The sea breeze, coupled with ‘susegad’ (Goa’s laid-back attitude to life), may be enough to satisfy your soul. Yet, the ever-evolving food in Goa ensures that your appetite is sated beyond Goa’s sandy shores. Stray from the beach and take a gastronomic adventure with these 5 Goan restaurants for the best fusion fare.
Amavi: A hidden gem in Calangute
Tucked behind Goa’s famous Art Chamber, the international architects behind Goan restaurant Amavi present a décor of raw brick walls, wooden ceilings, and manicured lawns. Featuring contemporary food presentations, Amavi’s award-winning chefs have created a niche in Goan restaurant fusion cuisine.
Order the ‘Thyme and Salt Cured Tenderloin Carpaccio’ for a delicious blend of peppery arugula, fruity olive oil, and salty cheese. Groove to live jazz music as you relish the Dark Chocolate Sampler; warm coffee caramel sauce over soft vegan brownies. From October to February, catch a show before dinner at the restaurant; Goa’s Art Chamber hosts music concerts every Friday at 7:30 pm.
Amavi | Address: Cottage 88, Behind Art Chamber, Gauravaddo, Calangute, Goa., Calangute, Goa 403516, India | Tel: +91 73788 84087
A Reverie: Indulge in fine-dining in Calangute
Voted ‘Restaurant of the Year’ by Times of India’s Food & Nightlife Awards 2019, A Reverie is a fine-dining restaurant with a contemporary-chic ambience. As you walk in, you’ll notice grand wooden doors and a Zen garden.
Try the ‘Wasabi and Guac Tacos’ for an aromatic and fiery mouthful. Or, order the tender lamb shanks and choose from a collection of rare wines from the gazebo-styled wine room. Don’t miss the ‘Egg, but no Egg’ — a quirky play on eggs for dessert — featuring four eggs served on a platter with whites made of coconut and yolks of mango. A Reverie’s offerings are quirky and forward-thinking, as seen from the way they serve their Long Island Iced Tea (main photo).
A Reverie | Address: Holiday Street, Gauravaddo, Calangute, Goa 403516, India | Tel: +91 98231 74927 or +91 8380 095 732
Black Sheep Bistro: Experience city dining in Panaji
In the heart of Panaji, Black Sheep Bistro serves a healthy fusion menu with a European twist on Goan food. Order the ‘Goan Pesto Crusted Fish’ in chilli oil, served on a bed of pea puree, with subtle basil, garlic and nutty flavours. Try handcrafted cocktails like the ‘Feni Fulari’, a concoction of cashew feni, gin, elderflower, and citrus. Owner and sommelier Prahlad Sukhtankar mingles with guests and helps with suggestions.
Black Sheep Bistro | Address: Swami Vivekanand Rd, Altinho, Panaji, Goa 403001, India | Tel: +91 832 222 2901
Gunpowder: Al-fresco ambience in Assagao
From repurposed fabric flowers that hang above, to quaint wicker chairs in the lush, tropical garden, this 100-year-old Portuguese villa-turned-restaurant is visually artistic. Soak in the soothing ambience, as you savour a coastal dinner after a sunny day at the beach. Try the ‘Spicy Beef with Kerala Hoppers’; the mildly-sweet hoppers complement the spice of the meat. Sip on a home-grown fusion cocktail like the ‘Armada Sour’, made with bourbon, spiced liqueur, and blended with lime, cardamom cordial, and nutmeg.
Gunpowder shares space with People Tree, a design collective of handmade products. Shop for handbags, crafts and outfits while you wait for your meal, or wander through the boutique after a visit to the restaurant.
Gunpowder | Address: No. 6, Anjuna Mapusa Rd, Saunto Vaddo, Assagao, Goa 403507, India | Tel: +91 832 226 8083
Comida: A chic retreat at the DoubleTree by Hilton Goa – Panaji
Famous for its distinct international fare and chic decor, Comida makes an ideal place to experience Hilton’s signature service with a chilled craft beer in hand. Order the fresh ‘Prawns in XO Sauce’, tossed with asparagus, crunchy red pepper and sliced ginger. The appetizing ‘Linguine Pescatore’, ‘Pan Seared Salmon’, and ‘Banana Banoffee Cheesecake’ are all top picks from the menu.
Don’t miss the Susegad Sunday Brunch at the DoubleTree by Hilton Goa – Panaji; where you can enjoy live food stations, unlimited beverages, and a sumptuous spread. Plus, get free access to the infinity pool for a great way to spend the day! Please ask your Hilton Concierge to help with reservations at these restaurants in Goa.