Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Three Most Popular Places to Dine in Goa

While nothing beats my Mama’s cooking, if you are looking for places to dine, these are my top three favourites. 

Martin’s Corner, Betalbatim
I must confess. As a Goan, this was only the second time I’ve been here. The first time was years back when I was in college and now. I was down from Mumbai and we planned a family outing to the South of Goa. Betalbatim was our destination and the evening was spent at, obviously, Martin’s Corner.
Well even as locals we had some difficulty finding the place but you can just ask anyone for directions. Very important, if you intend getting a table here, do call for reservations. The place is perpetually full.   
The food at Martin’s is simply amazing. A little on the expensive side, but delicious. We dug into Calamari, Stuffed Lobster, Chicken Cafreal and Steak.  While the place offers, others cuisines too, my advice is to stick to Goan food. The Goan cuisine here is at its best, you can also do savour dishes such as the Goan Fish Curry, Prawn Balchao, Xec Xec (a goan crab preparation), Vindaloo, etc.
Martin’s Corner has beautiful ambience. Subdued lighting with a live band give the place a cozy almost at home feel.  This place is extremely popular, so don’t be surprised to see a celebrity here. They say it’s Sachin Tendulkar’s favourite dining place in Goa.
For more details visit the website.
Martin's Corner
Binwaddo, Betalbatim
Salcete - Goa
For reservations call:
(0832) 2880061, 2880413, 6481518

Britto’s, Baga
For a dining experience in North Goa, you should visit Britto’s.  By Baga beach, it’s a place you must eat at, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Britto’s serves almost all types of cuisine – Goan, Indian, Continental. The service is excellent and the pricing of food is reasonable. Make sure you get a table on the beach or overlooking the beach to complete your experience.
The reason I like this place is because of the variety in cuisines and the huge portions of food. Do visit Britto’s at night. They keep a single burning candle on your table, giving the entire a place a dreamy feel.
Santa Vaddo, Baga
For reservations call:
(0832) 2276291, 2277331
Souza Lobo, Calangute
Souza Lobo  is a nice place by the sea. Situated on the sands of Calangute beach, it offers a magical evening to those looking to unwind at the beach as well as munch on Goan delicacies.

The place is rather airy and has a rustic charm to it. At Souza Lobo’s we dug into fish fingers, Masala Fried Calimaris and Crab Xec Xec. The crab I must say was to die for!
Like all well know Goan restaurants, this place too has a live band, though on this particular night it was just too loud.  The rest of the evening was lost in staring at the black sea and enjoying the breeze with the sumptuous food.
Do check their website
For reservations call:
(0832) 2281234 / 2276463


  1. Hi Jolene interesting blog, i will visit ur blog very often, hope u go for this website to increase visitor.Happy Blogging!!!

  2. really? tad touristy all three. nothing more local?

  3. Wow so glad you commented on my blog, i'm in India in a few weeks, so i think this blog will be perfect for advice. Already booked my trip down to Goa so might try one of these places

  4. Interesting blog! My wife and I are living in Taiwan right now and may find ourselves on a trip to India at some point...good info!

  5. @jamming & lancegallivants - thanks for the comments. Do let me know if you need any local info.