Goa beckons most of us for its sun, sand, sea and surf and of course food. But, if the dining experience offers a view to match, the enjoyment of the meal is enhanced tenfold. Several places in Goa provide you with spectacular views of the sea as you dine. At others, the sunsets are spectacular. So, select one of these places, sit back, absorb the beautiful sights around you as you savour local food or global delicacies and drinks. My top 5 picks in Goa.
Quietly tucked away inside the Acron Waterfront Resort, at the confluence of the Baga River and the Arabian Sea, The River Restaurant, offers guests a remarkable view, apart from the varied cuisine and drinks. Expect to enjoy a variety of textures and flavours reminiscent of global and the Portuguese inspired Goan cuisine as you immerse yourself in the serenity around you.
With a sweeping view of shimmery waters and modern fusion cuisine infused with Goan influences, The Fisherman’s Wharf, Goa is the haven for ultimate indulgence for gourmands. Located at the banks of the River Sal, the first outpost of this popular chain has an eclectic menu with Goan classics, Indian dishes and global flavours in the mix. The music adds to the charm of this place.
Cavelossim, South Goa
1100 for two approx
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Situated on Vagator Beach, the Rockpool at W Goa is a must-visit on everyone’s list. After all, this place offers a view to die for. Perched on a table or in a cosy cabana, one can enjoy a great view, the sound of the crashing waves, as one relishes contemporary cuisine and sips eclectic cocktails crafted by the astute bartenders. A perfect place for a sundowner, or for a party with friends, it does not get better than this in Goa.
Overlooking the Arabian Sea by the side of Dona Paula, this restaurant is the perfect place to relax and unwind over a leisurely dinner. The gentle breeze and the sound of the lashing waves, add to the mesmerising experience. Gorge on freshly grilled meats, seafood and tuck into robust curries and dals, as you absorb the beauty and peace around you.
Located just steps away from the bay, Pool Bar and Grill at Grand Hyatt Goa is an ideal hotspot for lunch or dinner. A refreshing beverage menu offers an array of thirst-quenchers, from healthy tropical drinks to frosty, flavoured margaritas made with premium tequilas. Sip your drink and enjoy the beauty around you. As the sun sets on the waters of Bambolim Bay, the Asian Wok comes to life featuring a glorious fare of signature Asian recipes like Indonesian Laksa, Thai Curries, Pad Thai and Chinese Woks.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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