Where to Eat in Goa - Restaurants I Love

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Food caters to one of our primal senses. Just like attending-a-shaadi experience isn't complete without mouth-watering shaadi ka khana, a travel experience needs to titillate our taste buds to be called truly complete.

Personally, for me, I love an eating-out experience when good food meets pleasing on the eye. By that, I mean not so much the food presentation but the general ambience and vibe of the place.

Here's a list of places you could try when you visit Goa next. In no specific order then...

Lush by the Cliff at Anjuna opens up to this grand view of the Arabian sea, and is perfect to wind up a day with a cocktail and the sound of the waves.

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Yazu at Candolim has the perfect ambience for some delectable Asian food on your plate. It's right on the beach so you can walk over after your meal, of course, weather permitting.

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Housed in a blue & white Portuguese mansion, Cafe Bodega is ideal for a small group of friends catching up over coffee, cakes, and juice. Limited menu doesn't hamper the experience.

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Seafood has got to be your staple diet, when visiting Goa. Goes without saying. This dish here is from Salt restaurant at Arpora. The service is decent but make sure you enjoy loud music in the evenings before you hop on over to this part of Goa.

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Cafe Cotinga in Anjuna is a multi-cuisine restaurant, with a fun decor. Do try the biryani on the menu.

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Antares at Ozran has some mouth watering dishes on the menu.

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The view from Antares is to die for. Although, the beach cannot be easily accessed from the restaurant, the view is simply gorgeous.

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Villa Nova at Nagoa will have your taste buds feel happy. You can order any usual "junk" food, and they will turn it into the healthiest meal you can imagine.

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Try the signature drink made of jamun at, where else, but Jamun in Assagao.

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Baba Au Rhum at Anjuna has an open, airy seating area. But it's not always easy to get in there. You could order in and enjoy their yum pizzas.

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La Plage at Ashwem is a must visit if you want to simply laze around, eat at a luxurous pace, while your babies sit on the sand beside you with beach toys.

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La Plage has their beach beds right outside the restaurant for an easy hop in and hop out.

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Pisco - by the beach at Anjuna is a new restaurant with good food and a great view. It's got its own Instagram-able spot, which works better on sunny days, by the way.

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And then there are the beach shacks all along the state's coastline, that offer the latest catch of the day.

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The evenings find them all lit up.

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You could sit in the lit up tents or right by the shoreline with candles to add to the beachy-calm-romantic vibe.

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If you love North-Eastern cuisine, try the food at Soul Chef in Panjim, and you won't leave disappointed. That it's very close to Fontainhas is an added advantage.

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Raddish at Baga is right by the Baga river. Food is alright, but the place is peaceful. Visit before dusk to enjoy the views by the river.

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The bright walls at local restaurants make for a fun vibe. Don't miss the seafood thali when visiting the local-cuisine restaurants.

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The Lazy Goose at Nerul has crowds lining up. It's right by the river. It's got good food. And the live music sometimes sparks up an impromptu dance by the visitors, because why not!

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Pahadi Beach at Anjuna, as the name suggests, has its cuisine from the hills and the coast. Artjuna across the road is another must visit if you are in the vicinity.

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The food, decor, and views at Thalassa would make you want to go back. Greek restautant at Siolim, the sunsets and live performances are a big plus here.

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