Goa, the land of beaches, music and great alcohol. Well, aren't we forgetting something? That's right! Goa and spectacular food are a match made in heaven. Seafood and old school meat preparations are a huge hit among the tourists that visit the state and a wide variety of restaurants located all over serve some of the best local delicacies as well. Apart from Goan and Portuguese cuisine, there are are certain restaurants that do a great job on cuisines as well, making those places a must try. Here's a guide to some of the best restaurants situated in the Northern district of Goa that serve some of the most authentic and scrumptious meals on a plate.
1. Ritz Classic Goa
Located in all over Panjim and in certain other parts of North Goa, Ritz Classic is known for its authentic Goan seafood. Although Ritz Classic is a Multi-cuisine restaurant the must try at this place is the authentic fish thali. It is a huge thali that literally represents Goa on a plate. People travel from far and wide just to immerse in these beautiful Goan flavors. Renowned for its seafood & Goan thali since 1978, Ritz Classic is a must try on a trip to Goa if you want to experience the true taste of the beautiful land of beaches.
2. Thalassa Greek Tavern Goa
Best place to try out Greek food in Goa? Well, it's definitely Thalassa! Anybody who visits the place in North Goa can vouch for the authenticity of the flavors and quality of the food. Apart from food the design and ambiance of Thalassa takes you back to Greece instantly with its white décor, rustic wooden shelters and floors, and cane furniture along with the beautiful music. The popularity of Thalassa has risen among the ranks to such an extent that there are now three restaurants located solely in North Goa itself. The oldest one was established in Vagator followed by relatively newer setups in Siolim and Panjim.
A name drawn from the word coconut trees in Portuguese, O'Coquero has been serving traditional Goan and Portuguese cuisine since 1986. The property expresses itself with its beautiful Portuguese architecture giving you a complete Goan Portuguese experienced. Well, if you're wondering, this restaurant was much famous even before the capture of notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj for it's delicious food. If you do visit the restaurant you will be drooling over the taste of the food for days together and over time this famous landmark in Porvorim has gained more popularity among tourists visiting the state. If you're craving for good authentic food, especially chicken cafreal, do visit this place.
4. Black Sheep Bistro
Located in Panjm, this restaurant serves exceptional global cuisine along with hints of local flavors. Housed in an old mansion, it has a heritage decor with antique wall paintings, wooden floorings, high bar stools, and lounge seating. There are some really exotic dishes inspired by Continental, Italian, German, European and other world cuisines. Its bar serves some scintillating cocktails, wines, imported beer and other drinks. The food is made from fresh farm produce to preserve the authentic freshness of the food. Do visit this restaurant for a great global experience that it's just Goan flavors.
Great on the sea food and South Indian food options Gunpowder located in Assagao is a brilliant place with some truly fun and colourful decors and interiors. this place will enchant you with its soothing ambiance that is escalated by the greenery, colours and rustic aesthetic, putting you right at ease as soon as you walk in here.
6. Ping's Bia Hoi
Ping’s Bia Hoi is a Vietnamese beer garden meets Southeast Asian street food place in Sangolda. A very raw and authentic garden like vibe is radiated by the place that attracts tourist apart from the mouth wrenching Vietnamese food. The Philadelphia Cream Cheese Dim Sums and the pork bao's are a must try. The colourful barber shop kiosk, the clothes lines at the entrance, the flower baskets give you a Hanoi market feel just as you set foot into the place. If you are looking to experiment with food other than authentic Goan flavors this is a must visit for a change.
7. The Burger Factory
Unmatched in terms of taste and quality, the burger factory is a must visit for you burger lovers out there. The first outlet started in Anjuna in 2012, but now there are new additions due to the growth in it's popularity. The crunchy, juicy burgers are served with a side of hot flavorful potato wedges that add to the oomph of the meal. The original beef burger is the most popular, however, a variety of vegetarian options are also available. Do indulge in this burger paradise on a trip to Goa.
8. Britto's Restaurant & Bar
Britto's is considered an icon on Baga Beach, one of the more popular spots in Goa. Founded in 1961 with just four tables, Britto's now serves more than 400 dishes ranging from Italian to Chinese. Rise and shine for a seaside breakfast when tables are plentiful and menu items include masala omelets, bacon, and peanut butter toast with jam. A more lively crowd gathers in the evenings for live music and karaoke, sipping cocktails and ordering plates filled with chili prawns. Though no longer a small beach shack, Britto's still dishes up comfort food with a side of Goan hospitality and is still true to serving some of the best dishes in Goa.
Want a hearty meal? The do visit Florentine Restaurant in Goa. Established in the year 1985, this place is synonymous with delicious food that can leave you licking your fingers. This small local food joint is located in the village of saligao and is best known for the service of it's flavor packed chicken cafreal. The chicken cafreal is best eaten with a poie and a side of salad. You cannot eat this dish without asking for extra gravy as the gravy is enriched with some of the best flavors of Goa. This place is a must visit for a memorable mind blowing chicken cafreal.