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  • Goan cuisine:
With Beach shacks in plenty selling anything and everything from Goan sausages to udipi dishes, getting your hands on an authentic Goan cuisine can be quite difficult task. For vegans adapting to Goan cuisine is not feasible as it mainly caters to seafood lovers with limited options for vegetarians. Shrimps, prawns, crabs, pomfret, mussels, coconut milk, rice and spice paste typically concatenate up a Goan dish.
Hindu Goan dishes are less oily and are cooked in coconut oil. Most Goan Hindus/Konkani’s are seafood lovers with Fish Curry and Rice being their staple diet. However, beef is a complete no-no in any Hindu cuisine as the cow is considered a God in their religion.
Catholic Goan dishes has been inspired by Portuguese cuisine and includes recipes like Ambot tik, Vindaloo (lamb, wine and garlic), Chouriço (pork sausage) and Gaye Roast Maas (roast beef). Xacuti prepared from any kind of meat is a typical Portuguese-Goan dish.
Beer and alcohol is available in plenty in Goa, but if you wish to try, something local & traditional then Feni made from fermented cashew fruit or sap of toddy trees is a popular local alcoholic beverage.
Following are some of the best-reviewed restaurants by tourists in Goa.

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  • Restaurants
Brittos Restaurant
Brittos was born when Chef Dominic Britto launched it in 1965 as a treat for seafood lovers. Now run by his son Cajetan and other chefs, this lovely shack with an advantageous location on Baga beach, springs some tasty surprises like pork vindaloo, seafood platter, large steak servings, Yorkshire pudding and chocolate mouse. Beer bottles and traditional Goan liquor to go with main course and a live band to entertain you makes your dining experience memorable. Thursday and Saturday are karaoke nights if you want to test your vocal chords.
Opening Times: 8.30 am to 11.00 pm
Address: Baga Beach, North of Panjim, Goa, India
Tel No:: +91 832 227 7331, +91 832 227 6291

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Supposed to be the best Steak House in Goa according to tourist reviews, After Seven is owned Leo D'Souza along with Chef Soumen Chakraborty. An outdoor dining restaurant at Leo’s house, you get to have a view of how your dish is being cooked before being served. Report your reviews to the Chef as he visits every table. This personalized service is at its best with servings of Camembert soufflé, Ocean’s fantasy seafood platter, and char grilled filet steak with blue cheese sauce. Do not forget to finish it all off with the Orange soufflé.
Opening Times: 7.00 pm to midnight
Address: 1/274B Gaura Vaddo, Calangute, Bardez, Goa, India
Tel No:: +91 832 227 9557, +91 92 2618 8288
Over The Flames
Serving both local and International tourists, Over the Flames is a high profile restaurant that serves multi-cuisine cuisine from the Chinese to Modern British. It consists of its own 110 PAX seating and a Lounge Bar and offer banqueting services for parties specially arranged by their team. Live Entertainment is played on most nights with Karaoke.
Opening Times: All day dining
Address: Next To Tarcar Ice Factory, Gaura Waddo, Calangute, Goa, India
Tel No::+91 832 9850451408, +91 832 9922031806
Fax No::+91 832 6452713
Bean Me Up - Soya Station-Salad Bar
Bean Me Up makes its presence felt amongst all the restaurants in Goa for its one of rare vegetarian Californian styled salad bars that serves only vegetarian food. If you really into Organic or Vegan cuisine then try out Tofu, Tempeh, Seitan served with brown rice or brown pitta bread. Zenergy juice bar, Kids corner, customized Pizza toppings and cultural events earn it points as a family eat-out.
Opening Times: 8.00 am to 4.00 pm and 7.00 pm to 11.00pm
Address: 1639 Deulvaddo, Anjuna-Vagator,Goa, India
Tel No::+91 832 227 3479
Copper Bowl
Part of the Pousada Tauma hotel, Copper Bowl is an alfresco restaurant that stylizes some authentic Goan cuisine in copper pots. If you are ready to experiment then try coconut-flavored chicken xacuti or balchao. A non-spicy version of seafood platter would include dishes cooked in coconut milk or various types of fish assortments served on banana leaf. The restaurant even has its own Copper Bar.
Opening Times: Dining all day.
Address: Porba Vaddo, Calangute, Bardez, Goa, India
Tel No::+91 832 227 9061 / 62 / 63
Fax No::+91 832 227 9064
Magic Italy
Located on Paolem beach, Magic Italy serves some amazing Italian cuisine for the past decade. Care has been taken to preserve the authenticity with brick ovens and fresh ingredients. You could try their Ravioli, Lasagne, Tagliatelle and of course the Pizzas.
Opening Times: 12.00 noon to 11.00 pm
Address: Palolem Beach Road, South Goa, India
Tel No::+91 90567 5149, +91 96230 43316, +91 832 2647 0167
A reverie
This evening time restaurant is located near Calangute near Panjim. Serving typical Goan food, they also offer a fully stocked up bar to go with the fish and meat dishes. Other than Goa, A reverie also has branches in other states of India and on the international podium.
Opening Times: 7.00 pm to midnight
Address: Next to Hotel Goan Heritage, Gaura Vaddo, Calangute, Goa, India
Tel No::+91 832 9823174927, +91 832 9326114661
Tibetan Kitchen
May be an odd choice for many, Tibetan Kitchen serves mainly Tibetan cuisine which is worthy savoring if you are a true foodie at heart. Not a very expensive restaurant, you always have customers returning backing due to its location away from the busy street of Calangute.
Opening Times: 7.00 pm to midnight
Address: Off Beach Road, Calangute, Goa, India
Tel No::+91 832 2275744
Boasting of serving the best Tandoori in the city, Sher-E-Punjab also specializes in North Indian, Goan, Mughlai and Punjabi cuisine. The restaurant has a fully stocked up bar and services include take-away facility, outdoor catering, home delivery, and ice cream parlor.
Address: Rua 18th June, Panjim, Goa, India
Opening Times: 10.00 am to midnight
Tel No::+91 832 227204, +91 832 227975
Fax No::+91 832 227975

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Some other restaurants in Goa worth a mention:

Delhi Darbar at Panjim for North Indian & Mughlai cuisine
Tel No::+91 832 2420205

Pentagon Restaurant near Majorda Beach Resort for Goan cuisine
Tel No::+91 832 2881402

Cavala Seaside restaurant at Cavala Hotels, Calangute for North Indian & Goan cuisine
Tel No: +91 832 2276090, +91 832 2277587
Fax No: +91 832 2277340

Palm Shade Bar & restaurant at Sinquerim Beach for North Indian, Tandoori & Goan cuisine
Tel No::+91 832 2277429

Banjara Restaurant & Bar at Margao for North Indian & Goan cuisine
Tel No::+91 832 2714837

Woodshade Bar & Restaurant at Margao for North Indian and Goan cuisine
Tel No: +91 832 2712838

Shangri-La Restaurant at Majorda Beach for Continental, Indian, Portuguese and Goan cuisine
Tel No: +91 832 2755133

Basilico Restaurant at Anjuna Beach for Italian cuisine
Tel No: +91 832 2273721

Waves Restaurant at Calangute Beach for Traditional Goan cuisine
Tel No: +91 832 2276017

Le Bluebird Restaurant at Vagator and Chapora Beach for French cuisine
Tel No: +91 832 2273695