When in Goa, the most common phrase floating around is ‘Pig out!’ Indeed, eating and drinking in Goa is the main activity, perhaps even more than sightseeing and relaxing. Rave parties on the beachside are mostly eating and drinking, and when staying in the beach shacks, you can’t resist sampling delicious Goan dishes while sipping sweet juice. With the Goans’ laid-back and happy-go-lucky attitude, you cannot refuse to adapt to this same cheery attitude in terms of eating and especially, drinking.
Restaurants in Goa are almost everywhere. They are at hotels, sidewalks, beaches, shacks, villages, cities and remote towns. You have to try the streetside food, as it is generally the most authentic cooking along the coast. Goan dishes come in a wide variety of seafood dishes, vegetable and meat dishes. If you love seafood, the most famous is ambot-tik, a sweet and sour curry fish dish; caldeirada,a fish/prawns dish stewed with veggies and flavored with wine, racheiado, balchao and rissois.
For a Goan meat dish, never miss trying sorpotel, a famous meat dish from pork and pork organs, cooked in spicy sauce flavored with Feni. Other staple meat dishes include xacuti, chouricos (spicy port sausage) and cafrial. Local bread and sweets in Goa include uned, a small round cruchy roll and sanna, a steamed roll made from rice flour and coconut toddy. Famous sweets here are bebinca, dodol and doce.
Some of the best restaurants for eating and drinking in Goa can be found in the beaches. Whether you want Italian pizza, Asian noodles, BBB steak, fine French or all types of fresh seafood, you can definitely find a perfect place in Goa to satisfy your meticulous palate. Amongst the popular eating spots here are Fellini’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria in Arambol, Sur La Mer in Morjim, Thalassa in Vagator, Lloyd’s Steak & Grill in Candolim, Republic of Noodles in Candolim, and A Reverie in Calangute, just to name a few.
Goa is popular throughout India for the cheap alcohol, and their view to drinking is more relaxed compared to other parts of India. The abundance of local bars here in Goa is somewhat social where tourists and locals meet and socialize while drinking. You can find plenty of local beers, with Kingfisher Beer being the best-known in Goa.
The typical Goa drink is Feni or Fenny, an exclusive liquor that is often not sold outside Goa. This Goan drink consists of two types – coconut feni and cashew feni. It has a strong shelf life and drinking style differs. Between the two, the cashew feni (Kaju Feni) is the more lethal with a very strong smell and taste and is best mixed with soda or cola.
There’s no doubt that Goa is one of the most happening places in India. If you are planning on partying, eating and drinking in Goa, you’ll most likely be doing it at the same spot. The key to fully enjoy nightlife in Goa is not to plan at all. Just allow everything to unfold as the idea of coming across the unexpected is what makes it more exciting. Expect the beaches in Anjuna or Calangute to be full of people dancing to trance music while enjoying their drink.