The Outpost is a new restaurant in the heart of Goa worth visiting while you are in Panjim. Whether it is post a stroll through the Latin quarters of the Fontainhas or in between running errands in the capital, the French styled petit bistro makes a great place to unwind and refill.
Right from the moment you walk in through that green door, you are welcomed by the lovely staff, you hear the music from the 80s and 90s and are immediately transported to decades back in time, comfortably. The decor is quaint, the lights not too bright and the seating is old pub style. The menu is a tribute to the great thinkers, novelists, artists, travellers and more.
While you wait for your meal which is never too long, you can look through the long French windows and admire the wall art outside or take a mini walk inside to check out the walls with antique pieces of art. The food portions are mini as its tapas style yet worth the price. It allows you to try many different things, keeping your tastebuds on a roll.
What to eat and drink at The Outpost, Goa
Here are my top picks from The Outpost over my two visits that you should definitely try.
🍟 Truffle fries here are just perfect. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, drizzled with just the right amount of the truffle oil and herbs. They make a great choice for when you want something familiar.
🌮 Pandi Fry Taco is an open soft-shell taco with Pork fried in Pandi style being the hero. It’s well balanced with the mango and apricot pickle which are not very sweet nor sour. The super thin potato fries also known as potato shelli adds that crunch which I missed from the crispy taco. There were three pieces so if you’re a couple, so be prepared to share.
🍗 Confit Chicken Bastilla is inspired by the Moroccan dish Chicken Bastilla which is originally a pie. But Granny slow cooks this chicken with a hint of cinnamon and it’s stuffed in to make phyllo rolls, making it easy to share. It’s just like your perfect fry, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s accompanied with saffron flavoured yoghurt. There were four pieces so yay couples.
🦐 Tapas Style Shrimp had a lot of prawns so great for sharing. They were cooked right in a sauce made of chilli, garlic, white wine, butter and fresh herbs was creamy and finger licking good. It was accompanied by a slice of bread to soak up all that sauce.
🍖 Pork Ribs was cut into three pieces and was easy to eat. It was smoked flawlessly with flavours of onion and garlic making it tender. The apple slaw on the side made it a super combination.
🍮Macchiato Creme Brulee is probably the best dessert I have ever had in the city. It was rich and creamy yet not ridiculously sweet. The coffee ice cream and chocolate flakes were bang on. Trust me, you do not want to share this one so makes sure to get your own. ITS A MUST HAVE!!!
🍷 Posh G&T is loaded with botanicals and herbs like orange, cucumber, juniper berries, green peppercorn, lemon and rosemary. It was refreshing and different from the other G&Ts.
🍸 Paloma milk Punch has a surprising combination milk and grapefruit infused into and further crystallised, that you have to try.
🍹Freud’s Folly is washed with coconut fat, flavoured with ginger-honey, honey-pomegranate and citrus. This was another favourite of the night as I love ginger.
What else to eat
These were other recommendations I came across for the next time I head to The Outpost, Goa
🍗 Smoked Chicken Wings
🌮 Charred Jalapeno Tacos
🐟 Red Snapper Tartare
🐐 Lamb merguez
🍷 Le Balzac
🍸 The Fidler
🍹 Isadora Duncan Martini
🍶 Suffering Bastard
Whether it’s the food, drinks or art, Gran has done them up well to be loved on the Gram. The Outpost indeed outted my expectations and I hope it does the same to yours while you’re in Goa.