Within the picturesque village of Calangute, Café de Goa is nestled below a striking maroon tower. It is surrounded by leafy foliage in Orchard Villas and just a short distance from St Alex Church. It is a humble and casual café with a very warm and inviting ambiance. Best known for its Sunday brunch buffet (only during Monsoon), a variety of sandwiches, salads, pastas, breads, cakes and Goan favourites make up the menu. It also has a wide selection of teas, shakes, juices and a lot more. Beside the regular menu, every week the café prepares a selection of locally procured season conscious meals in an effort to bring out something interesting and tasty. It offers an eclectic lunch menu and also caters for private functions and participates in festivals and charity events.
Café de Goa also houses a grocery store which aims to preserve the concept of the small local store, the go-to place to buy one’s day-to-day groceries plus some hard to find delicatessen and home made produces. A wide variety of magazines and books invite patrons to stay a little longer, and the toys provide entertainment for the little ones.
The use of earthly colours throughout the space creates a warm yet contemporary spatial experience. The warm light brown of the wood, the vibrant touches of red and yellow and the comforting green of the plants give it a very relaxed atmosphere. Scenic photographs of essentially Goan landscapes and rural scenes line the walls of the café.
The menu has lots to choose from, with a wide selection of delicious fresh juices, coffees, pastries, sandwiches, salads and desserts. Try fresh juices, inventive and refreshing iced teas, iced lattes and chocolates, yoghurt and milk shakes, spritzers or one of their coffees or hot teas.
For a sweet afternoon treat, there is a tempting selection of pastries; with cupcakes such as the Eggless Banana Walnut with Chocolate Icing, muffins, their specialty Chocolate and Salted Caramel Swirl Brownies, Warm Waffles with a variety of delicious toppings and the Apple, Pear, Walnut and Raisin Crumble Cake with homemade Vanilla Sauce and Pistachio Ice Cream. For the sweet toothed adventurers, order the Café de Goa Waffle Sandwhich; made up of three waffles, layered whipped cream, strawberry-mint salad, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
The menu also offers savoury and healthy dishes not to be missed, from quiches, sandwiches, salads and the chicken or fish cutlets. Order the Vegetarian Quiche (spinach, mushrooms and goats cheese), the tuna and olive paste baguette, the delicious ciabbatta, the US bagel, BLTAE foccacia, or the roasted chicken open sandwich. If salads are more to one’s taste, these are more on the exciting side; mixing zesty flavours, fresh ingredients and sometimes fruity infusions. The Fruit Vitaliser has watermelon, feta, walnuts, basil, drizzled with balsamic guava jus. Finally, finish with one of the mouth-watering gelatos or sorbets. Prices are very reasonable with pastries starting at 70 Rps, sandwiches from 130 and quiches from 90.
Check the blackboard for specials of the day.
Started by the Reira Group, Café de Goa opened its doors in January 2012 and is the result of months of planning to bring a healthy and tasty culinary experience to the people of Goa. In keeping with its green principles, Reira Group has also incorporated its 'recycle, reduce, re-use', philosophy in everything that it does at the bistro. The furniture and wood work at the bistro is made from using recycled wood and the Café and shop are committed to eco friendly practices, using only the freshest of ingredients. The café was started with the aim to create a space that feels ‘fresh’ and homely, where one could find all sort of products, both home made and commercial, right from olive oils to fresh fruits and vegetables, masalas to chocolates, books and interiors. Next to their own brand the store is a platform for locals to market their home made products.
The food offered at the café is partly prepared from premium quality organic produce which inspirits sustainable farming to leave the smallest carbon footprint possible. The idea is to keep the food costs low by trying to reduce the cost of transportation of each food item. This will add up to reducing the carbon footprint of the café. The grocery store are active in contributing to a greener planet; they will have bottled and packaged food items made locally, never offer any plastic bags, substitute straws with sugar cane sticks which in turn are biodegradable, offer fresh filtered water flavoured with cucumber and fresh mint for free to encourage guests to abandon plastic bottles and use recycled and sterilized glass jars for their pickles, sauces, jams and other homemade products.