There’s something for everyone at this popular restaurant known for simple Goan-style cooking and fresh seafood. Cactus Restaurant & Bar emits the tantalizing fragrances of Goan culture. After a fun day at Candolim Beach, fuel up with a solid meal of crabs, kingfish, mackerel, prawns and more with the family at this spacious joint. Definitely stop by this casual feasts hole-in-the-wall opposite Lawande Supermarket for a dose of quality Goan food.
Food Served on Table :
Crab Masala Fry
Crab Masala Fry – Crab Masala Fry is a typical Indo-Portuguese dish of Goa. A must try Goan seafood delicacy slow cooked with traditional local spices. Crab Masala Fry is a fragrant medley of spices and its hard to resist the glorious aromas of the crab masala fry. Its spicy punch set off deliciously by the contrasting sweet crab meat.
Chicken Xacuti – Another traditional Indo-Portuguese Goan dish originated in Arambol, Goa. Local fisherman use fresh catch of fish or local chicken to prepare a gravy with poppy seeds, chilli, grated coconut and spices. Main ingredient of this dish is mildly roasted coconut kernel which is finely grated and lightly toasted.
Chicken Cafrial – Chicken Cafreal is a popular Portuguese spicy chicken preparation consumed in Goa. Chicken Cafreal introduced in Goan cuisine by the African soldiers serving under the Portuguese. Chicken Cafreal is always made from whole chicken legs, flavoured with the spices and herbs then shallow fried.
Tandoori Mackerel Recheado
Tandoori Mackerel Recheado – Goan cuisine has a distinctive taste and celebrates fresh flavours to savour the coastal aroma with Portuguese influence. The word recheado means stuffing in Portuguese. Goan Catholics, especially the ones with Portuguese ancestry, use spicy paste to stuff fish as well meat.
Chicken & Fish Maryland
Chicken & Fish Maryland – Maryland is an American dish that is basically a combination of fried chicken or fish with cream gravy or dips. Here batter-fried chicken and fish served with French fries and vegetables with cream dip.
Chicken Roulade – Chicken Roulade is a dish of flavourful filling rolled by chicken breast meat and backed properly served with cheese sauce. This chicken tastes even better than it looks, and it looks wonderful on the plate. In every bite you get a little bit of chicken and a little bit of the stuffing.
Describing Taste and Flavor :
Crab Masala Fry
For sharing, get the Crab Masala Fry that stars a thick gravy of traditional local spices with a slight kick, best enjoyed with Steamed Rice. The generously-portioned Crab Masala Fry boasts a crisp texture and good balance of flavour. Chef informed us that Crabs caught on and around new-moon day are said to be more fleshy and excellent in quality. Also, the female crabs are meatier than their male counterpart.
Tandoori Mackerel Recheado
Tawa Bangda or Tandoori Mackerel fish is very popular in all over Goa. Tryout their Tandoori Mackerel Recheado for well-grilled and deliciously spicy Mackerels that are seasoned with herbs and house-made Recheado paste (Recheado paste is made using ginger, garlic, Kashmiri chilli, cumin seeds, pepper, cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek seeds, mustard seeds, turmeric powder, coconut feni, white wine vinegar, sugar and salt). Here Tandoori Mackerel Recheado feature fresh, crispy and juicy Mackerel perfectly tandoor, crisp golden-brown look — heavenly when paired with a glass of beer.
Then, move on to the mind-blowing Chicken Xacuti — a velvety-smooth chicken gravy mixed with roasted coconut kernel so fresh and creamy it transports you to the heaven.
Chicken & Fish Maryland
If you have any fear of fried meat, this unbelievably tasty Chicken & Fish Maryland might just change your mind. It is first braised to pack in flavour, then sallow fried over low heat to provide crisp edges and a good hit of juiciness.
The must-order Signature Chicken Cafrial comes loaded with whole chicken legs and boasts a wonderfully fragrant with a surprisingly crispy texture. Go for this spicy yet comforting Chicken Cafrial, before completing your meal with the tender and perfectly charred Chicken Roulade.
Chicken Roulade that normally comes in a variety of sauce flavours like creamy tomato, champagne Sauce, mushroom sauce, cheese sauce and many more, is stellar. The chicken is properly marinated in spices and is baked to order. Go straight for the Chicken Roulade and cheese sauce that miraculously fills you up with an addictive combination that will leave you scraping the bowl.
Cactus Restaurant & Bar
Located in Candolim this is a gem of a Goan restaurant that serves an affordable a la carte menu with drinks. Go crazy with fresh Crab Masala Fry, Tandoori Mackerel Recheado, Chicken & Fish Maryland and Chicken Cafrial; they’re known for their freshness. Don’t crack your head over what to eat for lunch — turn to Cactus Restaurant & Bar opposite Lawande Supermarket.
Cactus Restaurant & Bar
Cactus Restaurant & Bar, Candolim, Opp. Lawande Supermarket, Goa Timing : 11:30 am – 11:30 pm Average Cost – 800/- for two (approx.) Contact – +91 8055945509 / 75585 29661
Celebrate the Winter with Delicious New Menu at Cactus Restaurant & Bar
With a spacious setting and a comfortable ambience, this restro is great for groups. In India, winter is one of the much-awaited seasons, it is the season of festivals and the season when all enjoy some rich, steaming food. Grab your colleagues, friends or family and pop by this restaurant that is just a short walk from Candolim Beach. So round up the gang for a splurge-worthy Winter Special meal at Top Table Restaurant and Bar.
Top Table Restaurant and Bar
Food Served on Table :
Kingfish in Banana Leaf
Kingfish in Banana Leaf – King fish wrapped in banana leaves marinated with local Goan spices then grilled or backed to perfection.
Chicken Steak with Brandy Sauce
Chicken Steak with Brandy Sauce – The Chicken Steak with Brandy Sauce is a classic of Bistro-style French Cuisine. The chicken is so tender you almost can cut it with a spoon. A thick and juicy chicken steak, adorned by a creamy and fragrant Brandy Sauce.
Pepper Steak – Pepper steak is a stir-fried Chinese American dish consisting of sliced beef steak cooked with sliced green or red bell peppers and other seasonings such as white wine sauce and ginger. Pepper steak has lots of protein, is nutritionally dense, is really delicious, and elements of the dish can be altered to suit taste.
Prawns Momo – Steamed Prawns Momos, a wave of wonderful seafood delicacy stuffed into small pockets will get one closer to their favourite beach destination. Steaming hot momos fresh out of the steamer are a treat on cold foggy days. The freshly crafted succulent Prawns Momos are to die for, served with a potent, exotic, spicy dip – you will be spoilt for choice.
Insalata Caprese – Insalata Caprese is a simple Italian salad, (it origin from the island of Capri, south coast of Naples) made of sliced fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil, seasoned with salt and olive oil. Creamy mozzarella combined with fresh tomatoes creates a wonderful antipasto choice or a light lunch.
Greek Salad – A fresh and colourful salad that’s accompanied great with grilled meats, or on its own as a main. Greek salad is made with pieces of tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, onion, feta cheese, and olives, typically seasoned with salt and Greek mountain oregano and dressed with olive oil.
Lemon Biccy Pudding
Lemon Biccy Pudding – Lemon Biccy Pudding, also known as lemon surprise pudding is light crispy sponge on top and zesty lemon curd beneath. The lemon cuts the intense sweetness of the condensed milk perfectly and the crushed Biccy (biscuits) on top give a sort of upside-down-cheesecake effect.
Sherry Trifle – Sherry Trifle – a deliciously sweet traditional British dessert made of custard, sherry-soaked cake, fruit, jam and whipped cream. Funny thing is, the English didn’t “invent” the trifle, the Scottish did at late 1500 but that time it was United Kingdom, so calling the trifle “English” is fair. The trifle is very simple – sponge, fruit, custard and cream – and of course a generous slug of sherry and all set to thrill your taste-buds.
Cream Caramel – A delightful French dessert it is infused with sweet vanilla pods and served with a rich, brown caramel syrup. A perfect balance of lightness and indulgence – smooth, silky, velvety dessert to die for. Creme caramel is a gluten-free dessert which everyone will love.
Banoffee Pie – Banoffee pie is an English traditional dessert made with rich combination of different textures and flavors, banoffee pie combines toffee, graham cracker crust with silky dulce de leche, bananas and homemade whipped cream. A magical tri-layer confection with caramel sauce, bananas and cream that will make your taste buds sing.
Describing Taste and Flavor :
Kingfish in Banana Leaf
The succulent Kingfish in Banana Leaf here comes lightly charred and wrapped in banana leaf to retain moisture and elevate the natural flavours of the Kingfish.
Salad lovers, have a go at the plethora of options here. Skip the somewhat underwhelming Caesar Salad and Waldorf Salad and dive straight for the super fragrant and delicious Greek Salad or Insalata Caprese instead.
Chicken Steak with Brandy Sauce
Meat lovers will appreciate the Pepper Steak – a fall-off-the-bone tender rendition of slow cooked beef short ribs in white wine sauce. If you’re here for Chicken Steak with Brandy Sauce, the melt-in mouth chicken steak in a tasty brandy sauce is a foolproof choice.
Come for their Sherry Trifle which is light and moist without being cloying at all, one bowl isn’t going to be enough once you get a taste of the sherry-soaked cake and custard with cream oozing out.
Ensure that the Banoffee Pie graces your table for a sure-to-please, buttery and flaky pastry packed with a creamy banana & toffee filling. Otherwise, the delicious Cream Caramel, a perfect balance of lightness and indulgence – smooth, silky, velvety dessert to die for.
Lemon Biccy Pudding
Lemon Biccy Pudding is a delightful, light, fluffy sponge with a zesty lemon curd beneath. This Biccy Lemon Pudding is the most divine, gooey pudding you’ll ever come. End the night off with a Lemon Biccy Pudding accented with Lemon peel for a sure-to-please citrusy sweet dessert!
Top Table Restaurant and Bar
This snazzy restro housed opposite of Silver Sand Sunshine Beach Resort is the perfect spot for a quiet lunch meeting around the Candolim Beach. So this winter, head to Top Table Restaurant and Bar for that simple soul warming food in any day of the week and any time of the day.
Top Table Restaurant and Bar
Top Table Restaurant and Bar, Candolim Beach Road, Candolim, Goa 403515 Timing : 9:30am – 11:30pm Average Cost – 800/- for two (approx.) Contact : 0832 248 9892 / 8830685581 / 9326815520
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Sales Manager - East India, Cathay Pacific Airways
Rajdeep is not only passionate about his blogging but he lives and breaths it everyday. His food and travel blogs are such a perfect fit for our busy lives. Thanks to his blog Gourmets Travel Guide, we know where to eat delicious food while traveling.
Sales Manager - Eastern India, Singapore Airlines
Rajdeep, knowing him for years as a avid Food & Travel Blogger who posts simple yet intriguing experiences of his food and travel adventure. His contribution to food and travel in Kolkata is quite stirring. He matches to my kind of food journey!! All the best to his blog Gourmets Travel Guide.