Right from movies to food, IFFI Goa 2016 is out to ensure every delegate has the best experience. Although the festival has a Food Village that’ll cater to all your needs; this is for those who wish to sample a bit of what the Goans have to offer. After all, quick bites at reasonable prices are all you really need.
So if you’re in the mood to go exploring, here’s a list of pit-stops you can hit:
This mini version of a food court, houses three brands under it – Gelato Italiano, Rolls Mania & Magik Muncheez. While the former two brands have tasted success elsewhere already, Magik Muncheez is Gastronut’s own creation. It provides a wide range of treats including pan pizzas, grilled sandwiches, quesadillas, juices and shakes.
Location: Gurudutta Apts, M.G. Road, Near Don Bosco High School, Panjim. (Google Maps)
Timings: 9 am – 1 am
Known for: Rolls, Pan Pizzas & Gelato
Cost: Rolls from Rs.55 – Rs.150; Pizzas at Rs.200
2. Bhaiyya’s Pav Bhaji
Walking down the streets of Panjim market in the evenings, you cannot miss the lingering aroma of Indian spices getting fried in butter from this road-side shop. One of the oldest outlets in Panjim, Bhaiyya’s continues to be the top seller of Bombay Pav bhaji in the city. They have an option of Normal Bhaji or Butter bhaji with traditional Pav bread or toasted ones with ground masalas.
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Location: G-29, Alfran Plaza, Opp. Don Bosco High School, Panjim. (Google Maps)
Timings: 6 pm – 2 am
Known for: Pav Bhaji & Masala Pav
Cost: Rs. 60 for a plate
3. Cluck Tales
Cluck Tales, a new entrant in the market, has already become people’s favorite with its unique concept of lava stone cooked chicken meals. It serves perfectly-cooked chicken, that’s juicy yet flavourful with a unique blend of herbs that are personally curated by the Head Chef Manjula. With amicable staff, vibrant ambience and the clucking awesome menu, this place is surely worth every penny.
Location: 1st flr, Edcon Incrocio, Opp. Don Bosco School, M.G. road, Panjim. (Google Maps)
Timings: 12pm – 11pm
Known for: Gyros and Chicken Combos
Cost: Chicken Combos start from Rs. 210
4. The Chocolate Room
Don’t get misguided by its name! The Chocolate Room also serves some delicious savoury items like pastas, burritos and nachos that breaks the monotony of chocolate in their menu. Nevertheless, their ‘death by chocolate’, which has chocolate pancakes topped with dark chocolate syrup and ice cream, is something that you need to try before leaving.
Location: Alfran Plaza, M.G. Road, Opp. World of Titan Showroom, Panjim. (Google Maps)
Timings: 10 am – 2 am
Known for: Death by Chocolate, Cheesy Nachos & Chocolate fondue
Cost: Savouries from Rs.100 onwards, Chocolate delicacies ranging from Rs.60-Rs.300
5. Cafe Tato
You can find this eating joint packed in the mornings as their Goan breakfasts are a cut above the rest. The simple yet scrumptious Goan Bhaji with puri or pao, along a cup of tea is enough to keep you going until the next meal of the day. Other than the small bites like samosas and batata wadas, they also get a noticeable crowd for their idlis and dosas.
Location: No. G3, Souza Towers, Near Municipal Garden, Panjim. (Google Maps)
Timings: 7 am – 8:30 pm
Known for: Goan & South Indian breakfast
Cost: Rs. 60 for a plate of Puri Bhaji, Samosas and wadas at Rs.15
6. Aunty Maria
Though Aunty Maria is a part of Fidalgo, it is not as pricey as we assume it to be. It gives the sophisticated ambience of a star hotel with great options for the diners to choose from. As it’s a 24-hour dining place situated in the heart of Panjim, they see more of a crowd in the night. Coming back to their food, the waffles with whipped cream are something that should not to be missed.
Location: Hotel Fidalgo, 18th June Road, Panjim. (Google Maps)
Timings: Open 24 hrs
Known for: Waffles, Crepes & Thin crust pizzas
Cost: Rs.300 for a person
Originally started as a bakery serving desserts and pastries, Carasid grew into a Cafe and very recently, as a breakfast joint too. They make one of the best coleslaw rolls and pita bread sandwiches apart from the cakes and muffins which they are very famous for till today. Their breakfast items include Parathas, Poha, Sabudana khichdi and more.
Location: Ground Flr, Chanson Building, D.B. Road, Opp. Hotel Solmar, Miramar, Panjim, Goa
Timings: 7:30 am – 10 pm
Known for: Pastries, Pita wraps and Grilled sandwiches
Cost: Rs.60 – 100
8. Ros Omelette Stalls
When you think of a quick snack or a light meal, Gaddos (pushcarts) are always a friend in need. The streets of Goa are known for its pushcarts selling Ros Omelette and Cutlet Bread. A generous helping of the classic chicken xacuti Ros (gravy) on a full/half-cooked omelette accompanied with traditional Goan Pao and salad is a delight to every foodie.
Location: Shetty’s juice corner near Sephora Salon, near Hotel Fidalgo & Zee Square, Samrat theatre.
Timings: Gaddos open from 6pm – 2am. Shetty’s corner open from 9am – 7pm
Known for: Ros Omelette, Omelette Pao
Cost: Rs. 40 a plate
If you know of other great cheap eateries around IFFI Goa 2016, our comment section is always open!
Watch out for this space as we will feature a list of Fine Dining places near IFFI soon!
DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own. IFFI Goa doesn't endorse any of the above mentioned restaurants.