From a delightful seafood meal in a beach shack with your toes in the sand to the fabulous fine dining in a luxurious hotel, Southern Goa has a wonderful range of restaurants to suit every budget.
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One thing that sticks in my mind when I think about Goa and that is the delicious cuisine oozing with spices and dripping with coconut milk. There's no doubt that the food of Goa has been a big hit with all of us at The Goa Experience.
Here we’ve selected all our favourite eateries in South Goa.
1. Village Square, Park Hyatt
Cuisine: International, Indian, Goan and Italian
Location: Arossim Beach, Cansaulim
The Village Square is an al fresco dining area from where you can select from the menus of not one but four different eateries. On one side you’ll find the hotel’s signature restaurant Casa Sarita which serves authentic Goan cuisine. Then there's the Italian restaurant Da Luigi and Masala serving robust Indian fare and lastly, casual dining at the 24 hour Village Café.
A meal at the Village Square is perfect for a family with differing tastes as you can each order from a different menu if you wish but still sit together. You could even start your meal with a Goan dish, have an Italian main course and an Indian dessert. The best of all worlds!
Location: Utorda Beach, Utorda, Salcette
With a lovely view of the beach and a laid back vibe, you’ll find excellent seafood here. In the evenings pretty colourful lanterns make it even more inviting. Service can be a little slow but the food is worth the wait and the views of the sunset can be superb.
“We stopped here on my first day in Goa and damn it was good. The freshest catch (stuffed crab, king prawns, calamari – you name it) and the spices and flavours of freshly prepared Indian Cuisine made for a fine feast.!”
Becky, Sales Consultant
3. Martin’s Corner
Cuisine: Goan, Indian, Chinese and Seafood
Location: Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Salcette
This highly regarded restaurant came from modest beginnings but is now a relatively large, atmospheric restaurant and bar where you can eat authentic South Indian cuisine with many excellent international dishes also on offer. This is where the locals go for good food, always a good sign.
4. The Garden
Cuisine: Indian, Asian, Chinese, Seafood
Colva Beach Road, Colva
My personal favourite is the unassuming restaurant, The Garden, just a short stroll from the seafront along Colva Beach Road. I once ate here with 6 friends and we all ordered something different from the Goan and Indian menu. I tried a little of everything and my taste buds have never been so delighted. I loved it all from spicy Goan sausages to the Chicken Xacuti as well as all the other wonderful dishes that I can’t now remember (let alone pronounce). Service was quick and friendly and the bill was a shock – far less than we were expecting – superb on every level.
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5. Lobster Shack – Taj Exotica
Location: Taj Exotica, Benaulim
This is the perfect spot from where to enjoy the Goan sunset while tucking into fresh seafood by the beach. You can expect great service here, friendly staff and a romantic atmosphere.
Website: Taj Exotica
6. Fisherman’s Wharf
Cuisine: Fusion food infused with Goan influences, specialising unsurprisingly in seafood
Location: Mobor Beach, Cavelossim
Now a small chain of popular restaurants, this is where the story began with the Fisherman’s Wharf on the banks of the River Sal in the village of Cavelossim. This atmospheric restaurant with low key live music, serves excellent food. Book in advance if you would like a riverside table.
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“The views of Sal River are just beautiful here. I could spend hours watching the fishermen come in with their catch-up of the day.”
Katie, Product Manager
7. Riverside - The Leela
Cuisine: Italian Fine Dining
Location: East end of the hotel overlooking Sal River, Mobor, Cavelossim
Nearby, also on the banks of the River Sal, you’ll find another wonderful romantic restaurant attached to the luxurious hotel, The Leela, with a similar interesting view. From the freshly made pasta or the pizza straight from the oven to the delicious risottos, the food here is superb and complemented with a great selection of wines and beers.
Do you have a favourite restaurant in South Goa?