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Where to eat in Goa

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Once a Portuguese territory, Goa is now a party hub of India. It is a state with sun, sand, sea, beaches and booze; but something that we always miss out on is Goa’s food scene. The state boasts a regional cuisine, which has been influenced by an exotic blend of sea, spices and food-savvy travellers. From laid-back street food sellers to cozy seaside shacks and high-end restaurants, Goa has a vibrant dining scene. Here’s a list of fabulous places to eat, drink and have fun while in Goa.

1. Ciao Bella, Assagao

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Serving authentic Italian food, Ciao Bella is a quaint little corner of Italy in Goa. The restaurant’s charming and romantic decor gives away a relaxing and inviting vibe to its guests. The place is run by two Indians, namely Mario and Simon who have transformed Ciao Bella over all these years to turn it into a preferred haunt for expats, long-term visitors and discerning domestic diners. Visit the eatery to enjoy a delicious taste of the Mediterranean cuisine, and of course the soft music that plays throughout the evening.

2. Sakana, Vagator

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Sakana is a different world in itself, and you have to see it to believe it. The place is designed by an Israeli-Japanese couple Eliko and Mali, who have used Japanese memorabilia to style it as a Japanese inn. Its menu also adds charm to the overall setting, there’s heavenly tuna teriyaki, sushi of various shades, udon and ramen, gyoza and tofu dishes, chicken katsu, beef yakiniku and a delicious wakame salad. The mains are also tantalizing, and their massive portion will feed your tummy and soul for the day.

3. KU, Morjim

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Ku is a place close to Nirvana. It is Goa’s most exquisite hotel and restaurant, which is owned and run by a French couple – Marie and Christian. As soon as one enters the restaurant, he/she is welcomed into a captivating view of the cottages, koi ponds, surrounding paddy fields and hills. The food served here is inspired from the West and is a true delight for the taste buds.

4. Zoori’s, Anjuna

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This is a restaurant with a view, and one of the first foreign owned restaurants in Goa. If you choose to dine here, you can enjoy the majestic views of the sea and rocky terraces canopied by coconut trees. Zoori’s is mainly known for meat preparations, Mexican cuisine and seafood. So tag along your friends and enjoy a lavish meal at the Zoori’s.

5. La Plage, Ashwem Beach

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This is a small French beach shack with a beautiful view of the sea, lovely ambience and simply gorgeous decor. The well-planned seating, warm hospitality and swift service is what makes this eatery stand out from the rest. La Plage initially started as a beach shack, but over the years it has transformed to become one of the top eating houses in Goa.

Goan food has enriched over the years, earlier by the colonial Portugese and later by the hippies, thus making this blended cuisine a true delight what it is today. So when in Goa, eat like the Goans do, and you will have the gastronomical experience of the lifetime.

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Srishti is a writer by profession and a dreamer by choice. She loves experimenting with her space and her looks. Being an avid animal lover, she plans on being a part of Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation in near future.

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