Goa – Day 2
The second day in Goa for us started off pretty late. Waking up after a sound sleep with the aftereffects of the Feni to be thanked, we headed out to Panjim for a shoot. But first let’s get the tummy satisfied with a proper Goan lunch at one of the oldest restaurants and bars in Goa, Café Ritz. Numerous people come and leave satisfied through the doors of Café Ritz. It’s stood it’s test of time with it’s quality. The fish thali still costs about 180 rupees and comes with Rice, Cabbage Fry, Sol Kadi, Mussels, Fish Curry and huge slice of King Fish Rawa Fry. Phew, talk about value for money. On the side was a fiery Crab Recheado which take a lot of water and time for me to finish.
A meal fit for the king later, we were on a trip through Fontainhas. Fontainhas in Goa houses the Latin Quarters and the houses built are truly beautiful. The architecture vibrates with tones of yellow, green, blue and red resplendent of European Cities. Do take time to look at the lovely tiles that adorn the houses because each has a story to tell. There are numerous tours which are given about the Fontainhas. You can choose to book any of them or do it on your own.
Also while at Fontainhas do NOT forget to visit the bakery on 31 January Street. The puffs and Goan specialties are worth having. They make a mean Bebinca, the traditional Goan dessert.
Tucked neatly in a bylane Of 31 January Road in Fontainhas is a bakery famed for its Goan products. The Bebinca is delicious. Notice the layers in Bebinca from the picture. They also make many other Goan Portuguese specialities like the Doce, Dodol, Pinag among others. The cafe set up outside is very European going with the entire Portuguese theme of Fontainhas. The road is named as 31st January Road so as to commemorate the liberation of Portuguese from Spain
My evenings were spent back at Sinquerim Beach overlooking the sunset. Being on the west coast of India, the sunsets over the sea in Goa have to be admired.
Our find for this trip has to be Burger Factory in Anjuna. Set up by a few lads from Delhi, the burgers had here beyond awesome. I’ve had massive and delicious burgers in the US and this evoked those memories. The patty was beautiful and the sauces, beyond heavenly. It was so good that I drove down again the next day despite a higher chance of missing my bus, to indulge in one last burger. The guys at Burger factory are doing a stupendous job and I’m sure gonna be heading there once again the next time I’m in Goa.
Went back today once again all the way back to Anjuna to the @burgerfactorygoa. This time had the Mango, Avocado and Bacon Burger. There is definitely no denying that they make the best patty. Fresh avocado and beetroot filling. The aioli is beautiful. These guys are doing an amazing job with the burgers
Probably the best Burgers I’ve had since a long time. Trust me when I say that I’ve had a lot of burgers and this has been a total standout. A eatery run by group of passionate people, Burger Factory in Anjuna is the bomb. They have beautiful and interesting combinations of burgers. Being a little full, we had the Feta, Cheddar, Olive Oil and Rucola Burger. The homemade aioli served in a diya was just incredible. Definitely going to go back there for more.
Missed the usual haunts with this visit Goa. So Lila Café, La Plage have all become touristy for my liking. That isn’t a bad thing but it’s just that I’ve moved on. Palolem Beach is where my heart lies, but going back to North Goa after so long was truly wonderful. Cheers to many more visits.