Calangute dining appeals to the masses on their Goa holidays with a range of multi-cuisine offerings, experimenting with many different European and Asian recipes to create a wonderful blend of flavours.
Seafood restaurants are plentiful in Calangute and it comes as no surprise given the town features the largest stretch of beach in northern Goa. Served in the many beach shack restaurants that line the Arabian Sea coastline, fish lovers can indulge in their favourite dishes and experience some of the Indian specialities such as prawn rissoles, kalputi and crab xec xec.
Less than a 10-minute walk from the seafront, Cafe Lazy Days presents you with the essence of a beach shack restaurant without the crowds. Popular for its home away from home ambience, the cafe is admired by many for the outstanding service that accompanies their scrumptious, worldly food.
If you're hungry for a starter then the chicken pinwheels are a brilliant choice, beautiful in both taste and presentation. Make sure you save room for dessert though, the double layer mousse is simply irresistible. If you're just popping in for a drink, treat yourself to a glass or two of Indian wine as you challenge your friends and family to a game of pool.
Quality is the top priority at Chef Soumyen's Kitchen, with its carefully crafted delights fresh from the sea. Making use of his experience cooking on British cruise ships and in Indian hotels, Chef Soumyen Chakraborty serves some of the finest European cuisine found on holidays to Goa. Favourite dishes are the delicious crumb-fried fish and chips, and the sumptuous lobster thermidore.
Vegetarians are also well catered for here with an excellent selection of alternative dinner choices, including the exquisitely spiced spaghetti arrabiata cooked with the freshest Italian ingredients. Anyone that enjoys wine with their meal is in very safe hands with Chef Soumyen in charge – he helps you find the perfect bottle to match your order.
Zuperb is home to some of the most exquisite Indian delicacies in all of Goa thanks to their wide array of traditional Parsi dishes. The dhansak and salli boti come widely recommended, washed down nicely with the restaurant's terrific selection of chilled beers.
Some evenings you can be treated to entertainment while you dine in the form of live music. The stylings of local Goan singers really accentuate the cultural atmosphere of Zuperb, and make a lovely accompaniment to the fast service and loving hospitality that the restaurant always strives to uphold.
A walk along Calangute beach will offer you an amazing choice of places to dine, and none come better recommended than the Chelsea Beach Shack. Alongside recipes hailing from Europe and Asia, the beachfront restaurant serves up an assortment of Indian seafood meals with ingredients fresh from Goan waters.
Open from 8.30am until 11pm seven days a week, the Shack is ideal for a sunny day spent at the beach. If you're an early riser, enjoy the taste of home with an English cooked breakfast, complete with a pot of strong black coffee. Later visitors can sit back with a Chelsea Special cocktail and watch the sun set over the Arabian Sea.
Those with a strong palate for Asian cuisine should find themselves right at home in Koi. Taking inspiration from all over the world's largest continent, this restaurant combines adventurous flavours with warm, Asian decor to create a wonderful ambience for a night of dining.
The green Thai curry is a favourite of many – a delightful main course after the Japanese udon noodle soup or tom yum goong. If it's sushi you're after then Koi have got you covered with their fantastic variety of rolls, dim sum and platters starting at Rs.500. They go down beautifully alongside a refreshing champagne cocktail.