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“Lovely old style Portuguese bar/restaurant ”
Review of Hospedaria Venite

Hospedaria Venite
Ranked #11 of 379 Restaurants in Panjim
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

Really nice place tucked away from the main road. The bar has tiny balconies from where you can watch the comings and goings of the narrow street. The food is really nice and reasonably priced. We have been coming to Panjim for years and this remains one of our favourite places to eat.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank andy w
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Reviewed January 3, 2018

This family run restaurant (and hotel) has been in business for over 50 years, and serves traditional Goan cuisine. Here is where you can try real Goan dishes like Vindaloo, Prawn Balchão, and Bebik. And I did!

It's not a huge restaurant, taking up the upper balcony floor of the hotel, about 8 tables inside and maybe 4 2-person tables outside on the balcony. It was a hot evening, so I chose to sit inside where the fan at least moved the air around a bit. (ie no air conditioning with an open to balcony.)

The restaurant is located in the older part of town, down a narrow cobblestone street inside a colonial structure. It was a perfectly safe walk around the area, which is just downhill from the Crown Casino. (I loved walking around this part of Goa!)

We had dinner. There is a daily chalk board of what is made that day - because seafood is a big part of Goan cuisine, it's comforting to know that whatever might be in season is available - not frozen!

I had the Chef's Stuffed Crab (610 or about $12 CAD), and my husband had the Pork Vindaloo with Rice (430, or about $8.50 CAD).

The Stuffed Crab has a huge portion of super fresh, no smell, and filled with chunks of crab, tossed w butter, herbs and spices. It came with fresh made chunky chips - that were actually good!

The Pork Vindaloo was a revelation. All my life I've been afraid of Vindaloo because abroad it is always so extremely hot! Well, Goan Vindaloo, real Vindaloo, is actually very mild, lovey spiced, tender stewed meat with a rich curry gravy. Not hot at all really. I could eat it!

Portions were not small.

Service was excellent. It is a family run restaurant, so expect friends will drop by, and the host is also the father of your server, so service is a tag team, but they were both very nice and friendly and helpful - English was understood, and we could ask questions.

Even though we were quite full after our mains, and did not want dessert, they gave us some anyway for free :) - so we got to sample the very tasty Bebinca - which is a pudding/layer cake.

Mains were in the neighbour hood of 450-800 INR depending on what special market price for the catch of the day seafood. That's around $8.50-$16 Canadian - for a fabulous authentic Goan food.

The ambiance is quiet, traditional, family, authentic.

Sadly they are not open on Sundays (because most business in Goa do not work on Sundays.) So we could not go back!!!

Highly recommend - for a simple, quality, authentic Goan meal.

Date of visit: November 2017
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Thank ClaireFromYVR
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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

One of the older restaurants in Panjim. It's an old Portuguese house. Apparently about 100 years old. Has cute balconies. The food is traditional Goan food. The crab meat, Goan sausage are super. The service too is good.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank mudhitg
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Reviewed December 17, 2017

This place seems to come up everytime someone mentions eating out in Panjim. Besides it's location and the restaurant itself which has a lot of tacky wall art and bad lighting, there's not much to impress at this restaurant. Seems to be very popular with many locals and tourists but the food is quite bad. It seems like their decor, menu, food plating and taste is stuck in the 90's and needs a serious upgrade. Okay for a drink or two.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Karen D
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Reviewed December 11, 2017 via mobile

It's a small place and gives a quirky look with the walls having graffiti all over, even the ceiling. The old world charming balconies seating two add to the charm of the place. The staff is very courteous and friendly. The fish is always good here especially in butter garlic or parsley sauce. Rawa fried prawns and the Goan pav with butter garlic is delicious.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank NChopra55
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