Nov 28, 2017

One of the best things in Goa are all the delicious food options one can choose from. The list below reflects places we frequent and love for their food and vibe. We hope to keep adding to this list, as there so many incredible restaurants out there that our palates are yet to sample.

Please feel free to share with us, your favourite eatery in Goa, we are happy to put it up on our blog. E-mail us at nikki@woofwoof.in

Sur La Mer

Without a doubt, the best Indian food in Goa is at Sur La Mer. If you’re in the mood for home-style-cooking, full of flavour, authentic Indian food — this is the place. We have never eaten such good butter chicken, kaali dal (black lentils), aloo gobi, saag, meat masala, fresh naans from the tandoor... the list is never ending. A beauty of a hotel situated in Morjim, Sur La Mer is run by Rajoo and his beautiful wife Nayan. Rajoo is a fantastic cook / entertainer and if you’re lucky enough you might get a taste of his culinary skills. Better for evenings, book in advance and be prepared to eat your hearts out!

Ashwem, 0832 645 3102, open 8am to 11pm, reservation advised

Sur La Mer

Without a doubt, the best Indian food in Goa is at Sur La Mer. If you’re in the mood for home-style-cooking, full of flavour, authentic Indian food — this is the place. We have never eaten such good butter chicken, kaali dal (black lentils), aloo gobi, saag, meat masala, fresh naans from the tandoor... the list is never ending. A beauty of a hotel situated in Morjim, Sur La Mer is run by Rajoo and his beautiful wife Nayan. Rajoo is a fantastic cook / entertainer and if you’re lucky enough you might get a taste of his culinary skills. Better for evenings, book in advance and be prepared to eat your hearts out!

Ashwem, 0832 645 3102, open 8am to 11pm, reservation advised

La Plage

Our favourite restaurant in Goa to eat a chic n’ filling meal, chill out by the beach and always a bonus to catch up with Florence and family. I remember coming here in the early 2000’s when nothing was around, they were pioneers then and now, an institution favoured by all — La Plage is the place to be in Ashwem. It is as popular with the local expats as it is with travellers from all over the world, celebrity‘s (Jude Law was spotted here last year), the who’s who of society. Apart from the amazing atmosphere, we love the burgers, chocolate thali, saffron risotto with grilled prawns, sesame grilled tuna…This season they have a new a menu to taste and sample.

Ashwem beach, +91 982 212 1712, open 8.30am to 11.30am / 12.30 to 4pm, 7.30pm to 10pm. reservation advised

Sublime

Chef Christopher Saleem Agha Bee needs no introduction and neither does Sublime. Anyone who has eaten there has always gone back for the delicious food - art on a plate with delectable flavours and the great ambiance – it’s on a beach and the décor is just so right. Sublime truly represents the best of Goa vibe. It’s on all travellers list as a must and is a favourite amongst local expats living in Goa. For us, it’s Chri’s energy and passion for food that keeps taking us back. He loves what he does and it shows on the plate. The menu is original and eclectic like the chef himself. A must when in Morjim!

Morjim Beach Road, open 12pm to 4pm / 6pm to 11pm , follow on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SublimeMorjim/

Sublime

Chef Christopher Saleem Agha Bee needs no introduction and neither does Sublime. Anyone who has eaten there has always gone back for the delicious food - art on a plate with delectable flavours and the great ambiance – it’s on a beach and the décor is just so right. Sublime truly represents the best of Goa vibe. It’s on all travellers list as a must and is a favourite amongst local expats living in Goa. For us, it’s Chri’s energy and passion for food that keeps taking us back. He loves what he does and it shows on the plate. The menu is original and eclectic like the chef himself. A must when in Morjim!

Matsya

We’ve had the pleasure of eating at Matsya only twice, but this season plan to be back for more when the new location pops up. By reservations only, Matsya is a thoroughly engaging experience enjoyed best with your loved ones. Chef Gome (Galily) serves a several course menu according to the catch of the day, fresh produce and dietary restrictions, if there are any. His delicious food is like eating art off a plate, beautifully crafted and presented. A rare hidden gem of Goa, Matsya goes beyond the expected, leaving you feeling happy on the inside, and outside.

Yet to open, 875218719 or 8390918385, book one day in advance, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Matsya-Freestyle-Kitchen-461767867262051/

Ciao Bella

A little slice of Italy in Assagao, Goa, thanks to Mario and Simona — both old India hands. Ciao Bella often opens early on in the season (August) and is a real treat for those living here. It is a preferred haunt of expats and long-term visitors, and as its popularity has grown, discerning diners say it’s the best pasta and pizza in India. The daily specials are always creatively put together, don’t worry if you don't understand Mario when he takes you through them, they are written up too. Only open in the evenings, Ciao Bella is an elegant, comfortable dining experience.

I go there mostly for the pizza’s — the truffle oil pizza with the rucola salda is one of my favourite combos.

Assagao, open for dinner only, 7pm to 11pm, 08322257148, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Ciao-Bella-411382442245655/?fref=ts

Ciao Bella

A little slice of Italy in Assagao, Goa, thanks to Mario and Simona — both old India hands. Ciao Bella often opens early on in the season (August) and is a real treat for those living here. It is a preferred haunt of expats and long-term visitors, and as its popularity has grown, discerning diners say it’s the best pasta and pizza in India. The daily specials are always creatively put together, don’t worry if you don't understand Mario when he takes you through them, they are written up too. Only open in the evenings, Ciao Bella is an elegant, comfortable dining experience.

I go there mostly for the pizza’s — the truffle oil pizza with the rucola salda is one of my favourite combos.

Assagao, open for dinner only, 7pm to 11pm, 08322257148, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Ciao-Bella-411382442245655/?fref=ts

Gunpowder

One of the few really good restaurants open during monsoon, Gunpowder is a favourite for many. We first visited this restaurant when it opened in Delhi as a hole-in-the-wall. Even then it was packed with people often waiting to eat the unique flavours of South India. With its bohemian style of decor, chilled atmosphere and delicious dishes, Gunpowder always gets it right. We almost always order the beef, pumpkin, okra with fresh appams. While you're there, do check out ‘People Tree’ another export from Delhi. Creatively and organically inspired clothing, accessories, gift items and detergents!

Assagao, open 8am to 11am / 12pm to 3.30pm / 7pm to 11pm, 0832-2268091 / 0832-2268083, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/gunpowdergoa

Villa Blanche Bistro

Villa Blanche has a dreamy, relaxed feel to it...a cozy bubble in the middle of a Goan village. We often stop by for coffee and dessert, and on many occasions have packed their food for our guests on woof woof. The restaurant is set in a tropical garden of an old Portuguese Villa with an open kitchen enticing all your tastebuds. The menu is reminiscent of an old-fashioned European cafe with a modern twist of vegan and gluten free too. On Sundays, they have their famous Brunch Buffet, the place to find all foodies. A really satisfying experience to eat here, service is great, food reminds you of continental Europe, vibes are shanti...

Assago, 9 am to 11 pm, Wednesday’s closed, +91 9822155099, www.villablanche-goa.com, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Villa-Blanche-Bistro-Goa-339352752874990/?fref=ts

Villa Blanche Bistro

Villa Blanche has a dreamy, relaxed feel to it...a cozy bubble in the middle of a Goan village. We often stop by for coffee and dessert, and on many occasions have packed their food for our guests on woof woof. The restaurant is set in a tropical garden of an old Portuguese Villa with an open kitchen enticing all your tastebuds. The menu is reminiscent of an old-fashioned European cafe with a modern twist of vegan and gluten free too. On Sundays, they have their famous Brunch Buffet, the place to find all foodies. A really satisfying experience to eat here, service is great, food reminds you of continental Europe, vibes are shanti...

Assago, 9 am to 11 pm, Wednesday’s closed, +91 9822155099, www.villablanche-goa.com, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Villa-Blanche-Bistro-Goa-339352752874990/?fref=ts

Sakana

There’s a real electric buzz to Sakana. Israeli-Japanese couple Eliko and Mali have designed and built this industrial-psychedelic Japanese inn (izakaya) and serve authentic Japanese foods. A regular haunt of ours for the tuna teriyaki, beef yakiniku and an assortment of sushi. Portions are great and if you like your sake, no better place then this. We have always had a great meal here and often go there on special occasions. Totally worth the visit!

Chapora Road, Vagator, open 12am to 12pm, +91 989 013 5502, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sakana-Goa-535641643179203/

The Living Room

Started by Sanjay Khullar, Season’s Catering & Hotel Group, The Living Room is a smart hotel with excellent food based in Vagatore. We already know and love the quality of their kitchen from Delhi. Bringing the same home-cooked taste to Goa, TLR’s Indian food is ‘Punjabi Style’ yumminess. If we don’t end up going there eat -CholaBhatura’s or Chicken Tikka Masala, Dal Tadka and Aloo Gobi, we parcel it home. If you’re not in the mood for Indian, try their Lebanese fare equally yum. The service is excellent and the staff is super friendly. In the middle of all the action, TLR is hard to miss.

Vagatore Beach Road, open 7am to 12am, 0832 227 3433, follow on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivingRoomGoa/

The Living Room

Started by Sanjay Khullar, Season’s Catering & Hotel Group, The Living Room is a smart hotel with excellent food based in Vagatore. We already know and love the quality of their kitchen from Delhi. Bringing the same home-cooked taste to Goa, TLR’s Indian food is ‘Punjabi Style’ yumminess. If we don’t end up going there eat -CholaBhatura’s or Chicken Tikka Masala, Dal Tadka and Aloo Gobi, we parcel it home. If you’re not in the mood for Indian, try their Lebanese fare equally yum. The service is excellent and the staff is super friendly. In the middle of all the action, TLR is hard to miss.

Vagatore Beach Road, open 7am to 12am, 0832 227 3433, follow on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LivingRoomGoa/

Thalassa

Thalassais an institution in Goa. Brainchild of a powerhouse named - Mariketty, Thalassa means ‘Sea’ in Greek and offers the most gorgeous views of the Arabian Sea. Situated on a hill in Small Vagator, this open-air restaurant is popular for lunch and electric by night. The evening ambiance is flittered with Greek dance performances, belly dancing, fire dances and so much more. The restaurant is designedtaverna style, and serves authentic Greek food. It can be packed at nights so be prepared for a lot of fun n’ mayhem.Thestaff is friendly and the food service is great. We love our Gyros rolls, tzatziki and Greek salad.Plus, I like to shop and Thalassa offers plenty of goodies from various designers across the globe to choose from.

Vagatore, open 8am to 11.30pm, 098500 33537, follow on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/thalassaindia/

Cream Choc

Undoubtedly the best gelato in Goa, and I would go as far as saying in India. Only problem is that it’s so good that you always want more. Situated at the junction of Mermaid Boutique and Orchard super market, Cream Choc is a real must in Goa. Why? Because everyone loves ice cream! Well, Gelato. They have an array of flavours from seasonal fresh fruits to five different types of chocolate. Just writing about them is making me salivate. We often pick up our gelato from here when we have guests in town or if we’re having a dinner. Try yours in a cup or in one of their waffle cones! While you're there, have a look at Mermaids Boutique!

Anjuna, Open, 9am to 12am, 097643 96831, Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cream-Choc-Goa/1516376095291031?fref=ts

Cream Choc

Undoubtedly the best gelato in Goa, and I would go as far as saying in India. Only problem is that it’s so good that you always want more. Situated at the junction of Mermaid Boutique and Orchard super market, Cream Choc is a real must in Goa. Why? Because everyone loves ice cream! Well, Gelato. They have an array of flavours from seasonal fresh fruits to five different types of chocolate. Just writing about them is making me salivate. We often pick up our gelato from here when we have guests in town or if we’re having a dinner. Try yours in a cup or in one of their waffle cones! While you're there, have a look at Mermaids Boutique!

Anjuna, Open, 9am to 12am, 097643 96831, Follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cream-Choc-Goa/1516376095291031?fref=ts

Spice Goa

You can’t come to Goa and not eat a fish thali or xacuti or rava fish. Our favourite place for authentic Goan cuisine, especially seafood, is Spice Goa. Discretely located off the Mapusa highway (Goa-Mumbai), Spice Goa is built on three levels and is almost always packed. You will mostly find only locals eating there, it’s a restaurant people always go back to. The food is excellent, the service is great (very friendly staff), an in-out affair leaving you totally satisfied. We usually go in the evenings and almost always have the banana prawns, crab xacuti, rava squid and tandoori pomfret. The vegetarian selection is excellent, offering the same Goan spices and experience. Highly recommend this for a visit or take-away!

Karaswada Junction, Mapsua, 076888 88472, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/spice1goa/?fref=ts

Maracas

Situated in Porvorim, opposite O’ Coquerio, ‘Maracas’ with its salmon coloured walls and colourful signage is easy to spot. Depending on which side you enter, they have a courtyard for an outdoor seating space and an air-conditioned indoors. The concept is more or less a ‘tapas’ styled menu with eastern and western influences. Go half or full portion — share your plate with a loved one. We loved the Spinach And Feta Bites and the Roasted Red Pepper And Zucchini. Lots of options for vegetarians and any meat lover will find plenty to pick from too. They do have live music nights as well, best to check on that. If you’re in the area and hungry, this is the place for you. The food can be a bit heavy, so bare that in mind. They have a fully stocked bar!

Porvorim, open, 11.30am to 12.30pm, 088055 86728, www.maracas-goa.com, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Maracas-228588033877794/?fref=ts

Maracas

Situated in Porvorim, opposite O’ Coquerio, ‘Maracas’ with its salmon coloured walls and colourful signage is easy to spot. Depending on which side you enter, they have a courtyard for an outdoor seating space and an air-conditioned indoors. The concept is more or less a ‘tapas’ styled menu with eastern and western influences. Go half or full portion — share your plate with a loved one. We loved the Spinach And Feta Bites and the Roasted Red Pepper And Zucchini. Lots of options for vegetarians and any meat lover will find plenty to pick from too. They do have live music nights as well, best to check on that. If you’re in the area and hungry, this is the place for you. The food can be a bit heavy, so bare that in mind. They have a fully stocked bar!

Porvorim, open all day, 088055 86728, www.maracas-goa.com, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Maracas-228588033877794/?fref=ts

Black Sheep Bistro

Located in Panjim, The Black Sheep Bistro is one of the city's premier modern restaurants, serving delicious food and great wines with a warm atmosphere. Whenever we are in Panjim, we alternate between BSB and Ritz Cafe (dhaba-style classic). The cooking style here is globally inspired dishes with an extensive menu to choose from. It’s a great social evening out, tasty food (good portions), great wine list, friendly service, nice atmosphere. If you are there in the day be sure to check out Sacha’s store next door for some eclectic goodies for yourself and your home!

Panjim, open 12pm to 1am, 098817 31901, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theblacksheepbistrogoa/?fref=ts

Bomras

Tucked away on the busy Fort Aguada road, is Bomras, a gastronomic delight for the discerning palate. The food is decidedly Burmese with influences from nearby cuisines of China, India, Laos and Thailand. My husband and I always end up eating there when in the area. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the preparation of the dishes, balancing delicate flavours. The open-air restaurant makes a very comfortable and tasteful atmosphere. Last time we were there, we met a young Australian artist who had finished an impressive bird mural on one of the walls. We love the tomato salad, tea-infused salad, prawn curry with coconut rice, and the slow-cooked pork with delicious sides of crackling is to die for. If you are in Goa, experience Bomras at least once.

Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, timings are 12 pm - 2:45 pm and 7 pm - 11 pm, 097675 91056, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BomrasGoa/

Bomras

Tucked away on the busy Fort Aguada road, is Bomras, a gastronomic delight for the discerning palate. The food is decidedly Burmese with influences from nearby cuisines of China, India, Laos and Thailand. My husband and I always end up eating there when in the area. You can tell a lot of thought has gone into the preparation of the dishes, balancing delicate flavours. The open-air restaurant makes a very comfortable and tasteful atmosphere. Last time we were there, we met a young Australian artist who had finished an impressive bird mural on one of the walls. We love the tomato salad, tea-infused salad, prawn curry with coconut rice, and the slow-cooked pork with delicious sides of crackling is to die for. If you are in Goa, experience Bomras at least once.

Fort Aguada Road, Candolim, timings are 12 pm - 2:45 pm and 7 pm - 11 pm, 097675 91056, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BomrasGoa/

Elevar

Chef Christopher Saleem Agha Bee needs no introduction. The brains behind Sublime — one of Goa’s most loved restaurants on the picturesque beach of Morjim. With Elevar, he recreates the magic bringing to you his signature fusion cuisine, merging international gourmet styles with inspirations from across Asia and Goa. The beachfront restaurant is open throughout the day offering great ambience and the most gorgeous view. A perfect place to chill, enjoy a drink, eat while you soak in the Goan sun, sand and sea. Located as part of Leela Cottages, we usually prefer Elevar for lunch as we get to say hi to the chef.

Ashwem beach, open all day, 091303 52188, follow on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Elevar/776475879113860