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“Great impromptu dinner”
Review of Palms of Goa

Palms of Goa
Ranked #347 of 24,268 Restaurants in London
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$28 - US$42
Cuisines: Indian
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Fitzrovia
Description: Palms of Goa is a unique Indian restaurant, serving distinctly Goan cuisine. The history of this special branch of cooking reflects Goa���s Indian and Portuguese heritage - the main ingredients being coconut and spices, creating a flavoursome and distinctive taste. Located on London���s bustling New Cavendish Street, Palms of Goa is a popular place for business lunches and after-work meals. The rich red interior and delicious, healthy food make the experience of dining here a memorable one, and our favourite dishes include the Lamb Xacutti, a Goan dish prepared with coconut, vinegar and hot spices, and the restaurant���s renowned Pumpkin Curry. Palms of Goa has been in business for over 23 years, and is a favourite spot for Soho diners.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great impromptu dinner with friends, lovely atmosphere and the staff were warm and friendly nothing was too much trouble. Definitely worth a return visit

Thank Jacqui A
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Eugene D, Owner at Palms of Goa, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you Jacqui A for your lovely review. Hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Booked at 17:00 for 18:30 on Saturday 24th March 2018. Right in the centre of Charlotte Street/Fitzrovia. Friendly greeting from Eugene on arrival. Had starters, selection of mains and deserts. All good! ...and efficiently served. Choice of Kingfisher and Cobra beers and house wine good. Naan's right size for 2 between 4.

Advice: can get full by 20:00 particularly Friday and Saturday - try lunchtimes, earlier in evening or phone ahead.

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Thank David C
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Eugene D, Owner at Palms of Goa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you David for your lovely review. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the meal at Palms of goa. Hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting a London uni with my son, we made a lucky discovery...Palms of Goa...a small, unpretentious restaurant, busier than any of its neighbours on Charlotte Street and well worth waiting for a table to come free, as we ended up dong. Thumb past the familiar Indian restaurant menu offerings, until you come to the Goan specialities - the red fish curry spiced with kokum was a zinger, and the lamb zacutti more tender and aromatic than I had thought possible outside Goa. Vegetable rice and naans were excellent too. Looks like the uni decision might be influenced by culinary temptations. Palms of Goa we shall be back!

Thank NIsha-IoW
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Eugene D, Owner at Palms of Goa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Nisha for your lovely review. Nice to hear from you that you and your son enjoyed the meal at Palms of goa. Hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Palms of Goa has been a wonderful institution in Charlotte Street for many years. It serves the most delicious, and healthy (very little ghee in the final dishes!) Goan food. Together with this, and the very friendly and helpful service, it is an absolute gem. The menu prices in this part of London are extremely good. We try to come here every few weeks or so and it is always a real treat. Do book - but don't worry if you haven't - a table will always be ready for you in a short time. Enjoy it - you will not be disappointed.

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1  Thank Linda W
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Eugene D, Owner at Palms of Goa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you Linda for your lovely review. I liked the word healthy in your review and yes I have always been insistent towards my chef to use minimal oil in cooking and never use food colouring. I am pleased to hear that you enjoyed the meal at Palms of goa. Hope to see you soon.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

I came here with high expectations reading all the reviews as I love Indian food!
I’m eating Indian about twice a week and I’ve visited some of the best Indian restaurants from across Europe to Asia and even in Dubai. Everything from many family run Indian restaurants all around London to fusion ones like Dishoom to the big curry houses like Tayyabs or Lahore and a couple fine dining Indian restaurants too like Zaika.

I’m always on a hunt for the best curry houses and I was truly hoping that after reading the reviews with such titles as “Best Curry in London”, I would certainly not be disappointed coming to Palms of Goa.

Well I was so wrong and reading some of these reviews just make me laugh now how so many people in London have absolutely no idea what a good curry should or could taste like!

The restaurant is small which is fine and the staff is friendly but unfortunately that’s about the only good thing I can say about this place.

The food, the ingredients, the chicken and even the packaging for take away is very very cheap and low quality.

Vegetable rice doesn’t taste that nice and was a little dry. The chicken karahi was one of the worst I’ve actually had in London.
Totally bland, just poorly spiced tomato puree and the chicken was very very hard and dry. Obviously they use cheap quality chicken and they don’t prepare it well either. Even at lower quality places like Tayyabs where the chicken karahi is more oily they know how to slow cook the chicken in the sauce so it becomes very tender and almost falls apart and you don’t have to force cutting it.

The other dish, the chicken shahi was a milder curry with barbecued chicken but the chicken was just as bad as in the karahi and the sauce actually smelled bad too and the taste was very very weird! Absolutely nothing like what I was expecting.
I was expecting something similar to or in between a korma- butter chicken- pasanda but it was nothing similar to any of those and I personally did not like it’s taste at all.

The garlic naan was very average too, nothing more, nothing less.

There’s not much more I can say about this place, except that I understand that it is in a central location but considering the quality of the ingredients and everything from their take away packaging to how their website looks, their prices are on the higher side. At least they could include a free side salad or a couple dips and poppadoms for take away for the price, but no, no complimentary stuff at all even when taking away several dishes...

Again, the only positive thing I can mention is the friendly welcoming service which is indeed very important but I don’t like it when people go delusional and start praising a very average Indian restaurant to the skies just because of the friendly service and they tend to rather more easily overrate the average to low quality food they serve in there.

Only giving 3 stars because of the welcoming friendly service but the food is only 2.5 stars at best!!

3  Thank daPeezy
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Eugene D, Owner at Palms of Goa, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you DaPeezy for your review and the comments you made. Every comments we at Palms of goa take it seriously so we could improve our self.

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