If it’s authentic Goan food that you’re craving for, we highly recommend Lloyd’s at Candolim. The speciality of this restaurant — there is no fixed menu. Everything is the fresh catch of day and prepared by Lloyd’s mother.
The crumb fried tiger prawns were huge and delicious, the pork chops and xacuti — out of the world. And may we add Lloyd’s became one of our most frequented joints in Goa, especially for the simple ambience that makes you feel at home, and of course Lloyd’s company.
Lloyd usually opens his restaurant by evening, which stays open until the clientele keep pouring in (usually till 6 am) or till the food gets over. A good meal for two may cost between Rs 300 to Rs 500. For us, it didn’t really matter that once the food got over, by the time we reached late on a Saturday night for dinner.
We’ve spent many evenings post dinner chatting with Lloyd and his friends who would drop by after work. Lloyd’s is a hub to meet the locals. I met a chef, got loads of inputs about Dobermans and Rottweilers from a dog breeder and got to know more about eating out through other restaurant owners! In fact, Lloyd’s is more popular amongst the locals and it attracts Bollywood stars as well.
Lloyd’s is probably one of the few restaurants that are open during the off-season (starting June/ July till October). An evening at Lloyd’s is pure enjoyment — with a drink and of course his mum’s cooking! That’s the magic at Lloyd’s.
Published in Rediff.com, for a Goa Food Guide Series 11th February 2008.