One of the most tempting things about visiting Goa on holiday is the food. Whether you’re a foodie or struggle with your appetite, these Skyscanner recommendations are sure to get you talking thanks to a combination of sumptuous fare and tasteful decor, not to mention the coastal location, of course.
1. Ku Goa, Morjim
This unique tropical restaurant has a cool vibe that brings new meaning to the word ‘retreat.’ Surrounded by paddy fields, you wouldn’t know that you’re just a five minute walk from Ashwem beach. This is the kind of place where artists and 'chilled-out types' will enjoy imbibing at the wine bar or just relaxing in laid-back bamboo and tropical palm surroundings. Gazpacho, carpaccio, mussels and other fresh seafood are just a few items you can get here, or just ask the chef to whip up something special for you from the kitchen, to suit your tastebuds. A meal for two costs about INR 1000.
2. Tizumi, Margao
Finally, a Pan-Asian bistro has arrived in South Goa! This recently opened split-level place is great for casual dining with oodles of character to charm your pants off and tempt your palate at the same time. This is the place to visit if you’re craving Far Eastern street food, like Hawker’s style prawns or dim sum. With a string of favourites on the menu like Malaysian Laksa soup, Stir-fry duck and Thai fish cakes, it’s hard to leave without a contented smile on your face. Meat-lovers shouldn’t miss the Tizumi Signature Char Sui Pork which comes with rice and vegetables. The Lemongrass and tender coconut souffle is the dessert cherry-on-top! A meal for two costs approximately INR 1200. Read more: 10 best places for dessert in India
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3. Antares, Vagator
This place isn’t even open yet, but that hasn’t failed to turn it into the most anticipated restaurant launch of the season. The reason might have something to do with the fact that Masterchef Australia chef Sarah Todd is linked to it. Located atop a cliff with an unparalleled view of the Arabian sea lapping against the shores of Vagator beach, this restaurant promises to deliver a relaxing ambience as well as five-star food. After downing a host of mouth-wateringly tempting cocktails, chose from sumptuous menu items that claim to be ‘Modern Australian with an Asian influence.’ Simple cuisine with fresh ingredients and stunning beach views – Antares promises to take casual fine dining to another level. A meal for two costs roughly INR 3500.
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4. A Reverie, Calangute
This open-air restaurant has a large patio and oozes elegance from its contemporary chic facade and decor to the meticulously prepared food that arrives at your table. This is the place to celebrate those special occasions with a private gazebo and a menu catered especially for your event. Lobster tail preparations, extraordinary variations of traditional Fish and Chips and exotic experiments with noodles are just a few menu items on offer that will tickle your tastebuds with delight. A meal for two costs about INR 2500. Read more: 9 best chill-out cafes in Goa
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5. Maracas, Porvorim
The black and white interiors and modestly sophisticated and the outside is encased in palm fronds and streams of little lights to create a nice intimate mood. This restaurants has the best of international cuisine and fusion food turned into sharing plates and bite-sizes that make this a great place to visit with friends or on a first date. Try the Tamarind margarita and chase it down with a helping of Bloody Mary prawns or Mini-burger sliders. A meal for two is roughtly INR 1200. Read more: Wine, spirits and cocktails to try on your Goa holiday
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6. Soul Souffle, Verna
If it’s your first time to this eatery, put aside enough time to find the quaint hideaway snuggled next to Uddear springs and waterfall. The small cosy spread of white and blue done up in a shack-like structure, with comfortable pillows in comfortable nooks is utterly welcoming and feels like a warm embrace. The fact that the food is out of this world and worth every penny is the reason to come here. The cocktails here are spectacular, just tell the barman what you like and he’ll whip up something special for you. Try the mozzarella stuffed mushrooms and if you like your standard fare, the steak. But for something more adventurous, order the chicken waffle with maple chilli and the samurai prawns. The remoteness of this area and its romantic ambience makes it a great place to take a loved one. A meal for two costs roughly INR 1500.
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7. Bomras, Candolim
If you’ve ever wondered what Burmese food tastes like, you must visit this hidden gem in Goa. The chef combines rich flavours from Burmese heritage with tastes from India, Laos, Thailand and China to create a refined, sophisticated menu of sublime dishes. Try the homemade fried tofu with tamarind soya sauce or crispy fried sardine and for mains, savour the Ohnohkawksuey coconut noodle soup with chicken, boiled egg and fish cake. The lemon grass and ginger creme brulee is an exciting finish to an unforgettable meal. A meal for two costs approximately INR 2000.
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8. Barrels and Bones, Panjim
Nothing quite says classy steakhouse like this new restaurant that’s a hit in the Mala area of Panjim. BBQ grills and meaty steaks are THE thing to have here, but there are hearty servings of pizzas, burgers and salads here if that’s not your thing. Most evenings have atmospheric live music and there’s a cosy outside section. Don’t miss the vintage posters hanging from every wall. A meal for two costs about INR 1800.
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9. Le Poisson Rouge, Arpora
The inspired space full of bamboo and palm trees in a lush garden embraces this well-established restaurant that forms the final word in French cooking with a local influence. The style of cuisine is uniquely contemporary Indo-French cuisine, with irresistible items like River crab and tender coconut tempura, and Green Thai curry Mussel veloute on the menu. Main dishes like the King Prawns ravioli with lemongrass emulsion and the Honey and Tamarind roasted pork piccata are exotic finds that will tempt the palate. Top off your meal with a mango, passion fruit and guava trifle, and you won’t be disappointed. A meal for two costs roughly INR 2000.
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10. Black Sheep Bistro, Panjim
For a dining experience with a conscience, head to this newly arrived place that has very quickly become popular, not least because of its Happy Hour! Start off with pitchers of ice-cold sangria, BSB’s specialty handcrafted cocktails or wine brought in by the establishment’s very own sommelier. Combined with the groovy, lounge-music in the background, this venue takes on an unbeatable, chilled-out vibe. The farm-to-table philosophy of this venture ensures that you’ll be sampling contemporary Goan fusion food at its best. A meal for two costs approximately INR 1500.
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