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Best café of the past decade in South Goa

The year 2019 came to its end and now it is time to pick the best café of the past decade in South Goa. Not counting the beach restaurants makes it a bit easier thing to do.

German Bakery products such as lemon cake, chocolate walnut cake, honey peanut cake, cheesecake, carrot cake, croissant and vegetable pastry
German Bakery products such as lemon cake, chocolate walnut cake, honey peanut cake, cheesecake, carrot cake, croissant and vegetable pastry


The winner is a small cafe in Benaulim called German Bakery, which has existed for as long as I can remember. A restaurant with the same name and a bigger size has also operated in North Goa at least one decade ago, but this article tells about that small cafe in the village of Benaulim in South Goa.

The winner is a small cafe in Benaulim called German Bakery, which has existed for as long as I can remember. A restaurant with the same name and a bigger size has also operated in North Goa at least one decade ago, but this article tells about that small cafe in the village of Benaulim in South Goa.

German Bakery is a great place to go if you need change for the Indian masalas and Goan bebincas, as you will find Western cakes, buns, breads and pastries over there.

Ginger-lemon-honey tea in German Bakery
Ginger-lemon-honey tea in German Bakery
Veg sandwich in German Bakery
Veg sandwich in German Bakery

That modest café German Bakery has four tables and chairs alongside Benaulim’s grocery store, and the tables are almost always full. Still, one can always find room, at least after a little waiting. A grocery store is located on the other side of the café and a pharmacy in the other side.

German Bakery has clients for every occasion, but most often you hear English and Hindi spoken. The cafe is about 700m from the Benaulim beach and approximately the same distance from the main road and Maria Hall, which is a well known building in that region.

The baked products are manufactured elsewhere, and they are not spoiled with price and neither will they spoil the tourist’s stomach, if moderately eaten. In the café itself they make tasty vegetable sandwiches, ginger-lemon-honey tea, omelette and juice made of freshly squeezed fruits, among others.

German Bakery cafe staff
Café staff

Their customer service is good and it is amazing, how they cope with their friendly customer service with smile in their face day in day out, regardless of the weather. They must be really doing what they like to do.

Even though the café is modest in appearance, the level of hygiene is mostly good, considering that there is constant traffic around with passing cars, scooters, cows and dogs.

The endless stream of tourists and locals will keep the viewer, the café customer, interested, and no television or even a friend is necessarily needed.

Occasionally, an exciting addition to the customer is brought by sudden power outages, which, without a warning, darken the environment for a moment until the lights come up with the backup generators in the near-by shop. Little bit later, the electricity in the whole village starts working again.

Although gluten-free products were already available in Goa‘s local stores one year back, German Bakery had not yet invested in them, at least in January 2019. However, for a gluten-free diet, there was tea and coffee, fruit juices and omelettes available in the café.

My absolute favorite in the German Bakery was their ginger-lemon-honey tea, and I recommend you to try it, though I’m still not sure if honey should be mixed with hot water or not. But it tastes good anyway.

Couple of walls by the German Bakery served also as bulletin boards promoting eg. local concerts, yoga classes and more. INDIVUE has also been seen there.

INDIVUE chose German Bakery as the best cafe of the past decade in South Goa
INDIVUE chose German Bakery as the best cafe of the past decade in South Goa

If you’re planning to travel to Goa, check out the travel guide in the link!

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Helsinki

Good Indian restaurant in the Tripla shopping mall in Helsinki

An excellent Indian restaurant Deli Rasoi has been opened in the new Tripla shopping center.

The restaurant is located on the fourth floor of the mall, a little off the beaten track, but easy to find with the mall’s signpost.

Deli Rasoi restaurant interior

The smaller entrance leads to a large dining room with even larger view from the windows up to the the Hartwall Arena and the starry sky.

I went to Deli Rasoi restaurant one Sunday evening, when there were not many customers even in the Tripla Shopping Center itself. The atmosphere in the restaurant was comfortably peaceful.

Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer

The restaurant’s menu included starters such as pakoras and samosas, tandoor ovens delicacies such as Chicken and Paneer Tikka, and fish dishes included eg. Fish Madras and Fish Tikka and vegetarian dishes were among others Aloo Gobhi, Dal Makhani, Palak Paneer and Malai Kofta.

Most foods were also labeled with G and L, ie lactose-free and gluten-free, and all the dishes included rice and naan bread, and the price was according to that.

In addition they had vegetable thali and meat thali with three servings and they came with naan bread, rice, raita, salad and dessert.

Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer

I chose Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer for myself, which included fresh cottage cheese pieces in a tomato sauce seasoned with bell peppers, onion, cumin seeds and coriander.

The portion was brought to the table within a reasonable time, and it had large chilli pieces which immediately brought water to the tongue. The chilis in Kadhai Paneer were no decorations – the dose was nice and spicy – just the kind of I’ve eaten for example in Delhi, India. However, not so hot that one has to leave the dose on the plate, as in Jaipur.

Naan bread was also delicious and so was rice. The mango lassi was having a bit too much of a yogurt taste, but on the whole Deli Rasoi Kadhai Paneer was a very fine meal.

My companion had Shahi Paneer, which surprised me with its light color and mild taste, but that’s how it has always been in Finland, that Shahi Paneer is the safe option.

Deli Rasoi and Shahi Paneer

The restaurant Deli Rasoi decoration was modestly stylish and it reminded one about India only with the menu and the welcoming message written on the wall in Hindi. If there is something to be improved, it is the amount of light which could perhaps be slightly increased, unless the intension was to be with mere ambient light at the night time.

Restaurant Deli Rasoi in the Tripla Mall

If you ask me, would I go to eat in the Deli Rasoi in Tripla Shopping Mall again, the answer is yes, and preferably on a warm summer evening, when the restaurant will hopefully have outdoor tables for admiring the starry sky and the Pasila train tracks.

Read more restaurant reviews here and otherwise my e-book Journey to India will tell you more about India itself.