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 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 ingrident 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 – 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 – 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.
For sharing, get the Crab Masala Fry that stars a thick greavy of traditional local spices with a slight kick, best enjoyed with Steamed Rice. The generously-portioned Crab Masala Fry boasts a crisp tesxture 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.
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 housemade 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 greavy mixed with roasted coconut kernel so fresh and creamy it transports you to the heaven. 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.
Located in Candolim is this 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, Candolim, Opp. Lawande Supermarket, Goa
Timing : 11:30 am – 11:30 pm Average Cost – 800/- for two (approx.)
Contact – +91 8055945509 / 75585 29661