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The Plantain Leaf, Calangute

Almita-III Porba Vaddo
Tel: 832 227 6861's insider take:

Popular with locals, this casual vegetarian restaurant serves a huge array of Udipi-style and North Indian dishes. Try a thali, a platter of curried vegetable dishes, relishes, pappadams, and a dessert. Locals wash it down with feni, a fiercely potent drink made from fermented cashew apples (beware, it's 30 percent to 35 percent proof). Finish your meal—spicy, the way locals like it—with a cup of chai. If your mouth is on fire, don't reach for your water glass; cool your mouth with raita (a yogurt-cucumber relish) or fruit instead.

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