A good movie is best enjoyed with some snacks, for sure. But if you’re going to go through a whole day without an actual meal while you’re in Goa, you’re definitely doing something wrong. The festival venues are located right at the heart of Panjim City. This makes it easy to locate a few of Goa’s famous restaurants for you, less than a mile away from our venues.
1. Barrels & Bones
A little gem located along the lanes of Fontainhas, Barrels & Bones is a restaurant known for their steaks. The quirky decor paired with their Barbequed & Grilled specialities make it worth your money. Vast bar menu that contains some innovative cocktails is definitely a great add on to your dining experience. B&B is a must-visit if you’ve got an hour or two to kill.
Must-try: B&B Signature steak, Sizzlers and Mixed grill BBQ Platter
Address: 49, Near Maruti Temple, Fontainhas, Panjim, Goa
Contact: +91 7774078276
Timings: 11am-3:30pm; 7pm-11:30pm
Cost for Two: Rs.1,200
2. Black Sheep Bistro
Exceptional fusion food coupled with a classy ambience ticks Black Sheep Bistro off as one of the best social dining places in Panjim. The restaurant is set up in a rustic Portuguese-style property with modern interiors that suit its style of cooking. Their lounge serves some very innovative, hand-crafted cocktails in town. With the aim to provide a “globally inspired” menu, BSB serves Indo-fusion, Continental and European cuisine at its best.
Must-try: Cocktails, Lamb Osso Bucco & Churros with chocolate.
Address: Swami Vivekananda Road, Near ICICI Bank, Panjim, Goa
Contact: +91 9881731901, 0832-2222901
Timings: 12 pm – 1 am
Cost for Two: Rs.1,500
Taking fusion cooking a notch higher, Desbue is a small and cozy restaurant, located in the quaint lanes of Fontainhas. With a touch of innovation to every European delight on the menu, you know you’re in for one unique ride. The establishment is designed to give their customers European vibes, a feat accomplished by their serene decor. If you’re looking for a quiet lunch or dinner, followed by a picturesque walk, this is where you should go.
Must-try: Braised Duck, Mezze Platter & Green Tea Panacotta
Address: Near St. Sebastian Chapel Fontainhas, Mala, Panjim, Goa
Timings: 12 pm – 11 pm
Cost for Two: Rs.1,400
4. Fisherman’s Wharf
Post its grand success in the city of Bangalore and South Goa, Fisherman’s Wharf has spread its wings to North Goa as well as with its own restaurant in Panjim. Situated on the by-lanes of Campal, this ever-bustling restaurant lies very close to Kala Academy (One of the IFFI venues). Their extensive menu offers a wide range of global delicacies for the diners to choose from. Apart from perfectly cooked seafood which is their strength, their Goan treats are certainly not to be missed.
Must-try: Arabian Catch of the day, Mussels in Blue Cheese & Stuffed Crabs
Address: House No. 13/139, Beside Taj Vivanta, Campal, Panjim.
Contact: +91 8888493333
Timings: 12 pm – 12 am
Cost for Two: Rs. 1,500
5. Malaka Spice
Malaka Spice in Panjim is part of a chain of restaurants that has carved a niche for itself when it comes to South-East Asian food. Their menu overflows with signature recipes from Malaysian, Indonesian, Taiwanese and Burmese Cuisine. What garnered the local’s attention here in Goa though, had to be their Lunch buffets throughout the week, all at a very reasonable price. The buffet menu changes on a daily basis to keep you coming back for more.
Must-try: Lunch Buffet throughout the week
Address: Hotel Delmon, Caetano De Albuquerque Road, Panjim, Goa
Contact: +91 7505083009
Timings: 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Cost for Two: Rs.1,100
6. Mums Kitchen
The traditional Hindu and Catholic Goan recipes found in at this restaurant have been compiled with the help of mothers from different parts of Goa. Hence the name! They also take pride to be one of the very few restaurants with international certification for their quality and food safety management. Head over to Mums Kitchen to enjoy dishes like Hooman, Balchao and Caldeen which are tough to find elsewhere.
Must-try: Lobster Recheado, Prawns Hooman & Goan Vegetarian items
Address: Martins Building, D.B. Road, Panjim-Miramar road, Panjim.
Contact: +91 9822175559
Timings: 11 am – 11 pm
Cost for Two: Rs.1,800
7. Simply Grills by Goa Marriott
The Goa Marriott Resort and Spa has reopened their sea-facing restaurant. With fresh catches on display, creative cocktails, and a brilliant view, here’s where you’ll catch some of the finer vibes of Goa. Located on a wooden deck, their grills and marinades are considered some of the best around town. Dinner is the best time to visit, if you’re looking for a more romantic meal, under the moonlight.
Must-try: Seafood Grills with a variety of Marinades
Address: Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Miramar Beach, Panaji, Goa
Timings: 11am-3pm; 7pm-11pm
Cost for Two: Rs.2,000
If you want authentic Asian food, this is where you need to go. An initiative by Taj Vivanta, this Tamari keeps up to the quality that the mother brand offers elsewhere in the country. Their Tepanyaki preparations along with their delectable sushis and sashimis, are to die for. Very recently, they have roped in Chef Wang Li from Beijing as their Specialty Chef to ensure international standards in both, the food, as well as the services that they provide.
Must-try: Sushi rolls, Yakimeshi (Japanese Fried Rice)
Address: Vivanta by Taj, Off D. B. Road, Panjim, Goa
Timings: 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm; 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Cost for Two: Rs.1,800
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DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own. IFFI Goa doesn't endorse any of the above mentioned restaurants.