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An old house that has seen many years go by and is notoriously known for the capture of Charles Sobhraj back in the day. It even has a mural on the verandah dedicated to his legacy at O’Coqueiro, Porvorim junction. Walk in for a choice between the air-conditioned and the open space. The open space is airy with a bar right in the middle of the area. The seating is casual and this space also has a private dining area. If you wish to move into the air-conditioned area beside the small bar ‘Taverna’, then you have a choice of choosing your own private dining room depending on the numbers. A quick glance through the menu and you will find old Portuguese favourites are listed. For starters opt for the Pasties de Peche – 8 croquettes of fish with a potato mix or you can stick to the popular Rissoise de Camarao. The prawn filling in a crunchy casing is a delight. For mains, try the Castelaa De Porco which are succulent pork chops in a mild sauce on hash brown or the Galinha Cafreal, a half chicken served the traditional way which is a full leg and breast. For the continental fare, don’t miss the Beef O Coqueiro. The meat is succulent in a flavorful brown sauce with a fried egg on top that adds to the taste. A perfectly nostalgic experience.
This restaurant is on Panjim Mapusa Road and at the O Coqueiro junction from where you can also take the road to Calangute and other beaches of North Goa. No airconditioning but with ceiling fans and open sides. Good Goan vegetarian food now and it is already very famous for Non veg food. Good service. Reasonable price.
We had a stopover for lunch here. I absolutely love the restaurant ambience: Portuguese house looks so beautiful, so authentic and mosaic tile floor is gorgeous. also I love that they keep history alive in there: it was interesting to walk around and find amusing facts about restaurant life and people all the way from 1960's. Food is absolute yum!! We ordered Italian minestrone soup (honestly, better than I tried in Italy itself). Chef's special paneer was a treasure!! Soooo rich in flavor and well spiced without overpowering paneer taste. Stuffed crab was small in size but incredibly good. And last but definitely not least is king fish: masala fried it was quite spicy for me but my mom said it's mouth watering! Prices: I don't remember how much we paid but it was not over priced for sure! Because I would definitely keep that point in mind. Service: that was the worst part. There was no waiter assigned to our table. We had like 5 of them coming at different times asking us same questions and missing our food. Overall, it was a great find and nice experience.
The food here is very nice. There is a variety of choices veg as well as non-veg. I visited this restaurant with my family and we all loved the food. Surely recommend to try it out atleast once if you have other options on hand.
O Coqueiro is an old favourite. In this visit on Christmas day it was one of the few places where getting a table was possible. A big improvement that has happened is that the service levels have gone up quite a few notches, with food arriving quicker than I expected. Stuffed squid, Prawn balchao and chilly squid were all superb, and so was the local Goan rice.
We were at the Sala de Jantar restaurant at O Coqueiro to celebrate a birthday and were 12 of us in total. 8 elders, 2 teens and 2 kids. We were there for lunch and the ambience was just right. A little crowded but totally understandable considering it was a Sunday and a holiday weekend just before Christmas. Nevertheless, the staff did a great job taking care of us and our needs. So, a big thank you to them. The non vegetarians loved their meal - typical Goan food. The menu has decent vegetarian fare as well. There is ample parking and multiple place inside to dine. A great choice if you are in North Goa, north of Panjim. The place is right on the Mumbai - Goa highway.
When you think of Goa, what is it that first comes to your mind? Is it the stunning beaches or is it exciting nightlife? For us, Goa is all about food. The city is home to some truly enchanting eateries, each with their own perspective on regional gastronomy. Gorgeous old villas have been converted into fine dining restaurants, giving the diners a backdrop seeped in culture and history. If your tastes run in the same direction then drive down to Porvorim in Penha de Franca, where you will find a splendid eatery by the name of ‘O’ Coqueiro’. Any local will tell you this place is legendary. This old house, which was infamous for the capture of Charles Sobhraj, basks in the scandal rather than avoid it. A stunning mural on the veranda is the indication to this fact.
If your interest is peaked then you will find their menu even more fascinating. The chef serves a menu brimming with old Goan favourites. Classic Goan recipes that you hope to see in any good regional restaurant finds a spot at O’ Coqueiro. Get your fill of the seafood preparations. They are authentic and excellently executed. They are pretty much used to catering to the late night partygoers who pop in for a bite into wee hours of the morning. Surprisingly, they don’t do alcohol so make do with coffees and juices. Grab couple of appetizers to kick-start the menu but keep your focus on the mains. Devour, fish ambotik, galinha cafreal, pan fried calamari, roast pork, beef chilly fry, mattar paneer, mutton roganjosh, pork vindaloo, camarao O’Coqueiro, arroz de mariscos goesa and beef roast tongue.
Mop up the curries with a Goan pao or Goan pulao. Sugar buffs are coddled with an array of delectable desserts, which are guaranteed to shoot your calories up. Sample traditional Goan desserts bebinca, caramel desire and serradura. For a desi touch you have gulab jamun or matka kulfi. One look at the menu will tell you how reasonable this place is. A lovely Old Portuguese villa with a wraparound veranda is the location for O’ Coqueiro. They throw open the doors to let the sunlight pour in and wash the extended lobby with soft light. Furnishings are smart and chic. Use of dual toned sofa chairs adds to the room a much-needed contrast. A wonderful place for a date or a cozy family dinner.