(1) Ku – One of Goa’s most magical and exclusive restaurants, this Zen like retreat blends Indian, Indonesian and Japanese themes in an eclectic mix. There’s just one door, no windows and paddy fields all around. Try a Tom Yum soup, a Mecchoui of lamb, or a Chao tom sugarcane with prawns. Book on: 93 261 23 570 or e-mail to: email@example.com.
(2) Phil and Juliette’s paradise of an eco retreat Yoga Magic, near Anjuna has a growing reputation for its delicious, healthy South Indian food, much of it grown in the on site organic gardens. Non guests need to book ahead, and ask for directions when you do because it’s not easy to find. www.yogamagic.net or +91 (0)832 652 3796
(3) Goa-born and convent-educated in Surrey and Mumbai, Lulu’s house at Panchavatti, Corjuem Island brings a touch of old world elegance to Goa. Her house is a haven of laterite stone, high wooden ceilings and tiled roofs, and the majestic garden boasts an extraordinary view. Book in for lunch and a swim in the pool to enjoy one of Goa’s best kept secrets. visit: http://www.islaingoa.com
(4) For newcomers to north Goa you might reel over in shock when you first discover La Plage, a chic beach restaurant with incredible food that wouldn’t be out of place in Cannes. The freshest fish, foie gras, chocolate pancakes and ice cold white wine. Not to be missed. Off Ashwem beach; tel. +91 9822121712; firstname.lastname@example.org
(5) Run by Moses Fernandes, Fellini’s Italian Restaurant is the most authentic pizza joint for hundreds of miles. The freshest dough properly made, using local ingredients and fired in a traditional oven, this is a gem of a place, although generally packed to the nines. Socoillo Vaddo, Main Arambol Beach Road, Arambol Pernem Goa; tel. +91 9764893896, 9881461224; email@example.com
(accompanying photo is of Ku,Morjim)