Restaurant Review: The Banyan, Goa

by Ashna Pamnani 1541

It can’t get more rustic than dining under a Banyan tree at an old house in Assagao, Goa

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The Banyan at Assagao serves modern Asian food under the shade of a 300-year old tree at an original Goan House. Need it be more rustic?

What Is It?

Goa is bustling with blaring music and party lights. How about taking a moment away from all that’s glitzy to enjoy a meal under the shade of a Banyan tree at an old house in Assagao, Goa! Taking inspiration from all around Asia, an old Portugal home has been converted into a restaurant that serves authentic Asian food.

The Banyan, Goa

Carved Wooden Door

The restaurant covers an array of dishes such as Stir Fried Lotus Stems, Tofu Tangsuyuk heralding form Korea, Kirspy Konjee Lamb a favorite among locals, to one of their signature dishes Son in Law Eggs. And how can we forget, a vast array of Dim Sum is on offer. Unique rot iron lanterns and other knick-knacks from Bali have been put together to complete the look of this restaurant.

What Is In It?

A brain child of local architect Chirstopher Gonsalves, The Banyan is a wonderful amalgamation of Indonesian, Thai with a hint of Goan architecture. The house is painted in hues of grey and white with wooden accents and the Rattan furniture has been lifted with colourful cushions, low tables and sofas. With a Buddha right in the centre of the restaurant, The Banyan truly comes to life in the night with its subtle lighting.

The Banyan, Goa

Buddha Spotted Right In The Centre Of The Restaurant

What To Eat?

1.     The ‘Baos’

Steamed, filled bun you can choose to have it stuffed or open. Roast Duck Baos or Adobo (Pork Adobo topped with Lettuce) or Garlic Beef (Beef Tenders sautéed with burnt garlic & coriander topped with mint Mayo). Try the local flavour with the Goan Sausage or you can just go for the Pulled Pork if this is your meat of choice.

The Banyan, Goa

Roast Duck Bao

2.     Tempura

Served with a choice of vegetables, Prawn or Chicken, Cha Gio (Vietamese Spring Rolls), Char Siu Spare Ribs – done in a Cantonese style to Beef Negimaki (Rolled Sliced Beef with Scallions in Teriyaki sauce).

The Banyan, Goa

Cha Gio

3.     The Slow Boat to Thailand
It is a steaming pot of aromatic spice laced broth served with exotic vegetables, meats or seafood and dumplings.

The Banyan, Goa

Chicken Prawns Sumai

4.     Bowls – a meal in one

 One can order from Thai Firsher’s Noodles, Chili Ramen with choice of veg or non-veg to The Banyan’s own version of the Burmese Khowsuey served very differently.

The Banyan, Goa

Beef Ramen


Address: 345/1, Munang Vado, Assagao, Bardez, Goa
Contact: 074474 77502
Timings: 12pm to 12am

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