With over 200 restaurants in Candolim alone, the big vacation dilemma if you’re staying in that part of the state is deciding where to eat. Roadside shacks, fine dining spots overlooking the beach and everything in between serve up fare to please any palate.
Rather than relying on the contradictory opinions on review sites, I’ve listed down the restaurants in Candolim I’ve personally tried with good, bad and ugly opinions. As always, I’ll keep updating it when I try out new places, remove ones that have shut down and update the reviews of existing ones depending on whether the experience is better or worse than before.
Perfect for date night, Tuscany Gardens is a romantic restaurant where you can dine under the stars. The twinkling lights, hanging lanterns, candles on the table and overhead vines contribute to building an ambience that fits into a novel. Tuscany Garden prides itself on delicious, hearty Italian fare and are reasonably priced for the massive portions they serve. I tried the cabonara and pesto pasta with chicken – both impeccable! Next time, I’m going for the pizza!
Cost for 2 – Rs. 1000/-
GUSTO – This half-Mediterranean, half-Kashmiri restaurant just off the Candolim main road is a must-visit. Their dishes are beautifully presented and pack a punch in terms of flavour. I loved the darling couple who run the quiet outdoor restaurant and I bet that once you go here, you’ll want to keep visiting. Read my detailed blog post here.
Cost for 2 – Rs. 1500/-
ARTHUR’S THEME – I’d heard about Arthur’s Theme for the longest time, but never managed to visit until quiet recently. Located in the Acacia Hotel property, I was wowed by the detailed and vintage-chic interiors in pastel shades. Arthur’s Theme boasts of a vast drinks menu but that’s not all there is to say about it – every item on the menu is named after mytholical and historical characters. Karl II, Atlas, Cleopatra, Caesar and Helen of Troy all feature in this medieval menu. Queen Marchell is a definite must try – luscious broiled mushrooms stuffed with cottage cheese and herbs. I loved everything I ate!
Cost for 2 – Rs. 1100/-
TIO TILLY- I’ve already blogged in detail about Tio Tilly here, but it is worth mentioning again. This sunny little place serves up epic pizzas and burgers and their butter basic prawns are to-die-for!! When I visited, their dessert menu wasn’t in place yet, but hopefully it will be when you go!
Cost for 2 – Rs. 1000/-
CAFÉ CHOCOLATTI – If you’re idea of heaven is sitting in a lush green garden, nibbling on brownies, scones and pancakes, this is the place for you! Nestled within a high walled garden with tropical plants and a lawn, Café Chocolatti is right on the main road yet has a secluded feel. They serve up some epic breakfasts and desserts but is a great place to go for a quick catch-up over coffee and snacks. Everything is made fresh, in house!
PRICE FOR 2 – RS. 1000/-
DE CANDOLIM DECK – To tell you the truth, I entered this restaurant because it looked brighter and was less crowded than the ones beside it. While it has a lot of negative reviews online, I’ll be fair and say that what I tried wasn’t completely terrible! In fact, the Chorizo Chilly Fry was great! The Vindaloo, however, was a far cry from Vindaloo. Would I visit again? Not if I had a choice. And definitely not if they’re playing that terrible Bollywood music that its neighbours are!
COST FOR 2- Rs. 1300
Got any places you think I should try? Have you dined at these places before? I want to hear it all, so comment below and let me know!