Breakfast, the first meal of the day and the word literally refers to breaking of the fasting period from the night before. Some believe it to be the most important meal of the day and should be made “fit for a king”. Due to the fast paced urban lifestyle in Goa (yes It can be fast passed) one don’t really get the chance to have breakfast, and often one ends up skip it. Among English speaking countries, it can be referred to meal composed of traditional breakfast foods (such as eggs, porridge and sausages) served at any time of day at times. So why not start your day with this selection for breakfast places in Goa.
Tucked away on the banks of the Baga river, is Kapriz, at the Royal Goan Beach Club Hotel that servers an array of breakfasts to please everyone, from your Continental to Indian. Decked out with rustic yet comfortable wooden tables and chairs this little know place has one the best traditional full English Breakfasts in Goa, comprising of Eggs, bacon, sausage, baked beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, jam & tea or coffee and all for a mere Rs:300. A steal by any standards. However, this is not what they are truly famous for, it’s the Eggs Benedict, comprising of two perfectly poached eggs, ham severed on a baguette topped with a “to die for” hollandaise sauce, accompanied with home fries & fruit. For the vegetarian they can dish up the eggs on a bed of spinach instead of ham and by no means is this a poor brother to the ham, it is equally scrumptious. However, as you are in Goa, then why not add a seafood twist to the Benedicts by adding Shrimp, avocado salsa on a baguette and boy does it not fail to delight. Kapriz does a “Benny Card”, a loyalty card for those who want to can keep coming back for more Benedicts like I do. For those who love their eggs, and can eat them in any form, there is a large verity to choose from, but as this is Kapriz, known as a fusion Tapas, they have also added on Frittata …Italian style omelet enriched with peppers, ground beef, potatoes & cheese, topped with tomato sauce. One could also talk about their crispy bacon & hash brown quesadillas, cooked crisp & served with fried egg & salsa. So many variations that one is spoilt for choice.
For the European twist they offer French toast, cinnamon coated sliced baguette instead of the normal sliced white bread, with black currant sauce made in house. Kapriz’s special decked pancakes comprising of four stacked pancakes served with a black currant coulis & honey or fluffed pancakes with cinnamon scented fruit. There are always their cousins the Crepe…stuffed with caramelized bananas & drizzled with honey, one can but only say “ohh la la”. The Indian fare is equally good, the simple but filling Puri bhaji or Aloo paratha is enough to really line one’s stomach for gallivanting all around Goa. But for those needing a little helping hand in the morning to cure the revelries of the night before there is the Hangover Soaker! Nothing like a bit of grease to absorb whatever you had at night, the fried bread, bacon, eggs and tomatoes with a “hair of the dog” a good old Bloody Mary or for the more formal Mimosa, there is no better way to go.
₹1,000 for two people (approx.)
Black Vanilla brings to you the taste of a French bakery in the central setting of Panjim, the capital city. This quaint little cafe serves a variety of coffees, milk shakes and big lazy bites. Its sandwich- tartines and bagels, salads, pizzas and a variety of pastries, makes sure that there is something for every pallet. Not only do they serve delectable options, but also ensure that they are always freshly made every day!
Black Vanilla is the kind of place that not only offers a wide spread of options for meat lovers but also for veggie-lovers! A personal favourite is their Veg Verdure pizza, unlike most pizzerias their veg pizza is filled with flavour and is an absolute delight to eat even for breakfast. This little café is a great option when looking for a healthy breakfast place, you’ll find a variety of salad options to choose from and if they don’t appeal to your taste buds then Black Vanilla also offers you the chance to make your “Own Freaking Salad”.
Begin your day with either a warm cup of Espresso or a Blueberry iced-tea or even a Brownie shake! This little café promises to make your choice of beverage a perfect companion to the start of your day.
₹600-800 for two people (approx.)
Caravela Café and Bistro
The Caravela Cafe and Bistro holds a special place in one’s heart. It is one of the few places in Panjim to serve all day breakfast! Yes, your heard it here, all day breakfast. A cute little bistro situated on 31st January Road near the old Patto bridge, Caravela is a small and cosy place with few tables which gives it a homey feel. The walls are decorated with Mario Miranda caricatures that always draw your eye while munching. Their small but delectable menu comprises of the All-Day Caravela Breakfast, eggs, frankfurters, ham, baked beans & hashed browns, a cross between the English and American style. The traditional Bacon, Lettuce & Tomato Sandwich always done to perfection is a real treat. For those who don’t want to have the all-day breakfast, can try the Masala Omelette with a side of Bacon, the Salami with Tomato and Capsicum Sandwich or Asian Chicken Salad. I tried the Potato Salad, the All-Day Caravela Breakfast, and the English Trifle and washed it all down with a Cold Coffee. Needless to say, I was stuffed by the end of this delicious meal.
₹400 for two people (approx.)
Cafe Al Fresco by Cantina Bodega
With breakfast options like the ones at Café Bodega, one could happily have breakfast at any given time throughout the day! A bit difficult to find, Café Bodega is situated within a gorgeous Old Portuguese house in Altinho – Panaji that also accommodates an arts centre Sunaparant. The menu isn’t extensive, but there are lots of options that make it bigger than it looks, thanks to the variety of breads and spreads. On can order the Shakshuka, two Eggs with spicy tomato Feta served with whole-wheat Poi, with an extra side of ham and rashers, along with a cup of coffee, which was an absolute delight for one’s taste buds.
Bodega’s breakfast menu is really top notch; rarely would you find anywhere meat that is cooked to such divine perfection and mated with cheese so well, and the bread baked freshly every day. The coffee served too is probably the best one has ever tasted anywhere in Goa, attaining a perfect balance of water, coffee and sugar, which I feel 5-star hotels in Goa often struggle with. With the service so prompt and the menu so well curated, I would happily recommend Café Bodega to anyone willing to stray off the beaten path and to experience one of Goa’s best kept secrets.
₹700 for two people (approx.)
A quaint galleria like café, resting in the narrow lanes of Benaulim is AJ’s. Mostly famous for its English breakfast, this little place is certainly worth a try! A personal recommendation would be their home made baked beans and bacon on toast, which are definitely worth applauding. To add to this, they have a pretty impressive list of smoothies, juices and a whole lot of choices for those caffeine lovers. For those who are looking for something a little different, AJ’s also offers a delectable plate of pancakes, waffles and cereals. The most intriguing part about this place is that it’s not just confined to food and good music, but they also have a bunch of games which you could pick from and enjoy with your friends and family while your food gets ready, always a good way to get those brain cells ticking in the morning. AJ’s also has books for those who are there just by themselves for a tasty treat and would rather be left alone especially if you are not a morning person. The beautifully served fresh produce and delightfully friendly hostess and owners make this lace a favourite eatery in south Goa.
₹600 for two people (approx.)
Hungry yet? We know we are! But we wont let you go that easy. Come back next week to know about the awesome things to do in Goa in the monsoons. Bring your raincoat!