Goa is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. People from across India and the world visit this beautiful beach city all year long for some memorable experiences. As Indian tourism attracts more and more global population, every tourist destination has introduced several restaurants serving international flavours. Following suit, Goa has several restaurants with global cuisines to cater to every culinary whim of the city's tourists. Japanese cuisine is one such example. Over the years, Asian cuisine has seen a wave of major acceptance globally. Exciting new experiments clubbed with centuries-old warm and familiar tastes have ensured that Asian cuisines such as Japanese remain a top favourite of people. Riding in on this popularity, several Japanese restaurants have popped up in Goa which will give you a most authentic taste of their delectable food.
Here are some of Goa’s best Japanese restaurants
1. The Red Ginger
With a beautiful ambience that will instantly make you feel welcome, the restaurant prides itself on its food. A menu that consists of delicious sushi, ramen, and many other Japanese delicacies will make you feel like you are in culinary heaven. Consisting of a beautiful inside as well as outside sitting area, the restaurant is bound to deliver a memorable food experience.
What to try: Crunchy ebi roll, dragon roll, dynamite maki, prawn tempura, etc.
Location: Multiple outlets
Timings: 11 am – 11 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1500 (approx.)
2. Mama Miso
Beautiful interiors, delicious food and a delightful experience are what Mama Miso aims to deliver to every foodie. A menu consisting of some of the best dishes from Japanese cuisine, paired with refreshing cocktails is what makes this restaurant one of the best in Goa. Visit this restaurant for a truly unforgettable time.
What to try: Spicy salmon roll, crispy lotus stem, Japanese cheesecake, chilli-flamed edamame, etc.
Location: Heritage Village Club, Arossim Beach, Cansaulim, Majorda, Goa
Timings: 12 pm – 11 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1000 (approx.)
A popular fine-dining restaurant that is famous for its sushi, Tataki is one of Goa’s best when it comes to Japanese cuisine. With a menu that plays with your taste buds as much as it plays on the visuals, you will be simply mesmerised by the rich menu. Tataki believes that dining out should not just be another experience, rather it should be something that should be celebrated. The menu and the aesthetic of the restaurant stand true to that.
What to try: sushi sashimi platter, dim sum, black bean chicken dumplings, etc.
Location: Bento Miguel Building, D. Joao De Crasto Road, Near Head Post Office, Fontainhas, Panaji, Goa
Timings: 12:30 pm – 3 pm and 7:30 pm – 11 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1900 (approx.)
Goa’s first YakiTori bar that plays up the uniqueness of its concept with a modern twist, Shiori is as contemporary as it gets. Located in at least a hundred-year-old building that used to be a hardware store, Shiori brings history and innovation together through its design as well as its menu. The restaurant treats you to some truly delicious Japanese food and drinks that further enhance your meal experience.
What to try: Salmon sashimi sushi, tempura asparagus sushi, shrimp supreme sushi, etc.
Location: FW 7, Siolim, Goa
Timings: 12 pm – 3 pm and 7 pm – 12 am
Cost for two: Rs 2000 (approx.)
5. Yaki Zushi
Yaki Zushi is a Goan Japanese restaurant that is popular for its extensive variety of sushi. The restaurant has mastered the art of making the most delicious types of sushi that always has people queueing up for a taste. Pair it with other delicacies and drinks, and you will know exactly why Yaki Zushi is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Goa.
What to try: Nori dragon sushi roll, tamago sushi nigiri, chicken katsu roll, ramen soup, etc.
Location: House 251, Bella Vista Waddo, Porvorim, Sangolda, Bardez, Goa
Timings: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm and 7 pm – 11:30 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1700 (approx.)
Sakana, a charming restaurant nestled in the lanes of Vagator, is famous for its idyllic surroundings and the wholesome, hearty Japanese flavours. From sushi to dimsums and dumplings, to ramen, the restaurant prides itself on delivering made-from-scratch goodness that remains consistent no matter when you visit. The restaurant is a must-visit if you are in the mood for a soulful Japanese meal.
What to try: Miso soup, sashimi, teriyaki chicken, gyoza, etc.
Location: House No. 187, Mapusa – Anjuna – Chapora Rd, Vagator, Goa
Timings: 12 pm – 3 pm and 6 pm – 11:30 pm
Cost for two: Rs 1800 (approx.)
Playing up on the nostalgia of the bygone era, Roboto is a treat for your taste buds among other senses. The vibrant, reminiscent of the 80s décor, and playful flavours at Roboto will have you enjoying every single bite of your meal. What sets Roboto apart is that, unlike many other Japanese restaurants, this one seeks to experiment further than just sushi, making it a hub for foodies who love exploring cuisines beyond the basic layers.
What to try: Tataki, black banana bread, yaki kinobo, hiyahi chuka, ramen, etc.
Location: 90, Monteiro Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa
Timings: 12:30 pm – 11 pm (Wednesday closed)
Cost for two: Rs 2000 (approx.)