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Explore Goa’s Culinary Delights: Top 10 Unique Dining Experiences

Explore Goa's Culinary Delights

Certainly! Goa is known very well around the world for its laid-back “susegad” lifestyle, characterized by a relaxed and carefree attitude that permeates every aspect of life. Beyond its idyllic palm-fringed beaches and crystal-clear waters, the state boasts a rich culinary heritage that is as diverse as it is delicious. From traditional Goan seafood dishes bursting with flavours to fusion cuisine that blends local ingredients with global influences, there’s something to tantalize every taste bud.

Here are the top 10 Unique places to satiate your cravings while you are in Goa:-

1. Planet Dailies at Planet Hollywood Goa

Located in the grand ambience of Planet Hollywood Resort Goa, Planet Dailies is a multi-cuisine restaurant. The range of cuisine caters to all taste buds at all meal times. From traditional Fish Curry and Sausage Pualo to superb Asian and North Indian to South Indian food such as idly dosa, Uthpam, and Medhu vada, the mouth-watering array of food served in buffet breakfast and buffet dinner is tempting.

The atmosphere is posh with attractive lampshades, and beautiful artefacts. The relaxing music creates an adorable aura. The colourful decor is highlighted by attractive lightings which complement the entire setting and helps to create the right mood. You can have a sumptuous drink and spend a lovely evening or have a thrilling party with your friends amidst the vibrant surroundings in the casual yet cool ambience of Planet Dailies.

2. Fisherman’s Wharf Goa

The Fisherman’s Wharf sits alongside a picturesque harbour, with a view of river Sal and is one of the famous outlets in Goa ideal for seafood lovers. Settled under an elegant shed-like structure open from both sides, The Fisherman’s Wharf is as close to nature as we can get, alongside the lush green foliage and the sparkling sea, boasting an incredible atmosphere adorned with large lamps and nautical decor. This atmosphere alone is enough to raise your spirits to a higher level upon visiting.

Savour a lip-smacking array of traditional Goan cuisine. The ‘Chicken Xacutti’ is a local favourite along with all-time ‘Goan Fish Curry’ and ‘Rice’ and don’t forget to end the meal with the ‘Bebinca’ for dessert as you enjoy it with the views of the fishing boats ahead.

3. Garrafo at The Fern Kadamba Hotel

Garrafao – The Fern Kadamba is a fine dining outlet located in the heart of Goa, in the ambient The Fern Kadamba hotel. It offers a special dining experience with its unique and exclusive menu of Indian and international cuisines. The restaurant has a cozy and inviting ambience with its warm lighting and comfortable seating. The menu features a variety of dishes from starters like Chilly cheese cogarillo , a unique dish of deep fried fillo sheets filled with mouth watering spicy chilli cheese  to desserts and mocktails of all varieties,  prepared with fresh ingredients and cooked to perfection. The restaurant also offers a selection of wines and spirits to complement the meal. Garrafao – The Fern Kadamba is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal with friends and family.

4. Alfama at Taj Cidade De Goa 

Alfama is an Indo-Portugues theme restaurant, named after a beautiful town of the same name in the Portuguese capital city of Lisbon. It serves a mixture of Portuguese and Goan cuisine. The restaurant is on the property of the beautiful resort of Taj Cidade De Goa. The ambience is very Portuguese with tiled roofs, lampposts, and a live band sitting on a balcony above.

Alfama has been known for carrying on the Fado tradition; Fado is a traditional folk music popular in Lisbon, Portugal. Melancholic by nature, the music includes instruments such as guitars and mandolins with one ‘Fadista’ singing poetic lyrics related to darker elements of love such as death and sadness.

The accompanying cuisine specially crafted by the chef is a blend of Portuguese and Goan styles and flavours. What is a better way than to experience the tradition of Goa with a mixture of it’s Indo-Portugues history and culture?

5. Simply Grills at Goa Marriott Resort

Set right by the beachside, overlooking the river Mandovi with a view of the beautiful Reis Magos Fort in the distance, this place is perfect for a relaxed, intimate dinner, offering a picturesque outdoor dining experience designed for any palate and every occasion.

Start your evening with fresh seafood, expertly prepared meats, and vegetarian platters while enjoying breathtaking views of the Arabian Sea at night. Simply Grills at The Goa Mariott Resort is an inviting and relaxing venue with a prodigious selection of wine and exotic cocktails. Be it a birthday, anniversary, a romantic date with your loved one, or just for some unique dining experience,  this is an ideal place to celebrate.

6. Copperleaf Goa

Copperleaf is an award-winning fine-dining restaurant with two outlets in Goa. One is located in Porvorim, and the other is in Panaji. It is a multi-cuisine fine dining restaurant with a bar and synonymous tasty food ranging from Goan delicacies like Kingfish rawa fry, Prawns Recheado, Golden fried prawns and Pomfret curry to North Indian meals like Butter Chicken and Naan. It is also known for excellent service which is complimented by an aromatic ambiance and a soothing atmosphere. Come & Enjoy the ultimate dining experience like no other at Goa’s Favourite Restaurant – the best place for tasty food, excellent service, aromatic ambience, and a relaxed atmosphere.

7. Viva Lounge and Bar at Holiday Inn Goa, Candolim 

Viva Lounge and Bar at the beautiful Holiday Inn Goa is an all-day dining restaurant presenting an eclectic menu that offers international and local delicacies. The expert chefs at Viva Lounge and Bar have put together an extravagant menu to fulfil all your cravings. From traditional Goan and Indian meals to International varieties, the restaurants have everything to fulfil your every craving. Hold yourself on the lawn in front of the restaurant with a lovely atmosphere accompanied by a singer to set the feel of the evening, and do not forget to try the handcrafted cocktails made with the finest mix of drinks by our mixologist.

8. Kava at Fairfield By Marriott Goa, Benaulim

Located just next to the beautiful Benaulim beach in South Goa, Kava at Fairfield by Marriott stands as a testament to gastronomic excellence in the heart of Goa. The restaurant boasts a captivating ambience, combining modern elegance with a touch of Goan charm. Whether you choose to dine indoors or prefer the refreshing outdoor setting, Kava offers a delightful atmosphere for an enjoyable meal. The buffet spread has a good variety of tempting dishes and desserts. Overall, Kava at Fairfield by Marriott deserves an excellent rating for its highly recommended culinary experience. If you find yourself in South Goa, this restaurant is a must-visit, offering not just a meal but a memorable journey through diverse flavours and impeccable service.

9. Spices at International Centre Goa

Spices the multi-cuisine restaurant offers a cultural culinary variety and caters to a variety of Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine for all events such as conferences, seminars, parties and receptions held at the famous International Centre Goa a serene property located away from the city noise with green open spaces for strolls and is recently renovated befitting a 5 star on the inside. One of Goa’s leading ideational institutes & preferred venues for meetings, seminars, events & conferences, Spices serves a la carte to walk-in and room guests at the lowest prices in Dona Paula.

10. The Regency at La Paz Gardens Beacon, Vasco Da Gama 

The Regency is a restaurant in the Hotel La Paz Gardens placed just 4 km away from Dabolim Airport in the heart of the port town of Vasco Da Gama.

The oldest restaurant in town, The Regency is a multi-cuisine restaurant known for serving the best local Goan delicacies. You can enjoy the food along with live music in the evening along with a nice choice of cocktails and mocktails at your service.

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