The Best Restaurants in Goa (Curated by Homestay Hosts)

It’s the fag end of season in Goa, but before the ‘lovely beaches and soft sand’ holidays evaporate into the blistering heat we thought we’d put together a list of best restaurants in Goa. There are so many options and it’s tough to find the best, especially when you just have a weekend to satiate your eager tongue… it can be a confusing decision. Presenting our list of the Best Restaurants in Goa. This is not just any other list. It’s ‘different’! This list has been specially put together by the hosts of our favourite homestays–they are locals from Goa, and should know it best! If you are headed to Goa, stay at one of these homestays and definitely check out their recommendations for food. Happy chomping folks!

 

Olaulim Backyards

Image Credit: Olaulim Backyards
Image Credit: Olaulim Backyards

 

Q. Tell us a little about the homestay that you run.
Olaulim Backyards is  a small homestay with four eco-friendly cottages situated in a quiet Goan village away from the busy coastal area. We have a large water body called Manos in front of our property where we go kayaking, canoeing and fishing; it is also lovely to swim in it. Besides this, one can cycle around, go for nature/ village walks, bird-watching walks and we have also a swimming pool.

 

Q. What are the best places you would recommend for local Goan food either around your homestay or anywhere in Goa?
We offer authentic home cooked Goan food, besides us one can have a lovely meal at a small local restaurant called Bao in Aldona, also Viva Panjim serves excellent Goan food in Fontainhas. In Bao, I would have fish thali, served at lunch time…

 

Q. What are the best places for global cuisine? (not Indian or Italian)
Authentic Italian cuisine in peaceful beautiful location: Oltremarino in Ozram (Little Vagator), Thai cuisine: Thai n Wok in Panjim near Marriott, Japanese: Sakana in Vagator.

 

Q. Any unique restaurant that you’ve come across?
Unique places would be the homes of my friends: nothing like home cooked food!

 

Q. What would you suggest for vegetarians when they visit Goa?
For vegetarians I would suggest Venite in Fontainhas, they have quite many good veg option, also Black Sheep Bistro in Panjim, but please note that are not exclusively vegetarian restaurants.

 

Q. We, at Happy Tripping, have a sweet tooth… so the best place to end a meal, the place with the best dessert!
The best dessert you would get in Chocolatti in Candolim.

 

Capella

Image Credit: bhavani
Image Credit: bhavani

 

Q. Tell us a little about the homestay that you run…
Capella Homestay, North Goa is a boutique guesthouse situated on a forested hill in the sleepy village of Parra. Our homestay offers visitors the opportunity of experiencing life with a local family, but with the privacy and level of comfort afforded by the best boutique hotels. It’s a great choice for birdwatchers, nature lovers and anyone looking for a relaxed holiday in tranquil surroundings, yet quite close to the happening beaches in North Goa.

 

Q. What are the best places you would recommend for local Goan food either around your homestay or anywhere in Goa?
The best place is a small family-run restaurant in Nerul called Bhatti VillageIt’s run by Merciana and Patrick D’Souza and is actually set in their house. Recently it’s become very popular. You get Catholic Goan food here, but not much choice for vegetarians. I would recommend the pork roast, sorpotel… or anything. Everything is good.

 

Q. What are the best places for global cuisine?
Bomras is eclectic Burmese… the chef’s twist on Burmese. It’s really different. Sublime is great food that is a mix of Continental, Asian, Lebanese… truly global. Chris (the chef) is just very talented!
Ciao Bella in Assagao, sweet little Italian restaurants. Gunpowder in Assagao for appams and all… Lots of choice for vegetarians too. All Kerala food.

 

Q. Any unique restaurant that you’ve come across? 
At Go with the Flow you climb up a tower and then have a meal overlooking the sea. It’s the best location for a meal.

 

Q. What would you suggest for vegetarians when they visit Goa?
For Hindu vegetarian, the best place is Mum’s KitchenSaraswat Brahmin vegetarian fare.

 

Q. And the best place to end a meal, the place with the best dessert!
Hmmm… Oh yes, the best place is this small little ice-cream shop run by an Italian–it has the best gelato in Goa. CreamChoc Gelato Italiano, opposite the Lady of Health Church in Anjuna… It’s really new so it might not even be on Facebook.

 

 

Vivenda Dos Palhacos

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Image Credit: bhavani

Q. Tell us a little about the homestay that you run.
My sister Charlotte and I (Simon) run Vivenda Dos Palhacos, which is an eight room boutique heritage homestay in Majorda, South Goa. About one Km inland from Goa’s longest and best beach. We were amazingly lucky to be voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world by Tatler UK the other year.

 

Q. What are the best places you would recommend for local Goan food either around your homestay or anywhere in Goa?
The one and only Zeebop By The Sea in Utorda. It is 5 mins away and I must go there three times a week. I never get bored of the food or the view. The staff are excellent too and my treat is a Tandoori King Crab.

 

Q. What are the best places for global cuisine?
The Italian Sunday Brunch at the Park Hyatt is excellent otherwise I have to go up North to my two favourite restaurants: Go with the Flow on Baga Beach and Bomras in Candolim.

 

Q. Any unique restaurant that you’ve come across?
I have been meaning to try Le Roi Arthur near Mapsa-run by a French Couple in their house which needs to be booked in advance.
And… the best place to end a meal, the place with the best dessert!
Our own Chocolate Samosas at Vivenda Dos Palhacos always go down very well!

 

 

The debate about where to eat may have just gotten tougher, or you might see this as helping you make your choices. Either ways with around 17 restaurants and cafes to choose from, you’ll be licking your fingers for a long time! Bon Appetit!


 

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