Following from the short intro of local eats in my earlier blog entry, here’s some restaurants you could actually visit if you’re doing independent travelling around India.
Step into Hotel Shreyas and order the buffet lunch then just wait for waiters to come round and serve you an assortment of dishes as you watch them pile on your plate.
As you can see, a typical Maharashtrian Thali comprising curries, roti, deep fried aloo (potato) and pappadum. I washed down my lunch with a cup of sweet lassi.
Then, it’s off to Goa for more veggie eats.
Day 1: Forrest Veg Food Court (Panjim City)
My arrival at Goa coincided with the International Film Festival and I could feel the festive mood as street food were served along the river opposite the Inox theatre. Since a local recommended Forrest, I decided to sit back and enjoy the ambience, it’s outdoors but not really in a forest, as I tucked into my Palak Paneer Dosa for dinner.
Day 2: Looda Cafe (Anjuna Market)
On the second day, I joined an Australian couple and headed to the Anjuna Markets. Once there, we headed to the the nearest restaurant – Looda Cafe for lunch.
Since I have a fascination for lassi, I decided to be a little adventurous and ordered the papaya flavoured one. It was a mistake, I felt queasy after a few sips and didn’t want to take the risk to slurp the cup clean.
I’ve also been having Indian cuisine for the past few days and wanted to grab a more ‘western’ meal, which was why I settled for the veg burger.
Overall, the food at Looda was a disappointment. I get the feeling dishes here were cooked to suit westerners. The ingredients didn’t taste like they were hot off the oven either, probably microwaved.
Dinner: Navtara Pure Veg Restaurant
After catching half a Hindi movie at the Inox theatre, I sneaked out to meet my new found friends at Navtara for dinner. The thali is certainly a huge portion and it comes with a pot of pulao (rice) too!
Close up of Karen’s dinner.
Her daughter ordered the Briyani. I chomped down a few mouthfuls and it was tasty even though the main ingredients were simple containing potatoes and peas but it is rich with spices.
I had no idea what Kadhai Hyderabadi was but decided to give it a go. Turned out to be a bowl of spinach based curry which suited me fine as I chomped down with roti.
Day 4: Samudra (North Goa)
As part of the South Goa tour by bus, strongly recommend, we stopped over at Samudra for lunch.
I opted for a dish that I’m familiar with this time and to my delight, it was delicious! Complemented with roti, the curry sauce was spicy, thick and piping hot.
Day 5: Green Hill ( South Goa)
I made my way to South Goa the next day where I visited World Heritage Monuments such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus and St Francis Xavier. We stopped by the Green Hills restaurant for lunch and I ordered the Makhanwala Veg, made up of cauliflower and tomato. I also had the chance to try a bit of the Paneer Butter Masala dish across the table.
Hotel Fidalgo – Legacy of Bombay
The tour guide has recommended Hotel Fidalgo for pure vegetarian food. I decided to give it a try one afternoon while walking around Panjim City.
Since I heard Indian Chinese food is unique in the country, I decided to order the Vegetable Manchurian. It tasted like tofu balls soaked in gravy although the waiter told me its made of carrots and vegetables. With the gravy still hot and flavoured with hints of spice, I can’t stop myself from sipping large spoonfuls as if drinking soup.
The paneer chilli croissant is worth a mention. I bought it as a snack beside the legacy of Bombay under the Hotel Fidalgo group. After reheating, the croissant still taste fresh and it’s more like a bread texture rather than a flaky pastry as I bite into chunks of spicy potato cubes.
Last day: Rasoi the Kitchen (Calangute)
On the last day of travel, I spent my Sunday at the Baga beach and walked down the road towards Calangute. Famished along the way, I popped into a 100% veg restaurant called Rasoi the Kitchen and had this chick pea dish. The restaurant has an al fresco concept but it’s located in the basement so you could still look up to the main road yet enjoy your meal in peace.
This rounds up my maiden trip to India but look out as Veggie Foodie heads to Singapore to hunt down the best veggie eats.