Best Vegetarian Goa Restaurants – You Must Check


Every time people asked me about my recommendations for Goa Restaurants – good places to eat, I drew a blank. It was my own mental block as a vegetarian that kept me restricted to home food. Last few months I decided to test my hypothesis. I explored a few Goa Restaurants, primarily in North Goa and Panaji. Outcome – a list of recommended good food options in Goa for vegetarians. Yes, what else do you expect from a Vegetarian travel blogger?

Vegetarian food in Goa

Best Vegetarian Goa Restaurants – To Explore

Lotus Blossom, Tito’s White House, Anjuna

Goa Restaurants - Lotus Blossom, Anjuna, Goa
Lotus Blossom Anjuna

When I first heard the name, Lotus Blossom, it sounded like a beauty parlor. My friendly PR lady told me that it is a brand new Thai restaurant in the tourist belt of Anjuna in Goa. So one fine day, this vegetarian set out to explore Thai Cuisine. The restaurant is located in Tito’s white house, which is like a small bohemian kitsch market with all kinds of restaurants, curio shops, and yoga and tattoo studios.

The decor comprised mostly of flea market furniture. In one corner of a wall, some lotus buds curiously floated on a green-painted wall.

Salad at Lotus Blossom, Anjuna, Goa Restaurants
Salad at Lotus Blossom, Anjuna

The furniture seemed simple but as soon as we sat on the wide-based green seats, we were comfortable. We started sampling the food with a curious salad that was to be self-made by filling things like peanuts, onion, galangal, Chilli flakes, kafir lime, and a chutney. It was followed by a raw papaya salad which is something that I live on when I visit Thailand. The starter platter had corn fritters, lovely crisp spring rolls, roasted mushrooms, and tofu.

I tried two kinds of soup Tom Yum – the tomato-based soup and Tom Kha – a coconut milk-based soup. I could decide which one I liked better – both of them were just yummy.

Starters at Lotus Blossom, Anjuna, Goa Restaurants
Starters at Lotus Blossom, Anjuna

In the main course, we tried the traditional Thai green curry. And for dessert, we picked the water chestnut in coconut milk that I had tried earlier at Thai Pavilion and loved.

  • My verdict: This is the yummiest food I have had in Goa so far.
  • Cuisine: Thai but made with local ingredients as far as possible
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  • Must-Try – The Soups

Meal for Two (without drinks): Rs 800-1200

Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji

Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji, Goa
Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji

The Black Sheep Bistro is the most happening casual fine dining place in Panaji Goa. If you live here, or even if you are just visiting, this is a place where you can lounge around. And catch up with friends or entertain your guests or conduct business deals. Now the irony is that it took me almost 2 years of living in Panaji to visit Black Sheep Bistro. No, it is not without reason. I always thought of them as a bar primarily and in fact, it is the impression that you get when you first enter the place.

However, they are a full-fledged restaurant with a unique concept for their cuisine. World cuisine is made from ingredients sourced from within 100 miles of the restaurant.

Fresh colorful drinks at Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji, Goa
Fresh colorful drinks at Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji

We started with some colorful drinks – I had a Paan or betel leave based, anise-flavored green drink while my friend has a pink Pomegranate-based one.


The starter was a Red Salad, made from everything red – the red leaves Tambdi Bhaji that you get all over Goa, pomegranate seeds, beetroot puree and pieces, tomatoes, and some feta cheese for the flavor. I loved the concept – of color-based eating – not sure when was the last time I tried that.

Stuffed Zucchini at Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji, Goa
Stuffed Zucchini at Black Sheep Bistro, Panaji

The main course was an experimental Zucchini stuffed with rice that has been cooked inside it floating in the tomato-based curry. Accompanying this was rice with a mushroom-based dish.

For desserts, we took a platter of chocolate brownies.

I have not mentioned the names of the dishes because the menu changes very frequently at Black Sheep Bistro. So, unless you visit them very frequently, you would not get the same dishes again. I loved their experimental character and look at their blackboard for their funnier side.

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  • Must try: Whatever fancies on the Menu of the Day 🙂
  • Meal for Two (without drinks): Rs 800-1200

Mustard, Sangolda – Goa Restaurants to explore

Mustard Restaurant, Sangolda Goa Restaurants
Mustard, Sangolda

How often have you come across a restaurant that offers two authentic cuisines and when the cuisines are as far from each other as French and Bengali can be? No, Mustard does not offer you a fusion cuisine combining the two. It has two independent kitchens serving the two cuisines independently keeping it as authentic as possible.

Tamarind Drink, starters at Mustard, Goa Restaurants
Tamarind Drink, the starters at Mustard

Set in an old Goan Bungalow, its lawns carry a rather unusual color for a Goan house it is not very difficult to locate. We started with a lovely Bengali Tamarind drink called Tentul Joler Sherbet from their collection of Bengali drinks. It was something I fell in love with and am still looking for a recipe for it to try at home. They of course also have a great selection of Teas – remember Darjeeling is in Bengal too. Incidentally, we were there on a day when they play live music, and sitting in the open gardens was just perfect.


For starters, we tried the Cocktail Lucchi with Alu dum – a new-look version of the quintessential Bengali Lucchi Aaloo. I also tried the vegetable chop and the icing here was their tangy mustard sauce. I was so full at this time that for the main course, we stuck to the simple rice and Bengali Daal. Must confess I was keeping some buffer for the Bengali sweets. And yes, the dessert was caramelized version of Mishti Doi and a fruit-flavored Kheer Komola. If you think I was more inclined towards Bengali than French cuisine, you are right. For the French one, I need to make another visit perhaps.

Mustard grows its own greens - innovative use of empty bottles
Mustard grows its own greens – innovative use of empty bottles

I loved their microgreens garden where they grow their own herbs and spices and the creative use of empty beer bottles to demarcate the boundaries.

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  • Open: 11 AM – 11 PM
  • Must-Try: Tentul Joler Sherbet
  • Meal for Two (without drinks): Rs 1200 onwards

Koi, Calangute

Buddha inspired Decor of Koi, Calangute
Buddha inspired Decor of Koi, Calangute

Koi is located right on the main road in the busiest tourist quarters of Goa in Calangute and it carries the quintessential bright yellow color of Goa with an élan. Literally meaning fish, Koi intends to take you through the silk route through its menu that has representations of the Far East and Asian Cuisine. Buddha can be felt all around this restaurant which has both indoor and outdoor seating. There is a giant Buddha on the wall, there is a Buddha in the bar and if you look intently you would find him in small nooks and corners. Colors go from eclectic to sober to bright as you move from bar to dining to outdoor seating.

Vegetarian Menu at Koi restaurant, Calangute
Vegetarian Menu at Koi restaurant, Calangute

I was hoping to get a choice of a couple of dishes in an Asian cuisine restaurant, but I was so glad to see their dedicated vegetarian menu. It does not happen too often that I can order everything from the menu on hand unless I am eating at a pure vegetarian restaurant. What a delight it is!

Lotus Stem starters at Koi, Calangute
Lotus Stem starters at Koi, Calangute

The food was nice but more than the food I liked the ambiance where you can just sit back and enjoy a long meal. However, their lotus stems starters and their Thai green curry deserve a special mention – both were just perfect. The soup was nice too.

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  • Must-Try: Nadru starters
  • Meal for Two (without drinks): Rs 1000 onwards

Nero Barcode, Porvorim – Goa Restaurants to try

Nero Barcode Porvorim
Nero Barcode Porvorim

This is a year-old restaurant that was recommended to me by a food blogger friend. Nero Barcode is located right on the main highway that connects North and South Goa, bang opposite the Holy Family church. As another casual fine dining restaurant, they offer a melange of cuisines and more often than not with a Goan twist.

Kokum Drink at Nero Barcode Porvorim
Kokum Drink at Nero Barcode

I liked their Kokum Martini – though it can do with less Sugar. I tried many starters and enjoyed them all.

Goan Thali in an unusual shape at Nero Barcode Restaurants
Goan Thali in an unusual shape

The icing was the Goan thali that came in an unconventional rectangular shape. I posted this picture on social media and it went viral. People wanted to try the thali and I learned that a bit of quirky innovation can be your best marketing tool. They also host a lot of events so check out before

Tree of life by a local artist at Nero Barcode, Porvorim
Tree of Life by a local artist at Nero Barcode, Porvorim

I loved their barcode-inspired wall murals in black and white, which I was told had been done by a local art student. How wonderful it is when businesses support local talent.

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  • Must-Try: Goan Thali
  • Meal for Two (without drinks): Rs 700-1000

All the above Goa Restaurants also serve non-vegetarian food.

That is it for now. Will keep looking out for more good vegetarian food options in Goa Restaurants and keep sharing the good ones with you guys.

Recommend you read the following travel blog posts on Places to visit in Goa.


  1. You are a national monument yourself — you have done so much to publisize the beauty, variety, history and uniqueness of life in your beloved India

    • Barbara, I am speechless on that. I love exploring India and writing about it. I hope this blog inspires some people to get out and admire the diversity of India. I wish I could play a bigger role is changing the fortunes of India through tourism. Than you so much.

  2. Dear Anuradha, I loved reading this post from beginning to end and how can I forget to mention the full of life photographs. your contribution to passionate travelers is priceless. I mean, being a vegetarian myself I’am looking forward to my next trip to Goa as I’am definitely going to try these places. I also want to tell you (more of a confession to self) that being passionate about both travelling and writing I feel bad for not writing all my experiences …..:-( other than being good for my own growth, it would have provided useful information to so many out there and to top it all I love photography and have a good collection. I think I should do it now. You are great and I’am lucky to find your blog 🙂

  3. I am a lover of meat, but would gladly go vegetarian not only in Goa, but also in India. Probably the only cuisine in the world, I feel offers enough variety to keep me from wanting meat. Might just have to book a trip to put myself to the test.

  4. Wow, Great Blog! As I am a vegetarian If I will go to a place like goa I would search for a place where I can eat good vegetarian food. Thanks for sharing such informative content.


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