Food Review: Offbeat Restaurants That'll Make You Want To Stop Working And Head To Goa Right Now

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If you’re over all the Brittos and Curlies of Goa then there’s no need to pull a "mussel", we’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of 5 restaurants in Goa that are making waves this summer. They promise a delicious meal and a taste of some amazing local sea-crets and specialties.

1. Sheela, Bar and Restaurant:

Sheela just starting picking up a little fame in the last few months but it’s been around for a long time. Vasco’s favorite eatery doesn’t believe in giving their customers menus. Instead, they’ll tell you what fresh seafood they have in the kitchen and you can tell them how you’d like it prepared. Goan style, of course!

Foodie Favorites: Prawn Curry with Rice, Pork Sausage Pulao, Masala Fried Chonak
Address: NH 17A, Vidhyanagar Colony, Vasco da Gama, Goa
Approx. Rs. 700/- for two people


2. Black Sheep Bistro:

Located in the heart of Panjim, Black Sheep Bistro is a little more upmarket in its interiors and food. Its “globally inspired, locally created” menu gives you a lot to choose from, both from their well-stocked bar to their food. So if you want a bit of a twist in your Chorizo Pao, this is the place to visit.

Foodie Favorites: Chorizo Crusted Fish Fillet, Pork Poutine
Address: Swami Vivekanand Road, Next To ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa
Approx. Rs.1500/- for two people


3. Zico, Bar and Restaurant:

I have to admit, I am absolutely stoked to share this one with you. If you want a shack like ambiance, scrumptious food and cheap alcohol to help you come out of your shell, you’re at the right restaurant. This family run hidden gem has some lip-smacking treats in store for you and the best part? They’re super considerate on your wallet.

Foodie Favorites: Rava Fried Prawns, Butter Garlic Calamari, Pork Vindaloo
Address:Gaura Vaddo, Near Osborne Hotel, Calangute, Bardez, Goa
Approx. Rs. 800/- for two people


4. D’Silva Canteen:

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my pleasure to introduce you to one of Goa’s most delectable street foods. The Cutlet Pao. It consists of a generous slice of crumb-fried beef wedged into the local pao. The cutlet is topped with some shredded cabbage, carrot and some steak juice drizzled over it. This, my foodie friend, is pure Goan heaven. My favorite cutlet pao connoisseurs at the D’silva Canteen, Miramar have been getting this right from the early nineties.

Foodie Favorites: Beef Cutlet Pao, Beef Chilly Fry
Address: Miramar Beach, After Café Coffee Day, Miramar, Goa
Approx. Rs. 300/- for two people


5. Hotel Anantashram:

Now this hotel in Vasco is pretty well known among locals and some adventurous tourists too. Yet it makes my list because I feel like it celebrates a more Konkan style of cooking other than just Macapau Goan food. Order their Thali if you’d like to try a variety of dishes, like clams, kismur and fish curry, among others.

Foodie favorites: Prawn Thali, Fish Thali
Address: Father Jose Vaz Road, Opposite UCO Bank, Near Municipal Garden, Vasco da Gama, Goa
Approx. Rs. 800/- for two people

So there you have it, a few of my favorite places to eat in Goa. Do you know of other not-so-famous cafes and shacks that deliver on great food too? Let me know about them in the comments below or connect with me on social media to share your experiences!

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