With its pristine and leveled sands, white canopies and indigo blue deck, Revati Upadhya says Zeebop by the Sea whisks you away to a quieter side of Goa’s beach life.
Approximately a 45-minute drive from Panjim, Zeebop by the Sea is hidden among the palm-tree dotted villages of Salcette. Settle under the Greek-style gazebos with canopies, while the sunlight streams in.
On offer is a selection of fresh seafood that probably just got off the nearest fishing boat. Friendly Zeeboppers happily help you make your choice. If you love seafood, try the squid, prawns or lobsters (if they are on offer) in a typically Goan preparation – either sautéed in butter-garlic or in a spicy Reichad masala. Depending on the size of the seafood, you can expect to pay close to Rs 1200 for a medium-sized crab, which is well worth ignoring your frugal instincts.
While the rest of the menu has a limited number of things on offer, it covers a bit of everything – Goan, Mughlai and even a few customary Continental inclusions like steaks and sizzlers.
As for beverages, indulge in fresh fruit juices and shakes to complete your beach relaxation sprint to the tee or try the icy, strong Mojito (Rs 200), which is totally worth the money.
Though you will have to ease into the rather lethargic service, its unlikely to be a real deal breaker. Make the most of your time in between order and service. Get into the water for a quick swim and get in a bit of exercise before you eat. If it’s a lazy Sunday you’re after; stay put and practice deep cleansing breaths as you take in the lapping sounds of the sea. Need we say more?
Must try – Crab salt and pepper
Meal for two – Rs 3000 + taxes (inclusive of alcohol)