PLACES TO EAT – NORTH GOA
From our recent 7-day visit to Goa, we stayed at Morjim Beach (which is in the North Goa region). And while we were mostly on the beach, we did manage to head to a bar instead of repeating the same beachside and restaurant at the same time to eat at different places. I am sharing with you a short list of places we ate, what we ate and how it happened. Hope you enjoy it and if you have been to any of these places and love a dish, I do not like to hear from you. Suggestions for my next trip to Goa are also welcome!
Sublime – Morjim Beach
This was one of my favorite restaurants of this trip. We went here for dinner soon after reaching our hotel in Morjim and once again for lunch. The food here is fresh, really tasty, healthy for the most part (it also always depends on what you order) and is lovingly prepared. Less Goan, more European food for a world traveler. If you look for a restaurant on the beach side, it bangs on the beach and has so much sign. However if you approach the road, you will be able to see 'Sublime'
Pork Belly for dinner. SO SO GOOD YOU HAVE TO HAVE IT
Sea Bass Carapio. It was again, light, fresh and really tasty. I think the ingredients were a bit cool - although it would be a lot more refreshing after being super hot on the beach.
Smoked Salmon on Kale & Pea Pancakes
Again, loved the concept, the delicious, mild dish (a bit soft for the Indian palette). I think pancakes will be smaller in size.
Vinayak – Assagao
Vinayak is a local place, where 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.
Worli Rava Fry (this is purely a small fish eaten as a fried ad snack) is not necessary. It's with a cold beer and you don't want anything else.
The shrimp masala was delicious too! It is the entrance to the restaurant. Don't stop at indoor seating, and walk in and you stay in an outdoor, covered area, on which sitting is so much better.
Batter Fried Calamari was good. Just like calamari pakodas if you will.
One dish you can, or really should avoid, is Butter Garlic Calumari - it looks and tastes like Szechwan gravy !!! It was not on our mind when we ordered the dish.
Elevar – Ashwem Beach
Elevar is a sister restaurant to Sublime with a very similar menu - if not exactly the same menu, but a different beach and a slightly different vibe. Also, their portion size is huge! The salad I ordered could easily be divided into 3 different meals for me.
The Mega Organic Salad. And they're not kidding - it's actually mega in size. A nice basic salad but probably a lot of it was happening. I personally like my salad less so that my brain can recognize different flavors and textures. When there is too much stuff, I just feel like kissing a cow on grass or something. I will not order this on my next visit to the restaurant. It was not bad, but not special either.
There was a goat's cheese salad and another baked Camembert cheese that looked really good, but I can't try them because I'm currently avoiding dairy. This was one of them.
Sea Bass Fillet – Nice. Not worth a repeat though.
Gunpowder – Assagao
I first tried the gunpowder era when it had opened its first location in Hauz Khas Delhi, Delhi and I was blown away by food. Delhi restaurant shops closed, in some other cities I guess, they also closed and now one last gunpowder lives in Goa. So we HAD to see it. You will find South Indian cuisine here and it is quite tasty. I have also discovered Simba Beer (Stout) here, which is made in India and is also a really good stout.
Beef Fry – Perfect to be had with a chilled beer. Slightly spicy and very tasty!
Spicy Pork Chops - My favorite dish from gunpowder. Very spicy but totally worth it. And it is the best with the BEST cocktail in gunpowder - pain reliever (hint: it has coconut milk added to it) and it is fucking heaven.
Andhra Prawns and a good choice for starters too.
Gunpowder curry is intimate, homely and a total comfort food. I did notice that the curry portion of them was not as thick as I remember them being in Delhi (maybe it was more in line with the North Indian palette, I'm not sure, but I prefer thick gravy and I find it lighter is). Tasty nonetheless! We had Pork Idukki, a mutton curry and shrimp curry with enam and Malabar parotas in coconut milk. Divine!
Leapfrog - Another must try cocktail. Gin-based, mildly refreshing, slightly warm and the perfect drink to order on an afternoon hot goan.
Antares – Vagator
Antares is the perfect place to have a Sundowner with drinks, followed by dinner. A beautiful restaurant with a great view of the sea.
Snapper Ceviche. A light, tasty and very refreshing starter.
Another attempt is their Goan Pork Sausage Pizza (again, I didn't have it because of dairy, but I could smell it and that was enough for me)
Jardin d’Ulysse – Morjim
The quality of this place has gone down a notch I think. It is still a beautiful restaurant but the food could have been better. I loved their tuna salad in an avocado dish and their cocktails were very good. But more than this, I can find nothing more to say.
That's it for now. You enjoyed the post??