Food & Restaurants in Goa
The Goan staple diet consists of rice and fish curry along with pickles and fried fish. This can be found on many of the beach shacks. The Goan cuisine is a blend of Portuguese and local flavours. Many dishes such as prawn balchao and Kingfish in Garlic have distinct Portuguese flavour. The cuisine is mostly seafood based, the staple foods are rice and fish. Kingfish (Vison or Visvan) is the most common delicacy, others include pomfret, shark, tuna and mackerel. Among the shellfish are crabs, prawns, tiger prawns, lobster, squid and mussels.
Dishes such as Vindaloo and Xacuti (pronounced Cha'cuti), Cafreal will be familiar from Indian restaurant menus, and are originally Goan dishes. In terms of dessert, Bebinca is a traditional Goan layered pudding which can be found "home made" at certain hotels.
Most beaches have shacks that serve surprisingly delicious meals, specially seafood and they'll usually consult you to see how you like your food. Don't miss the shack eating experience. You'll want to go back and do it again. Most fancy hotels and restaurants serve terrible food, it is best to eat at local places, ask a taxi driver where these would be and don't let him take you to any fancy restaurants as they receive commission.
Some really good restaurants not to be missed are:
- Britto's Bar & Restaurant, North Goa, (off Baga/Calangute)
- German Bakery, Anjuna, North Goa
- O Coqueiro, Porvorim
- Souza Lobo Bar & Restaurant, North Goa, (off Calangute)
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