Solar dos Colacos, Goa

I thought I’d seen it all in Goa, having been a patron for 30 years, the food, the Portuguese splendour, the idyllic beaches, the trippy hippy parties, the psychedelic trance raves, the breathtaking drives, oh, the list continues endlessly. I thought I knew Goa. So it seemed until my most recent birthday. I was told I was being taken somewhere special – to me this translated as one of the last isolated beaches known only to a handful of locals where food would be gloriously fresh, lip-smackingly lip smacking. What transpired, however, was something out of this world, something special…

Located on the Mandovi river, Solar dos Colacos is a 300 year old Portuguese mansion with its own private jetty and a collectors dream in antique furniture. It literally is like stepping into another world the moment one walks through the front door, a world of placidity and joy. The mansion itself is not a restaurant and it can only be booked for parties of 15 or more. The catering is done by a local caterer and is of exceptional quality, yet it isn’t the food that takes priority here…


The view from the front
Vintage Fenny
Whole baked red snapper
Mackerel recheado
Goan sausage skewers
Pork vindaloo
Sausage pulao
Goan kingfish curry
Panoramic view from the verandah
The dining room
In house chapel
Private jetty