For my recent 7 day trip to Goa, we stayed on Morjim Beach (that’s in the North Goa region). And while we were mostly shacked up on the beach, we did manage to head ut a couple of times to eat at different places rather than repeating the same beachside shacks and restaurants over and over again. I’m sharing with you a short list of places that we ate at, what we ate and how it was. Hope you enjoy it and if you have visited any of these places and loved a dish, I’d love to hear from you. Suggestions for my next trip to Goa are also most welcome!
Sublime – Morjim Beach
This was one of my favorite restaurants of this visit. We went here for dinner right after reaching our hotel in Morjim and visited once again for lunch another day. The food here is fresh, really tasty, healthy for the most part (that also always depends on what you order) and prepared with love. Less Goan, more European cuisine for a world traveller. It’s bang on the beach and has so signage if you try looking for the restaurant from the beach side. However if you approach from the road, you’ll be able to spot ‘Sublime’
Vinayak – Assagao
Vinayak is a local place you head to when you want to imagine yourself as a Goan heading for your daily local lunch break. No fancy tables, settings or cutlery but some good Goan food and chilled beer.
One dish that you can or in-fact should absolutely avoid is the Butter Garlic Calamari – it was made in what seemed and tasted like a Schezwan gravy!!! NOT what we had in mind when we ordered the dish.
Elevar – Ashwem Beach
Elevar is a sister restaurant of Sublime with pretty much the same if not the exact same menu – but a different beach and a slightly different vibe.
For one, their portion sizes are GIGANTIC! The salad I had ordered could have easily been divided into 3 different meals for me.
The Mega Organic Salad. And they weren’t kidding – it’s truly mega in size. A nice basic salad but maybe too much was happening in it. I personally like my salads to have fewer ingredients so that my brain can recognize the different tastes and textures. When there is too much stuff, I just feel like a cow chomping on grass or something. I wouldn’t order this on my next trip to the restaurant. It wasn’t bad but not special either.
Gunpowder – Assagao
I first tried Gunpowder ages back when it had opened its first place in Hauz Khas Delhi, Delhi and I was blown away by the food. The Delhi restaurant shut shop, opened a few other cities I presume, those shut too and now one final Gunpowder resides in Goa. So we HAD to visit it. You will find South Indian cuisine here and it’s quite delicious.
I also discovered Simba Beer (Stout) here, made in India and a really good stout too.
Spicy Pork Chops – My favorite dish from Gunpowder. Very spicy but totally worth it. And it’s best has with the BEST cocktail in Gunpowder – the Painkiller (hint: t’s got coconut milk in it) and it’s fucking heaven!
Gunpowder curries are soulful, homely and total comfort food. I did notice that the curry part of them was not as thick as I remember them being in Delhi (perhaps that was to suit a more North Indian palette, I’m not sure but I prefer thicker gravies and these seemed lighter to me). Tasty nonetheless! We had Pork Idukki, A mutton curry and prawn curry in coconut milk with aapams and malabar parottas. DIVINE!
Antares – Vagator
Antares is an ideal place to head to for a sundowner with drinks, followed by dinner. A beautiful restaurant with a stunning view of the sea.
Another must try is their Goan Pork Sausage Pizza (again, I didn’t have this because of the dairy thing but I could smell it and that was enough for me)
Jardin d’Ulysse – Morjim
The quality of this place seems to have gone down a notch in my opinion. It’s still a pretty restaurant but the food could have been better. I did like their tuna salad in an avocado dish and their cocktails were great. But more than that, I can’t seem to find anything else to say.