India Food Palolem
What's so special about Goan food?
The staple diet in Goa (and hence Palolem) is seafood; fish, prawns, crabs - you name it. Kingfisher is very common to eat, but also tuna, mackerel and so much more.
It's not hard to find fish curry and rice on the menu ;-)
Basic ingredients are coconut milk and in general spices. In Goan cuisine they use kokum to flavor fish curries.
Here's how I experienced the food in Palolem when I visited in October 2007.
If you love Indian food like I do, you have to try the restaurants along the south side of Palolem beach.
It's the perfect place to go after you've been swimming, or if you want to hide away from the scorching sun.
One thing is for sure is that you'll get to watch the beautiful view of Palolem beach.
You should try their fish curry or the fried rice with vegetables! And not to mention, the banana and mango lassi! The restaurants also serve Western food like toast, cereal, "salads" etc.
Lassi is a popular and refreshing Indian drink made of yoghurt and ice.
There are other ingredients as well, depending on what kind of Lassi you want. You have sweet, salty, mango, banana, kiwi and pineapple Lassi.
There are loads of other types of Lassis, depending of how creative the chef is.
But when it gets darker, watch out for large dragonflies that will fly towards the lamps hanging above you.
They'll hit the lamps so hard that they land in your food or drink...!
They're like those poor birds who fly right into windows and get smashed. It gets so dark at the beach that the only light the bugs see, is the light at the restaurants.
During the day, there are food vendors who sell fruit and beverages.
Buy cheap fresh fruit like papaya, mangoes, pineapples and coconuts while you're relaxing at the beach. Or you can buy fruit for day trips.
At daytime Cuba Restaurant is the place to chill in their large, comfortable bean bags.
They serve Indian and Western dishes. You should try their delicious sea food!
They served red snapper, tiger prawns, kingfish, barbeque, lobster and even baby shark. I tried everything besides the baby shark.
Anyway, you can order fillet or a whole fish. As for entertainment, they have 4-in-a-row, playing cards and a pool table. There's no queue system, so be patient.
They get an extra point for their smoking water pipes and their selection of fruit tobacco (apple, liquorice, grapes, orange, mango etc).
At nights, Cuba turns into a packed bar. You should get here early if you want seats.
Cuba has also beach bungalows. Rates start from Rs 2250 depending on the season.
Casa Fiesta serves excellent Mexican and Western food. Most of our breakfasts and lunches were at Casa Fiesta. It's on your right side before entering the "main road" where all the shops are located.
We were sitting at a small cafe by Cafe Del Sol, when this local guy sitting next to us offered us marijuana... It was in broad day light (breakfast) and there were people around us, but still he asked!
I don't have many party places to recommend in Palolem because I basically went to Cleo's and Cuba every night. But here's what I've got for you:
Cleo's is the party place to be if you just want drinking and dancing!
Many travelers gather here for beers, wild hormones and crazy atmosphere. It's about a 15-20 minutes walk from the center of Palolem. Or you can get a bike ride near the beach.
I heard that friendly Laughing Budda was a great place because of its cool atmosphere and ambient/house/hip-hop/trance music.
We went to a beach party, where they played trance music, and there were loads of backpackers who came to dance and drink the beers they brought along. But then two local police men came to the scene, and chased us away. They were pretty angry and shouted that beach parties were not accepted in this village.
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