GOA DIARIES: Matcha Japanese Restaurant

Goa is now a foodie’s paradise. The options are endless, and word of mouth gets some restaurants to be the talk of the town. On touching down in Goa, I was asked if I was up for some sushi. And I was more than happy to oblige.

Matcha, a Japanese restaurant in Anjuna (North Goa) was where we went. It’s a tiny food place, and I feel it’s one of Goa’s hidden secrets – if you know you know. It’s not fancy, but the chairs are comfortable, and the vibe is laid back which is how it should be when you are on holiday in Goa. Matcha has a limited menu (thankfully!) but it’s a place that you most certainly shouldn’t miss out on.

When ordering in Bombay, I have found some restaurants (even the fancier ones) skimp on the meat and/or the rice in the sushi rolls, and yet this eatery in Goa served up 8 pieces on a plate where you really had to open your mouth wide to take it all in one bite. The Japanese chef/owner makes these himself – at least I saw him rolling them in the kitchen from my vantage view.

We had the Tempura Prawn Roll and the Salmon Avocado Roll, both were superb. I loved the crunch that accompanied the bite of the prawn roll.

We also tried the Japanese Fried Chicken (5 pieces), but it was too bland for my linking.

I would stick to ordering their sushi and rice bowls whenever I go back. And if you visit, I will highly recommend visiting this unassuming eatery, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Location: Matcha Japanese Restaurant, No. 610/4, Bearing H. No. 1136, Mazal Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa 403509 Telephone: +919953413810/ +919560183447 Open from 12 NOON – 3.00 PM and 5.30 PM – 11.00 PM from Thursday to Tuesday. They are closed on Wednesday.

NOTE: I ate at MATCHA on my OWN time and money. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are truly my OWN.