Another year means 365 more opportunities to visit Goa. This is the perfect time of the year to make those plans to explore new locations that have emerged since the last holiday.
Among the various new establishments, there are 10 noteworthy restaurants in Goa that have recently opened up. Read below:
1. IZUMI, Assagao
This Mumbai-based restaurant, specializing in Japanese cuisine, has opened a branch in Assagao, offering delectable dishes such as sushi, sashimi, yakitori, yakijimo and other Japanese favourites.
Izumi features a separate yakitori bar with an impressive menu, including tenderloin, charred napa cabbage, chicken wings and chicken tsukune.
Additionally, it offers a variety of cocktails. For those seeking authentic Japanese cuisine, including its vegetarian options, Izumi is the place to be.
LOCATION: Botanique, 45/1, Mapusa-Assagao-Anjuna Road, Assagao.
2. FIREBACK, Siolim
A recently-opened Thai eatery, located in Siolim, is serving up a variety of delectable must-try dishes. These include Coconut and Galangal Soup, Scallop Plaa Hoi Sheenn, Chicken Satay Skewers, Massaman Lamb Curry and classic Thai Omelette with Crab.
The restaurant is rumoured to be named after Thailand’s national bird. The interior exudes an elegant, fine dining atmosphere, featuring terraced alfresco seating.
It is situated within one of Siolim’s most beautifully restored houses.
LOCATION: Irada Home, House No 60/1 A1, Near St Anthony's Church, Vaddy, Siolim.
3. GREENR GOA, Panjim
This restaurant, Greenr, a California-inspired plant-based eatery, is now in Panjim, near Joseph Bar. It specialises in fresh, plant-based foods like the popular Baja Black Bean Nachos and gluten-free pizzas, and also hosts community events.
The restaurant has been set up in a 100-year-old bungalow and is India’s first authentic California-inspired plant-based eatery.
The restaurant sources its produce from various regions of India, including small farming organisations and individual farmers.
LOCATION: 4/204, Rua de Ourém, near Prema Building, Fontainhas, Panjim.
4. MARĀI, Arpora
This establishment includes a lifestyle store, bakery, delicatessen, pasta lab and cocktail bar. It is situated where the now-closed local pizzeria Baba’s Wood Cafe used to be.
The menu focuses on fresh, nourishing ingredients and aligns with the slow food movement.
Its offerings include Feni Fried Chicken, Mahi Mahi Ceviche, Watermelon Gazpacho, Miso Roast Chicken and more.
The venue also serves carefully crafted drinks such as Marāi Sour, Limelight (vodka, triple sec, lemongrass, Thai ginger, orange and tonic), and Patrao’s Punch (white rum, passionfruit, dragon fruit and lime).
LOCATION: Marāi, Vegas Vaddo Rd, Arpora.
5. ROBOTO, Vagator
This eatery is well-known for its delectable Japanese izakaya and Ramen House offerings. Patrons frequently return for dishes like Roboto’s Tataki Beef, Pork & Citrus Gyoza, Katsu Sando and Chashu Pork Belly.
Additionally, the place offers enticing desserts such as Black Banana Bread with Miso Chocolate Ganache and Sesame Dulce de Leche, as well as the beautifully crafted Amazomo drink.
The menu boasts of a variety of dishes that are sure to delight your taste buds.
LOCATION: Ground Floor, S No 218/13, Ozran Beach, Vagator.
6. JUJU, Colva
Situated behind Beleza by the Beach, this dining establishment elevates contemporary Indian cuisine to new heights.
The restaurant features the culinary expertise of Chef Avinash Martins, who serves as a consulting chef.
The menu boasts an array of enticing dishes such as Betul Mussels with a Citrus Gremolata, Keralan Spiced Rawas, Gochujang Barbeque Beef Pizza and Mushroom Galoutis.
Additionally, a skilled mixologist crafts innovative cocktails using Indian ingredients. For those seeking a unique, yet authentic, Indian dining experience, this venue is a must-visit.
LOCATION: Survey No 8/6, Gandaulim, Colva
7. SAO BY THE SHORE, Ashwem
Located on Ashwem beach, this restaurant has a true beach vibe. From the décor to the stunning view, this place has it all.
The restaurants offers its customers a unique blend of authentic Goan and International cuisine. Some of the dishes to try out are Grilled Sea Bass, Prawn Sol Kadi Ceviche, or just savour some dessert like Truffle Burrata Fragotini.
Do try out the fascinating curated cocktails at their beach bar.
LOCATION: Ashwem Beach Road
8. ROSÉ, MADEMOISELLE, Assagao
This charming restaurant in Assagao exudes an enchanting atmosphere with its soft pink decor and delightful desserts that transport you to a fairy-tale world.
By day, it offers a variety of delectable dishes such as Pain Perdu French Toast, and Ham & Gruyere Croissants.
However, as night falls, it transforms into Rosé, a Mediterranean Restaurant & Wine Bar, serving up delectable cocktails and cuisine crafted by Chef Megha Kohli (Cafe Mez, formerly Lavaash by Saby).
It’s like a slice of Paris right here in Goa.
LOCATION: Survey No 90/3, Branch Post Office, Near village panchayat Assagao.
9. MISS MARGARITA BY ARRIBA, Vagator
Several dining establishments have recently emerged in this area, including one that specializes in Mexican cuisine.
Referred to as a Grill & Tequileria, this spot in Anjuna serves up delectable Mexican fare such as Smoked Chicken Guac and Tenderloin Birria Tacos.
Patrons are also encouraged to try the sparkling Peach Margaritas. While the venue boasts a distinctly Mexican ambience, there are also hints of Goan influences, making it a unique Mexican find in Goa.
LOCATION: Survey No 301, 1655/5A, Deulwaddo, Anjuna.
10. TERTTULIA, Miramar
This eatery, situated in Miramar, Panjim, encompasses a café, bistro and bar. Housed within a revamped 1980s villa, the establishment boasts a decor dominated by brown and green tones.
The venue’s captivating design and architecture make it an ideal spot for photography.
The slatted bamboo ceiling, adorned with elliptical skylights, allows natural light to permeate the space, while the presence of greenery adds a soothing ambience.
Patrons can indulge in a variety of offerings, including eggs benedict, Goan staples like tiger prawns, and the chef’s signature dish, Sumac Roasted Cauliflower, not to mention a selection of specially crafted cocktails.
LOCATION: Opp Mcdonald’s Roopali Bungalow, DM Marg, Miramar, Panjim.