It seems every season in Goa restaurants close and new ones open that become the talk of the town. My favorites are still here thank God, but there are ones which I hadn’t yet discovered, and actual new ones that I’m loving! So I’ll share some old and some new best restaurants in North Goa to look out for the 2014-2015 season.
Usually I go into LOTS of detail on what I like to order (I have tried basically everything on every menu in Goa) but for the sake of my sanity I can’t do that on a list this long! I’ll tell you a little snapshot though of my top 15 then just list some after that. These are pretty much in order of how much I like them/ how often I go to them.
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Best Restaurants in North Goa 2015
1. Thalassa // Vagator.
My favorite place to hang out for drinks, the best sunset spot in Goa, and delicious Greek food. She’ll do takeaway if you’re not up for a big night out, but Thalassa will always be my favorite place in Goa.
2. Go With the Flow // Baga.
This place JUMPED to the top of my list this year. I’m obsessed. I could eat here every day if I had the money. I love the goat cheese starter, momos with honey glaze, calamari (so good), and the PORK BELLY is divine on this apple puree with corn and bacon croquettes. I love the steak with prosciutto wrapped potato and the slow cooked lamb risotto. It’s Argentinean (or Brazilian) and the churros are SO good. They now serve Japanese food (sushi included).
3. Basilico // Anjuna.
One of my two favorite places for Italian food. I absolutely love the pizzas, broccoli gorgonzola starter, spicy clams, and the bolognaise. The desserts are to die for. Be sure to pre-order the crème brulee.
4. Sakana // Vagator Chapora ish.
It used to be the only Japanese restaurant I knew of in Goa, and although now there is some competition, Sakana is still my favorite place for Japanese. I love the beef yakiniku, chicken katsu, and momos. You should get a side of the gomae salad.
5. Villa Blanche // Assagao.
This little German café is right now the road from me. I love brunch here: bagels with cream cheese and ham, chicken salad with pineapple, German meatballs, and of course the Sunday brunch (book ahead).
6. A Reverie // Calangute.
This is the best place for fine dining in my opinion.Ever year they change the menu (sometimes going a bit overboard with funky names…) but luckily still have some of my favorites. The chicken “wing” starter, goat cheese salad, the steak with onion jam (which sadly no longer comes with mac n cheese), and the triple chocolate dessert. This is the best place for steak in Goa.
7. Baba Au Rhum // Anjuna.
A great place for lunch or dinner. They’ve relocated from Arpora to Anjuna this year just past Orchard’s. The new jungle spot is super cute. They make homemade ham which is killer on pizzas and crossaint and cheese sandwiches. It’s French but has a large variety and great pastries. Love the strawberry daiquiri.
8. Sublime // Morjim.
This is a famous little place right on the beach. The chef is known for being innovative. I love the mezze platter, chicken and lettuce wraps, blue cheese stuffed beef, and the calamari.
9. O Fogo // Panjim – REMOVED – SHUT DOWN.
10. Route 66 // Panjim
For a dose of America, I go here for nachos, burgers, fries, chicken wings, and even a coney dog. Heads up: lots of dijon mustard on everything, I usually ask for it on the side as it’s quite over powering. This is the closest food to American diner food I’ve found in Goa.
11. Fiesta // Baga.
I love Fiesta! It’s right on the beach (the shack side is anyways) and the steaks are divine, the goat cheese salad is so good, and I love the pizzas as well. Everything I’ve tried is yum.
12. Ciao Bella // Assagao.
This is a fabulous Italian place; it actually might be my favorite. It’s near my house and also does takeaway. On Saturday they do pizza. I love the mascarpone ravioli with bolognaise and the French onion soup. All the homemade pastas are good and usually the “special” appetizer of the day is something I order.
13. Wok n Roll // Sinquerim.
Delicious Southeast Asian food. The complimentary starter is super yummy. I love the beef in oyster sauce, drunken beef, dimsum, and honey-glazed spare ribs. Also the Malaysian roll (starter) and garlic peppered deep fried prawns. Fried icecream for dessert!
14. Artjuna // Anjuna
By no means fine dining, this is one of my most frequented lunch spots. I love the tuna sandwich, the mozeralla and pesto sandwich (all on homemade bread) and the ice tea because it’s all sugar and that’s right up my alley! They do really good hummus and tahini.
15. Café de Goa // Calangute
This is where I ate Sunday brunch all monsoon, and although brunch will end for peak season, it’s a great place for waffles, German food, and simple but tasty brunches. She makes great cakes to order for birthdays.
Honorable Mentions for Best Restaurants in North Goa
There are so many more that are SO good but there are too many to write about them all. The 15 above are my favorites, but here are some more that I love as well in case you’re bored of those ones.
Monkey Bar // Anjuna- Goan
Anand bar // Assagao- Goan
La Plage // Ashwem- French
Republic of Noodles // Candolim- SE Asian
Natti’s Naturals // Arpora- Health Food
Travel Bar // Candolim- Fusion
Lloyd’s BBQ // Candolim- Goan
Gunpowder // Assagao- S. Indian
J&A’s // Baga- Italian
Cantare // Saligao- Intercontinental
Scarlet Juice // Chapora- Juice
Rara Avis // Baga- French
Simply Thai // Vagator- Thai and French
Café Delicieux // Ashwem – French
Sur La Mer // Ashwem- Fusion/ Fine dining
Mainland China // Panjim- Chinese
Baba’s Wood Café // Panjim- Italian
Roma Pizza // Chapora- Do Delivery
Burger Factory // Anjuna – Burgers
Shamba // Anjuna – Intercontinental
LaMuella // Manrem or Arambol- Cafe
And here are some that are on my list of places to try once they open up for season!
Some of which I can’t believe I still haven’t gotten to because they just have rave reviews. I have a feeling by looking at the menu I-95 will be on the top of my list next year!
- I-95 // Saligao
- Chef Soumyens
- Bomras // Candolim
- Ernesto’s // Panjim
- Fellini’s // Arambol
- Thai n Wok // Panjim
- Oltremarino // Vagator
- Rockfish // Baga
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