Some of the best restaurants in Panjim are forgotten because many expats and travelers stay in Anjuna or too far away, but they are so good, it’s a shame. While writing this I’m kicking myself for not driving the 35 minutes more often!
Best Restaurants in Panjim
Baba’s Wood Café
A bit hard to find in Fountainhas, this is my favorite Italian in Panjim and might even have better pizzas than Basilico and Baba Au Rhum! Make sure you’re Google Maps are working before you head here and bring a little extra money to spend because there is a shop inside. They sell mostly furniture and artwork.
Their homemade pasta is unreal. I love the bolognaise spaghetti and beef ravioli, as well as the creamy four cheese sauce on penne. The pizzas are baked in a wood fired oven and only once did we get one we didn’t like (it was a little too sloppy). The first time we went, we were in awe of how tasty it was. The prosciutto is a great option or you can ask for bolognaise sauce on the pizza. The huge chunks of fresh mozzarella are what make it better than it’s competitors though. Homemade gelato and tiramisu finish things off nicely.
Location: Mala 49 (Fontainhas)
I freaking love this place. It’s kind of an American diner and it’s the same guy from Tin Tin’s in Vagator. The Nachos are the best I’ve had in Goa hands down. The beef burger was delicious and the homemade fries and onion rings were perfect. I can’t wait to go back! OH, and the milkshakes are Baskin Robbins deliciousness.
Location: Avanti, Opposite Patto Bridge, Rua de Ourem, Mala | Above Union Bank
One of the best Chinese restaurants in Goa. There are a lot of SE Asia restaurants, but this one is real Chinese and just perfect. It’s more fine dining and is located in the Caculo Mall in Panjim near Magson’s supermarket on the top floor. They have a brunch on Sundays but it’s not all that flash. The dimsum is my favorite. I love the sweet and sour pork and crispy lamb, as well as general Tso’s chicken.
Location: Caculo Mall | 4th Floor level 5
Tao and Pan Asian Bowl
Both are these are recommended all the time as great Chinese and SE Asia food, but if you’re going all the way to Panjim, my opinion is Mainland China is better. If you’re not going to Panjim and want SE Asia, just go to Wok and Roll in Candolim!
Location: Tao: A/1, Pinto Arcade | Campa. Pan Asian Bowl: Bella Goa Annexe | Next to Hotel Solmar, Near Bina Punjani Hair Studio, Miramar
Black Sheep Bistro
A newer restaurant which mixes fine French dining and Goan seafood specialties. If you follow along on their Facebook page you’ll see their special “Soma” nights and it’s a good place to go for cocktails and fusion food.
Location: Swami Vivekanand Road, Next to Icici Bank
This might be the most famous Goan restaurant in Goa, but it’s definitely the most famous in Panjim. Expect delicious seafood and slow service… which really is the Goan way!
Location: 854, Martin’s Building, D B Street, Miramar, Near Times Of India Office
There are two locations for the bakery (the other is on the main road to Ashwem). Owned by a French woman, you can expect great desserts and pastries here. They cater to many local restaurants. They also have quiches and other European brunch or lunch food. They deliver cakes and cupcakes.
Location: Rivzi Tower, 18th June Road, next to Don Bosco Petrol pump, Campal | next to Browadway Library and Rock & Raga
A very famous place for backpackers and travelers. Known for Goan food but also selling international options and booze, this is a nice place to stop in to meet people.
Location: 31st January Road | Sao Tomé
a tiny mention for expats missing home:
KFC and Subway. The KFC is also in the mall on the bottom floor and the Subway is near the river on the road out to the INOX movie theatre near the petrol pump.
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