10 Shacks That Serve The Best Food in North Goa
Goa is one of the most visited tourist places in India. People from all over the world come and stay here because of its beautiful ocean views, fun-filled activities on the beaches and serene atmosphere. Be it the pocket-friendly food and beverages, the indo-Portugal culture, the attractive monuments, or the endless parties and the water sports; Goa has something for everyone.
Goa is also famous for its own cuisine which is heavily influenced by Konkani style preparations with spices and fresh sea food. Sampling Goan cuisine is a must do! The shacks on the beaches here offer some great food, snacks, and drinks. These shacks have changed the way people chill and party in Goa. Music played in these shacks range from cozy tracks to the bass-thumping ones. So here are our top picks of shacks from Goa which offers delectable food.
10 Shacks that serve the best food in North Goa
1. La Plage
This is an amazing shack at the Ashvem Beach and is extremely famous one in the locality. French-Mediterranean cuisine dominates its menu. Their special dish- grilled chicken in chocolate sauce is to die for. Enjoying the food here while watching the sunset will just make your day. It is open on all the days of the week. You will surely have the best time of your stay here. La Plage has a wonderfully charming ambiance, with colored wooden tables and chairs which are placed on the beach, so that your toes would never leave the soft sand. The menu keeps changing, but a few staples are always there.
Tip: Don’t miss out on tasting some of their wine, Liver Pate, Beef burger (one of the best in town), Gratinated/Stuffed Mussels, Sesame Crusted Seared Tuna and chocolate thali.
2. Villa Blanche
Situated at Assagaon, this place will give you the feel as if you are in some other country. With a great atmosphere, this shack is set up in an Old Portuguese villa. For shade, they use a huge parachute. Their menu consists of food which can easily make you feel like you are on your dream European vacation. Some of their ingredients are specially sourced from Europe and some from the Middle East. This is what makes it a terrific and a unique place to have a Sunday brunch with your pals.
Must try: Apple pie, spinach lasagna, the cheesecake, scrambled eggs Spanish style, HUGO-a drink from Germany, waffle with fruit and yogurt.
This shack is located at the famous Baga beach. After being exhausted from doing the adventure activities, you may have a relaxing bite at this bar & restaurant. They offer some chilled beer and exotic cocktails will instantly calm your adrenaline rush. They offer a multi-cuisine menu with a plethora of exquisite seafood and a massive list of drinks. It has been featured in Legendary Outlets and Great Shacks. It has become a ritual to visit here while visiting as everybody recommends this place and because of its happening location, this bar has gained a lot of popularity.
Must Try: Poi, Goan Bread (hard to find in restaurants), Goan fish curry with steamed rice etc.
Looking for a place to go with your someone special? Try this place situated on a cliff at Vagator. You would not want to leave anytime soon because of its comfy and romantic environment. It is an open-air Greek restaurant giving a fantastic view of the Arabian Sea. Not only this but, watching the sunset with your spouse will just be out of this world. This place will make you feel like you are in Greece. The menu offers you classic Greek appetizers and the quintessential Greek salads and grills.
According to a review, “One of the prettiest places in Goa. Thalassa is my personal favorite not only in terms of its beautiful seaside view but also when it comes to food. It serves best of veg and non-veg both! We ordered chicken, fish (a good dish for those who prefer their food to be spicier), beef burger and veg risotto! And each and every dish is a must try. Although the place is a little pricy, it sure is worth it”.
Must try: the kebab wraps, the lamb or beef mousakas, or even the spanakorizo (which is spinach and rice cooked in a pot with olive oil, spices, and feta cheese).
The divine sunset and the heavenly food will never let you even want to leave this place. This shack is known for the best steaks in town. This is a perfect place for meat lovers. With a very innovative menu, their starters and salads are what you should be trying out, apart from those steaks, of course. Situated at Arambol, You might have to wait to get a table here as it is highly flocked with people. But once you get it, you will have the yummiest food ever. Watching the waves crashing on the beach as you eat will be an unforgettable experience.
Must Try: the Asian Style Tuna, Sesame Beef Salad, Clams w/ Chorizo. In the mains they do a mean Blue Cheese Steak and Filo Pastry Bon-Bons w/ Chocolate Ganache for dessert.
This is one of the most picturesque shacks in North Goa. It is quite a popular place as both foreigners, as well as Indians, visit here frequently. With a pretty happening and energized mood, great music, chilled alcohol and decent food, Curlies is the place that you should be. Here, you can just sit with a beer in hand and soak in the sun, sand and the waves. You can have a great time here, watching the sunset while enjoying the music.
Must Try: The delicious King Prawns and the well-cooked masala red snapper.
7. Baxters Beach Shack
This shack has an inside-outside restaurant, a beach bar, a little gazebo for live music and a string of cute stalls. Despite this being set up in a huge land of 3 acres, you might have to wait to get your seat. This is a really popular beach shack amongst both locals and tourists, located at Ashwem. You get to enjoy the sand, the waves and of course, the sunset here. You can actually curl your toes in the sand here. This shack has cozy ambiance where people love to spend their evening. The small stalls in the Baxters area sell ethnic art and craft which is just another reason to go to this shack. Meals come pre-plated so you don’t have to strain your brain trying to order complimentary things from a la carte menu. While waiting for the food, you may try kayaking or indulge in beach volleyball if you are into sports. Also, you can play a game of pool or go for a dip in the sea. This place offers a space that gives very kind of traveler a reason to hang out.
This place comes alive on Fridays when they host a bazaar. It has a separate space for kids to make them busy for some time; the time you can dedicate to your partner or rather work on that tan.
Must Try: Yakhni Pulao, Awadhi Beef Pasanda and treats from the tandoor
8. Souza Lobo
Located at the most popular beach of the district, the Goan seafood dishes served here are impeccable. It is as Goa as it can be; ranging from dishes to the theme to the mood. When you are tired from all the beach activities, you may come here and relax. The experience will be great once you find the table. Yes! You might have to wait here for some time. You would want to go through almost all they have on the menu, especially the desserts with its tantalizing display. “Fish fry and a chilled Heineken is the best pair that you could try over here”, in the opinion of Allywn Jose.
Must Try: Masala crabs and the masala rawa fried Kingfish. Also, Prawn curry rice.
9. Dream Catcher
If you are on a low budget trip, then this is the place for you. Quite popular among tourists due to their cheap alcohol and amazing food, it is situated on the Baga beach. Both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian food are served here at reasonable rates. The staff is also very polite and courteous. A review said, “I went to this shack and it was very silent and was not playing loud music which I just wanted. I had a very bad experience with the pork chilly dish which I had in Arambol. So when I was ordering the same dish here I was very skeptical to let the owner know about it and he assured me to trust him and just taste it and so we did and believe it was just great. Really loved the food there from the next 3 days of stay in Goa”.
10. Calamari Beach Shack
Here, people are supposed to take a dip in the sea and then come here to relax and chill. Thus following the tagline, Bathe and Binge. The aroma of the extravagant dishes will fill your nostrils which will instantly calm your mind and you will relax in an awesome environment. The hearty portions and delicious food will force you to eat them instantly. A perfect eatery for music lovers, Calamari’s live music will surely amuse you. It is situated at Candolim. It has featured in Planet Goa foodies’ select collection.
Now that your bucket list of eating places is filled, pack your bags and hop on your vehicles to go to Goaaa!! Enjoy eating, sight-seeing and partying at this amazing place. Have an unforgettable holiday!
Contributor: Akanksha Bhadauria