Top Veg, Non-Veg and Beach Restaurants in Goa

Goa is a popular year round tourist destination and people from all over the world flock to this beautiful destination to not only enjoy its beaches but also its amazing cuisine. Goa is home to many restaurants and some of the best ones serve a variety of interesting delicacies. One of the best ways of getting to enjoy authentic Goan cuisine is by exploring and visiting one of the roadside eateries that may seem small yet serve excellent Goan cuisine.

Top Five Vegetarian Restaurants in GOA:

  • Little Italy: This place serves authentic vegetarian Italian cuisine and it is perfect to enjoy an excellent meal in the evening.
  • Plantain Leaf: This is yet another amazing restaurant serving a host of vegetarian Indian and Continental delicacies.
  • Hotel Kamat: Located on the church square in Panaji, this place serves South Indian vegetarian food.
  • Satkar Hotel: This place is also known for offering a range of South Indian delicacies.
  • Vegetarian Restaurant: Situated on Tito’s Road on Baga Beach, this restaurant is run by an English woman and she serves a variety of vegetarian delights.

Top Five Non-Vegetarian Restaurants in GOA:

  • After Seven Restaurant: This restaurant is extremely popular and is one of the best dinner venues in Goa. The restaurant is situated between Calangute and Candolim and is known to offer some of the best steaks in town.
  • I-95 Restaurant: This place is known to serve some of the best-grilled meats especially prawns and lobsters.
  • Souza Lobo: This is one of the best restaurants in Calangute, Goa. This is literally an institution where Goan food is concerned and therefore a must visit for anyone looking to sample Goan delicacies.
  • Brittos Restaurant: Brittos in Baga Beach is one of the most popular beach shacks serving excellent array of delicacies especially prawn curry, crab curry and chicken fried rice.
  • Fiesta: This is a restaurant in Calangute that is known to be one of the most romantic restaurants and serves excellent pizzas, meat and seafood platters.

Top Five Beach Restaurants in GOA:

  • Cavala: This beachside restaurant on Baga beach not only offers great food but also features amazing live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The friendly staff further ensures that one enjoys a wonderful dining experience.
  • St. Anthony’s: This is yet another restaurant at Baga Beach that is known for serving a host of Indian delicacies and is one of the oldest restaurants in Goa.
  • Waves: Situated on Calangute beach, Waves is an amazing restaurant reflecting an artistic ambience and traditional Goan delicacies are presented in an extremely creative manner.
  • Stone House: Those with a penchant to excellent grilled meats and steaks must visit Stone House.
  • Lila Café: Situated on the banks of Baga river, this extremely pretty café serves an assortment of delicious pastries and other mouthwatering delights.

Gourmet Vegetarian – Small Plates at Green Zebra

Winter in Chicago is a fine time for trying new restaurants; we have a total of three different “Restaurant Weeks” going on in January and February–Chicago Originals, North Shore Restaurant and Chicago Restaurant Week, which begins February 18. Frankly, with my suburban location and a five year old I can’t always participate in these great deals, but that’s what I have Groupon for. My most recent culinary adventure came courtesy of that Chicago-based company, because I had to use my discount at Green Zebra last week-or lose it.

Green Zebra is an upscale vegetarian restaurant, decorated in a contemporary manner with bamboo and ferns that create cool textured shadows on the ceiling. It’s small, lively and dimly lit (hard to get good photos in this place without a flash, which seems to disturb the ambiance!), and I had a bit of trouble getting a reservation on an evening immediately after the Big Blizzard of 11′–fortunately, someone had cancelled. A sign asks you to shut off your cell phones, and you can check your coat in at the front counter.

I think of my desire to eat at Green Zebra as an attempt to drag my husband, kicking and screaming, into a more adventurous world of food. His diet is what he’s dubbed “truck-driver vegetarian”-all the bread, cheese and grease you can eat, just without the meat. He’s a big guy, over six feet tall, so I think the idea of small plates makes him a bit nervous, wondering if he’ll get enough to eat. He’s also a creature of habit, and likes to visit the same restaurants over and over again. But, because he knows how much of a foodie I am, I can occasionally introduce him to something new, and he likes it. Or at least, he tells me he does. That’s how I know he’s a good husband.

I will say we actually ate pretty lightly. Our waitress said that a good meal of small plates usually consists of three or four plates per person, but between us we had five plates and a dessert selection.

We started out with two cold plates, Hen Of The Woods mushroom pâté with date mostarda and pumpkin seed brittle, and a Riesling poached seedling farm pear salad with feta, mint, almonds and citrus. I loved the pâté, which was very flavorful yet mild. Even after the bready bits were gone I just ate the stuff with a knife (see how sophisticated I am?). The pear salad was less successful for me, mainly because the pear was so soft, but again the flavors were vibrant.

Next, we had a roasted pumpkin soup with whipped creme fraiche, Thai basil, pepitas and garlic, along with a small mound of fettucine, basil, pistachio, giardiniera, garlic and parmesan cheese. Both dishes were delicate and well-done. The pumpkin soup was sweet and creamy, and the fettucine, although you might think it a fairly simple pesto-style pasta, was accented with these marinated carrots (the giardiniera, I imagine) that helped to elevate the dish into something special.

We also had spiced hush puppies with seven-year cheddar. I was a little hesitant to order this, because my experience with hush puppies to date has been in Long John Silvers’ Fish & More meal, and they were eaten with ketchup. But the guy at the table next to ours, who was also using his Groupon, assured us it was an amazing dish, and he was right. Basically, hush puppies here are these little balls of fried dough, with some cheese melted on top. I think I might come back just for those.

After that we decided we were still hungry, so we decided on the dessert plate, which seemed big enough to satisfy whatever was left of the hunger pangs in each of our bellies. We were right. The plate was a chef’s selection that included three homemade sandwich cookies (chocolate chip and peanut butter, chocolate and mint, and ginger and maybe vanilla, I think), a cupcake and a doughnut, complete with hole. These desserts were rich enough to complete our meal with a flourish.

I almost forgot what was my favorite discovery of the night, something called a pink peppercorn thyme soda. This was a lovely little concoction that was just enough carbonated without being fizzy, with a clean and crisp and unusual flavor. I loved it. I would go back just for another taste.

We both enjoyed our meal immensely, although my husband admitted that he could have used a heartier meal after the long day he’d had. Personally, I found the amounts perfect, but I am about a foot smaller than my husband and he runs half-marathons regularly while I sit around and stare at my elliptical machine as though it was going to do something interesting.

I will tell you what I think is the greatest strength of Green Zebra: its chef, Shawn McClain, knows how to put flavors together, whether it’s to complement another flavor or to accent it. Every dish we tried included some unexpected little zing of something that just made it exciting. I love food, but I’m a newbie when it comes to food culture. I’m out of my element when I go to places like this. Nevertheless, the restaurant had me discussing flavor combinations as though I knew what I was talking about. It’s the kind of place where you can’t help but talk about the food, because it’s the type of place that makes you think about the food. It makes you consider the ingredients separately, and together. That in itself makes Green Zebra special.

Honestly, this is a place that’s a bit out of my price range for regular nights out. But I’m already trying to figure out which of my vegetarian friends-and which of my non-vegetarian friends, since I didn’t miss the meat one bit-I should take back for a meal at Green Zebra.

Green Zebra also features a tasting menu and honors other dietary restrictions, so vegans will have no trouble eating there as well. The guy who sat next to us also said the Sunday brunches there are fabulous, so that may be our next visit.

Green Zebra
1460 W. Chicago Ave.
312-243-7100

Top Vegetarian Paradise in the World (1)

With the emerging of a new eating fashion, there are more and more people who favor food made of vegetables. People would like to take in this kind of food for the sake of health and longevity. They think that vegetables are much more healthy than meat. Throughout the whole world there are many places in which vegetables are really famous. Now I will list the top vegetarian paradise in the world.

1. Singapore

Since there are a large number of Indian and Chinese live here, you can easily find vegetarian food in Singapore. Hawkers centers and gourmet centers all around Singapore provide various kinds of food made of vegetables for you. Or you can go to the colorful Indian restaurant like Komala Vilas or chain stores like Sagar Ratna and Saravana Bhavan where there are food exclusively available for vegetarians.

2. Mexico city

In Mexico City, there are sheer vegetarian restaurants and healthy food restaurants everywhere, including Super Soya chainstore, The Green Corner and Vegi Market. Food like hawking fruit, elote, fresh juice here can surely make vegetarians fulfill their stomach in Mexico.

3. Taipei

Influenced by Buddhism, those vegetarian food in Taiwan has developed into a distinctive style of cooking. “Meat” in this kind of food is made up of gluten or soybean protein. So those people who are fond of vegetarian food can try this when visiting Taipei.

4. Kyoto

Although there are a lot of foods made of vegetables in Japan, you can still find some delicious vegetarian food such as shojin ryori in Kyoto. This vegetarian food is made up of many kinds of dishes which are offered in many temples in Japan. There are also some other kinds of special vegetarian food such as the skin of soybean milk, wheat bran, eggplant food, carrot food etc. Each of them are delicate but cheap.

5. Vancouver

There are many gourmet activities here in Vancouver. It is the paradise for vegetarians and natural food. In the evening, the vegetable pizza in Jamaican Pizza Jerk will surely fulfill your stomach. Besides, you can search for your own favorite vegetarian food in the restaurant around the city.