Ever since it opened its doors in 2005, Fisherman’s Wharf has become a crowd favourite and perhaps the best seafood and multi-cuisine restaurant in South Goa. When you enter the restaurant, you will notice that it has the most enviable location. It’s located near the River Sal, you can sit on the wooden deck overlooking the River Sal and gaze at the old fishing boats lying idle or in use by the fishermen. The restaurant serves Indian and Chinese cuisines along with its flagship traditional Goan seafood. There’s the ever popular King Prawn Recheado, the spicy Prawn Balchao, and Pomfret in butter garlic sauce to engage your taste buds or you could try the all-time classic Goan Fish Curry with Rice. There is also the bar which serves excellent drinks to wash down all the food.
Mobor Beach, Near Holiday Inn, Cavelossim, Goa, India +91 90110 18866
Suwadik has managed to rise to great heights within a short span of time. It’s always thronged by people during the afternoon lunch hours, for this is when Suwadik rolls out its best dishes. When you enter, you’re greeted by cartoons and illustrations depicting scenes of dining on the shores of the Mandovi River, inspired by the style of legendary cartoonist Mario Miranda. The menu at Suwadik is largely Goan with authentic homely flavours and spices. Go for the seafood stuffed balls (made of minced fish and spices rolled in bread crumbs and deep fried) or tisryanche dangar made of spiced clams and mashed potatoes rawa tava fried for starters. For the mains, try the Fish Thali, Suwadik’s most famous dish. The Thali included a zesty prawn curry, dry bhaji, Tonnak, tisryo, two types of fried fishes, solkadi, chapatti, salad, and assorted pickle. End the dish with some sweetness, the caramel custard is a great choice.
Dr.Dada Vaidya Rd, Altinho Panjim, Goa, India +91 832 651 6159
In existence since 1937, Souza Lobo is today run the third generation Lobo family member, Jude Lobo. Situated at Calangute Beach, the restaurant attracts around 350-500 customers every day. It’s not just the location but the extraordinary preparation which attracts people from the whole of Goa. Expect no frills and hassled servers, but you won’t be disappointed. Try the masala fried prawns. It’s a home-cooked variation of dry prawn powder sautéed with onions and masala. You should also try the Sausage Pulao and the baked crabs, both of which are scrumptious. Souza Lobo also has live music with solo singers and duos every evening, enjoy it with their brilliant bar menu which has an impressive wine list and premium drinks.
Calangute Beach, Near Bandhodkar Statue, Calangute, Goa, India +91 83222 76463
The story of Martin’s Corner is one of sheer perseverance, beauty and hard work. After her husband’s retirement, Carafina Periera decided to set up two small tables outside the house, which also served as a grocery store. She served Sorpotel, Prawn Curry Rice and other dishes to the staff of the nearby hotels to make end meets. Her hard work paid off and her reputation grew, the grocery corner became the restaurant and was named after her late husband Martin. Today, it’s a popular spot with its red-checked tablecloths, photographs of famous patrons and, most importantly, its terrific food. Try the Rawa Fried Mussels, or, if you are feeling ravenous, order the Crab Masala Fry or the Kingfish balchao and eat them accompanied with Goan rice. It’s a sweet place which exudes love and happiness.
Binwaddo, Betalbatim, Salcette, Goa, India +91 832 288 0413