“The silken shores and soothing breeze, beach beds and massage, suntan and bikini blondes quixotic eve along with rufescent sunset, beach parties and trance music belly dancers and beer bottles… What’s missing is the Goan flavour.”
Backpacking for a holiday in Goa is just not to mapquest the bootylicious legless blonde mermaids on the serene beaches but also to sip and slurp to burp the best out of you.
Goa over the decades has become one of the popular leisure holiday destinations in India pulling in travellers from distant parts of the world. Apart from the sandy beaches of Goa, overlooking the Arabian Sea, the Konkan state that is trued up on the Western coast of peninsular India beholds a vast colonial history, which still reflects from the remnants like churches and forts and even from the mouthful flavours of Goa, trance music and dance and festivals.
Goa cuisine is popular for its rich variety of sea food delicacies that include Lobsters, Crabs, Prawns and various kinds of fish. Goa is just an ideal hub for non-vegetarians as well as one who prefers to try out the unique flavours of alcohol and when speaking of the blotto charm, it’s all about Kaju Feni.
Speaking on the galley of authentic Goan delicacies, it is better to go shack hopping on your Goa Trip. Goa beach shacks offer a wide array of cuisine, which are traditional and unqiue.
Just imagine an ambiance where you are sitting beneath a thatched roof… soft tunes in the backdrop… open fresh air… a bright sunny day and in front of you lay a flock of bikini babes tanning under the sun and all of a sudden a group of playful kids break your bevywatch. Damn! That turns dramatic and you go for a Beer Sip and you call the waiter …
Buddy what’s in the menu? There you are voyaged into a world of fish, blazed up on tandoori delicacies and poured into its killer cocktails. The Zanzi Bar has a certain zing on the Baga Beach that also serves Italian, Chinese and Continental.
‘Hey man! Beat it hard… Bum shake shake bum, shake shake bum bum…’ The Curlies at the Anjuna Beach caters the hippies and foreigners. It maintains a roof top lounge bar serving some of the finest liquor and special cocktails and a garden restaurant, which is ideal for rave parties. Further it serves authentic Goan cuisine as well as a la carte of Indian and international delicacies.
‘Hey it’s a Sunday… where’s the roast?’ The Bobby’s Shack at the Candolim Beach is popular for Sunday roast. Nonetheless the Wednesday barbeques flame up the weekdays. Over the years it maintains a homely atmosphere pulling in global tourists and offering the local charm even during off seasons. Along with varieties of expensive drink, Bobby’s Shack serves fresh courses brunch, snacks and dinner that includes the carte du jour in variety of sea foods, non-veg and veg delicacies, tandoor and deserts.
‘Ah! Please bring me the prawn curry rice along with the masala fried fish and crab xacuti…’ Yummiest since 1932 the Souza Lobo at the Calangute Beach maintains the age old charm and flavour pulling in tourists even in changing trends. A perfect culinary hub to bring out the carnivore in you… the shack serves beef steaks to pork along with sea foods like crabs and lobsters. Nonetheless the Souza Lobo is also an ideal wineout shack that maintains a well-stocked bar.
Now… it’s time to build up a culinary bond secluded within the savoured walls, which echoes by the trance beat and reflects the happening moment. Whether it is rustic Italian pizzas, gourmet Greek, fine French, Asian noodles, a BBQ steak, classic Goan prawn curry and all manner of fresh seafood, restaurants in Goa are foodies roost. From locals to tourists, they swipe out to enjoy great treats…
‘What are you talking about? Shark Curry and Ox Tongue Roasted?’ The Martin’s Corner at the Betalbatim Beach, South Goa is popular for its undulated menu that serves Goan, Continental, Indian, Chinese that includes seafood and tandoor. Moreover once started as a small shop… today Martin’s Corner beholds huge frames of famous people including Sachin Tendulkar who visits Martin’s Corner twice a year. The restaurant maintains a quality menu as well as hospitable staffs and hygienic surroundings.
‘Go Green… I’m a vegetarian.’ Bean Me Up located at south of Chapora River, close to Goa’s one of the happening places, Anjuna, is an invite to embrace wide variety of green delicacies blended in soya. Yup! Bean Me Up, the name that was inspired from the legendary Star Trek line, ‘Bean me up, Scotty’, is a one stop soya station shop where even the meat lovers lick their fingers to their TOFU delight. It also maintains hut accommodations for their guests.
‘Am I at my home and having sausages?’ Yessss… once you step onto the floor of Mom’s Kitchen at Panjim, you will acquaint a homely décor that drives to home away from home. The Mom’s Kitchen is popular for the legendary Goan sausages. Further delicacies like regalo di mare, which is a unique preparation of prawn dressed in tomato vinaigrette, and crespelle con gamberi, which is another authentic preparation of sea food, makes Mom’s Kitchen a foodie’s kitchen.
It is a meat hub of carnivores. Lloyd’s Steak & Grill at Candolim is one of the finest restaurants in Goa that serves the best of beef, chicken and pork steaks. It maintains a hardcore non-veg environment that makes you to feel… like you are having your steak at roadside grill. Being to Lloyd’s Steak & Grill… kindly leave your veg partner behind.
Obviously being in Goa one cannot just hold on a milk glass in the midst of his or her beer buddies. So it is better you change your glass and drop an ice cube into your pious peg. Areye! Even a kid, there in Goa, at least sips a mocktail than having traditional orange squash. So better be your Goa Trip ‘on the rocks’ and ‘cocktails’ at the…
It is located close to the Miramar Beach and overlooking the Mondovi River, inside the Marriott Spa & Resort, Goa, and maintains a good interior, amiable bar tenders and well stocked bar. It mostly attracts the young party lovers. It serves traditional flavours like Mojito, Martini share space with Goan Feni based cocktails.
It offers a vibrating nightlife. The Cavala Restobar in the Cavala Beach Resort at Baga… overlooking the Arabian Sea is unique place to party being with your family, friends and colleagues. Must try outs are the Apple Mint Delight and Mojito Sangria.
If offers a retro charm…amid a crowd of hippies. The Taverna inside the Cidade De Goa at Dona Paula maintains a wide range of cocktails, mocktails, whiskey, vodka, rum and even stocks the traditional Kaju Feni.
Just after an ideal Baywatch our mood swings to whirling feet. The mood perks up to a sprawling nightlife in Goa… after all WE ARE IN GOA, the land of hippies. Sauntavaddo in Baga arrays a number of nightclubs, bars, pubs and discotheques that often ends up with a long queue. Some of the best nighlife floors in Sauntavaddo are the Fisherman’s Wharf, Café Mambo’s, Kamasutra Lounge Bar & Eatery and Leopold Lounge Bar. Walk ahead… On the Rocks close to the Baga Beach is yet another happening place in Goa.