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5 Must-Visit Restaurants in Goa for Food Lovers

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An ideal beachside vacation is never complete without some sun, sand, and lots of delicious food. As India’s leading holiday destination, there is much to be discovered by food lovers who decide to spend their time in Goa. A region steeped in culinary legacy, you will find the most exotic of foods served in the restaurants of Goa, places that promise a gala time for all your senses, and a tummy-satisfying experience for your inner gourmand.

Bhatti Village

It doesn’t get any quainter than Bhatti Village, one of the most loved restaurants in Goa, which surprisingly is also one of its hidden gems. Owned by Patrick and Merciana D’Souza, the simple eatery in the town of Nerul has no menu. While they have a few regular dishes, the pork vindaloo is a hot favorite, the fish is the catch-of-the-day, and thus ever-changing.

Applying a hands-on approach, the owners always recommend dishes to their guests while creating a pleasant and friendly atmosphere. If, in search of authentic Goan or homemade Portuguese cooking, Bhatti Village is the must-visit restaurant in Goa.

Address: Bhatti Waddo, Nerul, Goa 403114

Antares

There are several good reasons to visit Antares, located in Vagator alongside the beach. At the helm of this culinary destination is Sarah Todd, MasterChef Australia participant, and one of India’s leading celebrity chefs at present. The food is a fusion of Sarah’s native Australian cuisine mixed with Goan ethos. The spectacular seascapes further compliment the food, whereas the beach club makes it amongst the chicest spots in Goa to party.

Dining at Antares can be a little pricey, but the flavorsome food more than makes up for it. The bouillabaisse a’la Antares, Goan choriz pizza, surf and turf, seafood on the grill, and young coconut panna cotta are some of the dishes you have to try when eating at Antares. Also, make sure to book a “sea view” table as they are in demand on most days.

Address: Small Vagator, Ozran Beach, Vagator, Goa 403509

Gunpowder

Vibrant, colorful, and alive, with a hint of quirkiness, Gunpowder is quite simply oh-so-Goan. Located inside a Portuguese bungalow in Assagao, the restaurant also has a clothes boutique next door for those looking to add shopping to their culinary outing. Featuring a range of dishes, primarily from South India, the menu at Gunpowder boasts of highlighting unique family recipes, passed down over generations.

With plenty to eat for vegetarians and non-vegetarians, make sure you start your meal with the zingy soondal, followed by the Andhra prawn masala. Gunpowder’s other specialties include spicy chorizo stir-fry with egg, toddy shop meen curry, crispy netholi fry, and mockahlua – a coffee liqueur and cake dessert.

Address: No. 6, Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, Goa 403507

Martin’s Corner

Martin’s Corner walks the thin line between a classy restaurant and a shack foodie experience, perfectly. Popular with locals, tourists, and celebrities, the atmosphere is laidback Goan, service friendly, and the food fresh and delicious. A must-visit restaurant in Goa, Martin’s Corner, is close enough to the water to display strong beachside vibes. At the same time, it creates a fun family ambiance with live music and cheerful interiors.

When it comes to the menu, look at nothing but their Goan fare. The tongue roast, if available, is a must-have, as is mackerel recheado. The king crab, Martin’s exotic seafood platter, and shark ambotik rice are three more dishes that will undoubtedly transport you to foodie heaven.

Address: 69, Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Goa 403713

O’Coqueiro

O’Coqueiro is famous for two things. It is the place where notorious killer Charles Sobraj was apprehended. And also, for serving the first chicken cafreal in Goa. Boasting of the very best in Goan Portuguese food, O’Coqueiro, meaning coconut tree, has been a beloved eatery in Goa since 1968. Oozing an old-world-charm, opt for their al fresco dining to breathe in fresh Goan air while you savor local delicacies.

The food at O’Coqueiro uses local ingredients to exemplify Goan flavors beautifully. The main dishes to try are the crab and asparagus soup, tisryo sukhe – Goan clams cooked in spices and fresh coconut, moonga gathi for the vegetarians, and of course, the tandoori tiger prawns. At the very end, don’t forget to relish the absolutely delightful feni mango crumble pie.

Address: NH 17, Near Coqueiro Circle Alto Porvorim, Bardez, Penha de França, Goa 403521

Conclusion

From beachside shacks selling the freshest of seafood to high-end celebrity-owned restaurants severing gourmet delights, Goa offers its visitors a multitude of gastronomic opportunities to suit different budgets and tastes.

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