The coastal state of Goa in Western India has long been a favourite for Indian and Western tourists alike, boasting plenty of sunshine, white sandy beaches and swaying palm trees as well as a seriously chilled out vibe. Less well known though is that Goa also has a wide selection of
outstanding restaurants to tempt the taste buds with, offering flavours and styles to suit everyone
from traditional Goan dishes to international cuisine and all with very affordable prices. Most
hotels in Goa have their own restaurants on site but it is well worth venturing out to take in some
of the best of what Goa has to offer.
Spice, Baga Creek
Spice is located on the main road through Baga Creek (any local taxi driver will be able to take
you straight there) and is very popular with both tourists and locals. As with most restaurants in
Goa the seating area has an attractive thatched roof with a front wall which is open to the
elements, letting in the warm evening breezes as you eat.
Although Spice does offer a wide menu which includes western options the order of the day here
is curry and it is truly superb. There are the recognisable biryanis and tikka masalas (both
vegetable and meat) as well as local dishes like fish curry and a huge array of vegetarian options
such as potatoes stuffed with spicy vegetables and cooked in a mild almond curry. They offer a
good drinks menu too with staples like Kingfisher beer and cocktails as well as locally made
wine. A meal for 2 with starters, mains, sides and drinks costs around £10 UK/$16 US.
Aether Lounge, Arpora Baga Road, New Baga Bridge
Aether Lounge is a new open air restaurant recently opened by owners Zena and Sham. Located
back from the road and up a flight of stairs it gives the atmosphere of being very secluded and
the outdoor seating under the stars gives a romantic edge to the meal. The decoration is subtle and stylish with crisp white linen table wear and discreet lighting entwined into the trees, with food served on slate. When I enquired them about where they sourced their slate, they gave me a surprising answer: America. I got to google and searched “restaurant slate plates” and I found this, which is a interesting product from Slateplate. They also provide some good tips on how to save money for chefs. Aether
Lounge also features a raised area of comfortable white sofas perfect for cocktails and
reminiscent of chilled out rooftop bars in LA. The food here is of a high standard, offering an
Indian and continental menu with delicious starters such as home made humus and spicy chicken
satay. There is a wide drinks menu offering local beers, international wines and cocktails. A meal
for 2 as above is around £12 UK/$20 US.
Brittos, Baga Beach
Baga Beach itself is one of Goa’s busiest tourist spots with its long, wide sands and sea front lined with restaurants and cafes. One of the shining lights here is Brittos, an all day, all night place located right on the beach (walk along Baga Beach and you will see it). Always busy, Brittos is a real beach shack with a thatched roof over a sand floor so that when you sit in a chair it tends to sink a little and nice, wooden furniture. Food here is very good and varied, ranging
from delicious curries (particularly the vegetarian dish Aloo Gobi and the wonderful garlic naan bread) to veggie burgers and French fries so everyone is catered for here. Brittos also offers breakfasts, tasty deserts and fresh juices (such as pureed watermelon) as well as beers and spirits. Prices here are very good, a main course with sides and drinks for 2 people costs around £6