dishes were the chicken korma and egg curry. The restaurant is inexpensive. I highly recommend trying the restaurant.
It is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There is also a bar. Staff is very friendly.
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Brittos: Great local setting
One of the first places we stopped at for authentic local Goan food. Britto's does a really great job with their Goan dishes and their other European dishes. They seem to be the place to go for good food of any taste. Right off of Baga beach they have a great view and have another dining area with a stage for live bands to play. Their Goan menu is fairly diverse and their dessert menu is extensive. Feni is also served either caju or palm, as well as plenty of Kingfisher.
Favorite Dish: Anything you try that is Goan if you haven't had it before-this is the place to try it. They have quite a few of the most well known Goan dishes on the menu. The sorpotel here (a local Goan dish that is a type of pork stew) is very spicy. It may always be like that. What I was able to eat was really good.
Britto's desserts are also very good. I had a mango custard cake which was really great.
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Club Vasco- Restaurant & Bar: Chill out in Panjim
This is a great place to visit during your trip to Panjim. Usually one gets very tired and thirsty while in Panjim because if the humidity and crowd. Earnest's is a great place to relax and have a quiet drink in the eavenbings. The snacks they serve is just superb. The ambience is very nice and even the chairs are so comfortable. You just can't get up and leave!!!
If you can meet Earnest, the owner, have a conversation.. very nice man..
The balcony has few seats overlooking the park and the street. A nice place to watch the world go by.
I think this is a must visit place!!
Favorite Dish: snacks.. fish fingers, liver fry, Tongue Roast,Pork chops etc...
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Cinnabar: Still the best Cappuccino in Goa at Cinnabar
***Updated 2/12: Sad to say this great hangout place has closed.
A great place for breakfast (omelettes) and all day cappuccino. Rest of the menu is a little strange and the food can be inconsistent but I'll keep going back for the cappuccino!
Favorite Dish: Cappuccino!!
OTHER LOCAL: Casa Potrugese
Casa Portugese is at the bottom end of Baga road (all the taxis and tuck tuck drivers know it) it is an authentic Goan/Portugese restaurant with good wine and wonderfull food. It doesn`t open during the day so if you want to book a table (you have to if you want a Chateaux Briand)you will have to call in the evening. All the waiters are in the old style Portugese costume and you can either sit inside or in the gardens. A nice experience but a touch more expensive than the others.
Redonda: Have lobster and champagne!
You can sit downstairs but upstairs is better as it gives you a view of the goings on below and is open air.
Ask for the waiter Prakash who will give you the best advice on what to eat and gets it spot on every time, he even went to 3 shops to try and find us a bottle of chilled champage as they had run out.
Our last night was the most expensive meal we had. We started with a glass of wine each, then a bottle of champagne. A starter each, two main courses (one lobster), bread and rice, 2 desserts, 2 irish coffees and the whole bill only came to around $57. The average price I have quoted below is including champagne if you don;t have this it will be in the lower bracket.
Favorite Dish: My partner would recommend the crab starter and grilled lobster for main course. He tried the same in other places but nothing lived up to Redonda.
My choice being vegetarian would be the paneer tikka (a grilled kebab in a divine sauce) to start and vegetable makanwhala for main course.
Have the Indian champage, it is so cheap and just as good as the real thing in my opinion although I am not a connoisseur.
The Irish coffe is the best ever and I don't even like coffee!
Sublime Bistro Bar: Sublime
The food at Sublime is "sort of" western neuvelle cuisine but the portions are bigger! Presentation is imaculate and the taste is errrrm........ sublime.
Favorite Dish: The menu changes on a regular basis so return visits will never be the same.
MOON CREST: Goan Prawn Curry - TO DIE FOR!!
Situated alongside the Baga River, Moon Crest restaurant has to rank amongst the best restaurants in North Goa.
David Gonsalves, the owner, greets everyone and makes all his customers feel special.
You dine under Palm Trees and are quite often entertained - Thursday night is Jazz night.
We spent many a night during our holiday wining and dining here and never once had cause for complaint.
Favorite Dish: Lobster - thermidor or grilled, most definately worth ordering.
Tiger Prawns - again thermidor or plainly grilled.
But to absolutely kill for is the Goan Prawn Curry - the taste of the fresh coconut and the succulent prawns are heavenly!
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