Panaji, also known by its former name Panjim, is the state capital of Goa, in southwest India. Located on the banks of the Mandovi River, the city has cobblestone streets lined with colourful villas and buildings from the Portuguese colonial era where they have a list of beautiful restaurants and bars serving mouth-watering food and lip-smacking drinks.
Head here for Goan specialities! This chic and trendy restaurant located in Vivanta Goa is the perfect spot for laid-back evenings and never-ending conversations. Grilled Tiger Prawns with special sauce served here is delicious. A nice ambience, friendly staff and good chef all together make it a great place.
Cost for two: Rs 1200
Must-haves: Jalapeno Margarita, Kill Me Chilli, First Crush, Chourico Chilli Fry, Chicken Xacuti and Alle Belle
This Pan-Asian restaurant is named after the distinctive soya sauce from Japan. The cherry-blossom and lotus-themed interiors are crafted for memorable, sake-soaked Sushi meals. The ambience is top-notch and the table is set neatly to give you a premium feel. You start with exotic flavoured teas, dim sums, rice, noodles and go up to desserts. Not only the food is delicious, but the quantity served is value for money.
Cost for two: Rs 2000
Must-haves: Crispy Honey Chilli Lotus Stem, Crispy Konjee Lamb, Kaeng Massaman and Pla Rad Prik
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This all-day multi-cuisine restaurant promises sunshine along with a menu offering Continental and North Indian cuisines. The restaurant’s theatre-style design is the perfect showcase for the famous buffet. Guests with diet restrictions are presented with delicious wellness and gluten-free options. This is the perfect place for food lovers!
Cost for two: Rs 1500
Must-haves: Tandoori Kukad, Paneer Lababdar, Gondharaj fish Fry, Grilled Tenderloin and Crispy Seared Red Snapper
Rio Salao, DoubleTree by Hilton Goa - Panaji
A great place in DoubleTree by Hilton, where one can sit back and enjoy a cup of freshly brewed tea or coffee during the day or unwind with a favourite cocktail in the evenings over scenic sunset views. Overlooking the Mandovi river, Rio Salao – the lobby lounge is an ideal space for meeting with friends over drinks or enjoying traditional afternoon tea delicacies. The lounge offers a variety of sandwiches, freshly baked goodies and small eats menu for lunch and dinner.
Cost for two: 1500
Must-haves: Masala Chai, Jasmine Green Tea, Fruit Sangria, Th Bourbon Shake, Bombay Toasties, Mini Podi Idli and Quinoa Salad
If you are a Chinese food lover and looking for authentic Chinese cuisine in Goa, then do not look for any other option. Thai And Wok offer the best Chinese food along with Asian and Thai, in town. This place serves the best Thai dishes one would have ever tasted. Apart from the delicious food, the setting too is pretty. It is a beautiful place with amazing music playing in the background, and, one can enjoy their meal along with exotic cocktails.
Cost for two: Rs 600
Must-haves: Manhattan, Pink Lady, Cran-Daddy Cooler, Tung Tang, Som Tum Thai and Phad ka Pao
The Verandah, Panjim Inn Heritage Hotels
The Verandah serves a mix of Goan, Indian and Continental cuisine, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Overlooking a busy street corner, this place is a fine spot for a leisurely drink, the trademark here is brewed Goan Feni or a mocktail for the teetotaler.
Cost for two: Rs 500
Must-haves: Pork Sorpotel and Sambarachi Kodi (a typical Goan Prawn curry), Portuguese Serradurra and Bebinca
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