While I usually aim to eat as much local food as I can when I’m travelling, sometimes you just want… something a bit different. If you’re in Goa, and you’re looking for something else than Indian food, then I can highly recommend visiting this cool Greek hotspot. It’s located not far from the Anjuna Flea Market.
Owner Mariketty Grana has moved from Corfu to Goa over 27 years ago and started Thalassa, which soon became a very popular hangout. These days, it’s much more than just a restaurant, as Thalassa also has a shop, a bar, accommodation and provides dance performances and other activities. Have a look with me:
- THALASSA RESTAURANT – GOA, INDIA
- THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
- VISIT THALASSA YOURSELF!
THALASSA RESTAURANT – GOA, INDIA
The Thalassa Story
From their website:
Perched on a hilltop, overlooking the magnificent Arabian Sea and picturesque small Vagator beach lies Thalassa. Not just a Greek taverna in Goa, but a place where the warmth and sheer happiness of Greek hospitality amalgamates instinctively with the laid back, free and tranquil atmosphere and vibe of Goa.
Spiro went from cooking in his mom’s kitchen to a flourishing career of his own. His rich experience shows through beautiful, flavourful and unpretentious food with a focus on local ingredients.
Native to the beautiful Greek island of Corfu, Mariketty always felt a deep connection with India. Intrigued by the similarity between Greek & Indian culture she thought of Making Goa her home & has now been here for 27 years. Belonging to a family of Restaurateurs’, her instincts of creating magic through food spread & Thalassa Greek Taverna, one of North Goa’s most popular & successful restaurants was born.
Thalassa has grown slowly and organically and received great acclaim since its inception. Quality cuisine, service, hospitality and entertainment aside Thalassa is also home to some ground breaking fashion and upcoming lifestyle product stores such as FLAME, La Vie Boheme, Reef, KukuNana and many more.
Thalassa has been the pioneer in providing world class entertainment with Traditional & Celebratory Greek dances like Sirtaki & Zorba that are performed live, accompanied by the smashing of plates to honor the dancers & showering of flowers on those partaking in the celebrations. Stunning cabaret shows, carnival dances & fire shows will make sure that your dining experience will not only satiate your bellies but your mind and soul as well.
THE TRAVEL TESTER IN ACTION
1. What does it SOUND like?
When they told us that we were going for dinner at a Greek place, I must say that I wasn’t too excited, after all: I’m here in India and want to try as much local food as possible! But keep on reading, because you might change your mind about it just like I did…
2. What does it LOOK like?
As soon as you step on the grounds of Thalassa, you feel like you’ve stepped in another country. Another planet, almost. The famous Greek white-and-blue look amazing against the backdrop of palm trees and ocean and there are many little corners to discover. In the background, you hear nice lounge music and the whole place has an airy breeze about it. Very pleasant!
There’s a clothing store and a little shop selling jewelry
The family together
3. What does it TASTE like?
We were hungry when we arrived, so of course we ordered waaaay too much food than we could physically handle. The portions are actually quite big and the food tastes incredible, so be aware to overeat :) The dishes range from classic Greek appetizers, dips and salads to grilled meat wraps and other main courses. There are also many vegetarian options.
A selection of our feast:
Fried Squid & Garlic Mayo
This view with that watermellon & feta salad. Priceless.
And then we still had to eat our wraps…
… and the owner decided we should not leave without trying desert. Oh my gosh!!! (but sooo good, haha)
LOVE. ALL. THE. JUICE.
4. What does it FEEL like?
If you feel like you want to spend more time here (and you probably will), the restaurant offers a few huts that you can book to stay overnight! How cool is that?!
There are about 6 huts that are available for rent! So cute!
5. What does it SMELL like?
With the fresh beach air right next to your table, visiting this restaurant is such a nice place to come and escape a little bit of the madness that Goa often brings. Recharge, soak up some fresh air and then you’re ready for the next adventure!
Happy Coconut here!
After our 5-senses test, we’re ready to answer our final (and perhaps most important) question in our Thalassa Restaurant Review:
6. Does this restaurant make us happy?
Thalassa was a well-needed fresh breath of air in the sometimes chaotic, dusty, crazy Goa. The food is amazing, the staff friendly and the views… well, you’ll be the judge of that :) If I had more time, I would perhaps consider to stay at the little huts as well, because how cool is that?! A place well worth visiting, but it’s popular, so it might be very busy in high season!
VISIT THALASSA YOURSELF!
Small Vagator, Ozran, Vagator, Goa 403509, India
Monday to Sunday: 08:00–23:30
The rooms and huts at Thalassa are simple and minimal, but have everything you’ll need: bathroom, fan, mosquito nets, wifi(!) and breakfast. There are standard rooms and rooms with an air deck. For bookings, email email@example.com
Disclaimer: I visited Thalassa in Goa as part of the #Escape2Goa Blogger Campaign organised by LeaveURMark and the Goa Tourism Board. All photos and opinions are 100% my own!