BY ROXANNE D'SILVA
While people who visit Goa are looking for a lovely time, not everyone who comes here wants to do the party and club scene.
So, if you’re one of those people who’s wants to have good food and a great time with family and friends, these are some popular spots to check out.
Looking for a gala evening where friends are made and memories are cherished? Located in Baga, Cavala Goa is well-known for its retro nights, Bollywood nights and Goan music, all in a family-friendly environment.
The place has an appetizing menu, ranging from delicious sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salad bowls, Goan cuisine and of course, savoury desserts.
LOCATION: Saunta Waddo, Baga, Calangute
TIMINGS: 9 am anwards (live gigs start @ 7 pm)
CONTACT: +91 88050 21124 | +91 83900 55518
Bar de Goa
Enjoy the bygone days in a modern way, while you sip on your dinks, enjoy lip-smacking food ranging from Goan to Continental, not to forget the good music. Bar de Goa is a place with family-friendly setting, and is located in Calangute. Additionally, you can join the karaoke nights happening every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
LOCATION: CSM Road, Khobravaddo, Calangute
TIMINGS: 7 pm onwards
CONTACT: +91 98221 60507
Antares Restaurant & Beach Club
The Vagator beach hotspot and most-talked about restaurant and beach bar, Antares, is owned by former MasterChef Australia contestant, Sarah Todd. Staying true to the Goa beach shack spirit, the deco of the place is made of bamboo and jute, plus a hint of Ozzie beach cottage look with white and green interiors.
Antares has a fusion menu which includes Goan and Italian. It serves an expansive array of meals ranging from breakfast, dessert, evening, beach club, main restaurant and private dining with award-winning cocktails and gourmet food by Ashish Kapur and Joy Singh.
Apart from the delicious menu, one can spend the entire day at Antares – snacking, swimming, drinking and partying. Antares also has weekly live music and entertainment.
LOCATION: Small Vagator, Ozran beach
TIMINGS: 12 noon onwards
CONTACT: +91 73500 11528
El Patrón Bar & Cafe
Looking to try Mexican fare? Located in the village Siolim, in Bardez, is a one of a kind bar and café that offers Mexican and Spanish cuisine. El Patron is highly recommended for its mouth-watering nacho chips and tacos.
The café has a very rustic look, and is hidden in a jungle location a few minutes walk from Thalassa restaurant. This unique place has a style of its own.
El Patron has live music every Tuesday and Thursday, and DJs every Saturday. The café is closed on Wednesdays.
LOCATION: Vadi Road, Siolim
THEME NIGHTS: Tequila & Taco Tuesdays, Amigos Thursdays, Saturday blues
TIMINGS: 10 am to 1 am (closed on Wednesdays)
Hideaway Café, Bar and performance space
Located in Vagator, Anjuna, and wrapped by tall palm trees, stands a beautiful and warm café and bar, called Hideaway Café. Known for its coffee and urrak cocktails, it is also a platform for passionate musicians to perform.
Hideaway café has a very cosy and homely vibe. You know a good vibe café when you visit one!
While the whole focus of Hideaway is to focus on musicians, they don’t take their food lightly, and offer fare ranging from pasta to sandwiches to a few Goan staples.
They provide customers with a good cuppa (a glass of fresh smoothie) and also offer coffees, from straight white to dark chocolate mint mocha.
If coffee is not for you, then they also offer a nice pot of Kerala Vanilla or Mango Storm.
LOCATION: Vagator, Anjuna
TIMINGS: 12 noon to 4 pm & 7 pm onwards
CONTACT: +91 86055 41351