Best authentic Goan restaurants to visit during your holiday

FEATURED Updated on Sep 18, 2019 by Alastair McClymont

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Fancy getting a true flavour of Goa during your escape? Make sure you consider dining at one of these great authentic eateries during your Goa holiday.

One of the most appealing aspects of any holiday to Goa has to be its food, and while holidaymakers will find ample opportunity to dine across a multitude of cuisines in the state, there's nothing quite like tucking into the very best of the local fare.

If you fancy keeping things authentic during your time in Goa, and trying traditional dishes such as fish xacuti and and chicken cafreal, as well as countless fresh seafood meals, here are three fantastic local restaurants to duck into for a hearty Goan meal.


Three great authentic Goan restaurants


Mum's Kitchen | Panjim

Consistently renowned for its fantastic Goan food as well as its marvellous fresh seafood, Mum's Kitchen is located in the Goan capital, Panjim, and is a great choice for those hoping for a traditional taste of Goa. Presenting a mixture of seafood dishes, typical Goan cuisine and even tribal Goan recipes, dishes such as kombdechem sukhem and lobster rachiado comprise their menu highlights.

Find out more about Mum's Kitchen.

Chicken Xacuti | Image credit: Mum's Kitchen

Traditional Goan curries | Image credit: HP Goa


Martin's Corner | Betalbatim

Delivering traditional and exotic cuisine in a setting which boasts a peaceful and attractive ambience, Martin's Corner is a renowned and award-winning restaurant just a short distance from the Alila Diwa hotel. The very best of Goan cuisine can be enjoyed here, including the likes of pork vindaloo and Goan fish curry, as well as an endless range of fresh seafood and dishes from other regions of India.

Find out more about Martin's Corner.

Marsala fried lobster | Image credit: Mami Eggroll

Martin's Corner interior | Image credit: HP Goa


Fisherman's Wharf | Cavelossim/Mobor

Boasting an idyllic position alongside the River Sal and next-door to The Leela, Fisherman's Wharf provides an authentic experience both on your plate and in the vistas it affords across the water. Typical Goan fishing scenes populate the river and river banks, delivering a traditional backdrop to accompany your delicious masala crab or red snapper if that takes your fancy, though there are a range of other fantastic seafood dishes to choose from. The Goan fish curry here is among the best you'll encounter in the state, and who knows, perhaps the fish on your plate was caught by one of the fisherman going about his day to day life on the banks opposite the restaurant?

Find out more about Fisherman's Wharf

Masala fried crab 

View across the river from Fisherman's Wharf


You can learn more about the fantastic and diverse cuisine of Goa by visiting the Food and Drink Guide on our website.


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