Goan Speciality Restaurants

When in Goa, you must do the Goan. Don’t take it the wrong way; I’m referring to the delectable Goan cuisine that you must indulge in during your stay or residence in Goa. Goan food is replete with spellbinding flavours and the Goan love for spices reflects in every Goan preparation. Following are some of the Goan specialty restaurants that are definitely worth a visit.

1.  O’ Coquiero
Located on NH-17 by the symbolic O’Coquiero circle, O’Coquiero specializes in authentic Portuguese and Goan cuisines with culinary expertise that’s been reverberating for decades in Goa. The very place where Charles Shobhraj (French serial killer of Vitnamese and Indian origin) was caught is also the place to have served the first chicken cafreal in Goa. When it comes to high quality food and satisfactory portions, Coquiero is on the money. You must try their seafood in recheado masala, prawns rawa fry, chicken cafreal and pork sorpotel.

2. Mum’s Kitchen
Mum’s kitchen, a quaint litte Goan speciality restaurant in Panjim, is opened up with the sole objective of saving Goan food from extinction. Considering their authentic Goan menu and delightful flavours that empower their food, I must say that they achieve their objective with every table they serve and all the happy faces and tummies that leave their establishment. You must try their Kombdechem Sukem (boneless chicken marinated in Goan spices, ginger, and tamarind), Tisreo Sukem (clams), sannas (toddy based steamed bread), and lobster recheado for a tribal Goan culinary experience.

3. Souza Lobo
One of the best food destinations in Calangute, Souza Lobo serves up authentic Goan recipes along with a wide variety of other mouth watering delicacies. Sea food here is a delight and add to this, Souza Lobo’s proximity to the beach; one can just bask in the view while devouring the much recommended Prawn curry rice with a bottle of beer. Masala Fried Rice, Reichado Pomfret, Pork Vindaloo & Crab Xacuti are some other finger-licking dishes on offer here. Goan desserts like Bebinca and Dodol are prepared traditionally, from recipes that have been passed down through generations

4. Anantashram
Possessing a legendary stature among Goan speciality restaurants that have been delighting their patrons for decades, Anantashram is known for being packed during lunch hours. Well, there’s only one thing I could infer out of waiting several minutes to get a table close to two in afternoon – their  Goan fish thali is worth waiting for. I’ve even shared tables if I had to just to get my hands on that succulent Goan curry, tisreo, and rawa fried fish. While you’re at it, you must definitely try out their golden Goan fish thali, chicken cafreal, dum biryani (even though it’s not Goan), and serradura (sawdust pudding).

5. Anoshka
Located at Velsao beach, Amoda on Margao-Ponda road, and BPS Club; Anoshka might seem small and drab when it comes to ambience but all that just becomes superficial once you taste the Goan culinary marvels that get prepared in their kitchen. Specializing in Goan cuisine, their flavours and preparations are very homely making for a light yet delectable meal. You must try their kingfish curry, king prawns in recheado masala or any seafood offering that’s rawa fried.

Text: Shubham Gupta

Pics courtesy: Mum’s Kitchen

Author: Planet Goa Team
For us at Planet-Goa, our team is driven by that feeling of exhilaration that one gets when discovering that something ‘unique’ and ‘new’ about Goa for our ever-so-discerning readers.

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