Joe’s River Cove | Cavelossim

In a state famed for its beach side restaurants with beautiful sea views, Joe Passanha offers us his own version of paradise— a restaurant set against the backdrop of majestic mangroves and the serene river Sal.

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Nobody comes across Joe’s River Cove by accident. This remote restaurant in Cavelossim has either been recommended to you by family or raved about by friends. And always accompanied by the suggestion that the rawa fried mussels are a ‘must have’.

The slightly un-kept lawn, a smattering of garden shrubs, trees and a small stage-cum-dance floor tick all the right boxes to pass for rustic restaurant ambience. But it’s the view of the river, the mangroves and the occasional fisherman in his canoe that is clearly the star of this show.

Afternoons are truly the best time to soak in the surroundings and enjoy the view.  The frequently darting kingfisher and other native birds offer a spot of bird watching between sips of beer. Listen to all the recommendations and order the rawa fried mussels to go with your drink.

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The food at Joe’s River cove is tasty and consistent, hence the rave reviews. The fish is fresh and all their meats are flavourful. And while they offer a very sparse vegetarian menu, their veg dishes like the stuff mushrooms have quite a fan following.

Joe himself recommends their Indian cuisine. He started the restaurant with the intention of catering to the local crowd. And his extensive Indian offerings were put on the menu so that the locals could look forward to food they wouldn’t often find in their own kitchens.  And while a decent butter chicken is hard to pull off in this part of the country, Joe’s is as good as it gets.

The restaurant offers live music four times a week, from Thursday through Sunday.  And for all the gaur-mad Goans, ISL screenings are held during the season. The little dance floor is great for small parties and private celebrations. But for most guest the music is a good enough reason to end the night on the dance floor.

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If you decide to stop by Joe’s River Cove in Cavelossim, make a day out of it. Spend the day beach hopping along the beautiful white-sand Cavelossim-Mobor stretch. Sample more of the local cuisine at Fisherman’s warf. Stop by Betty’s Place in Mobor and take a River cruise to explore the Sal, watch dolphins and go fishing.

Or you could add a bit of history to your day by visiting the ancient Cabo De Rama fort. Play adventurer by exploring the fort’s crumbling walls and old cannons. Visit the pretty fort chapel or simply sit down and take in the extraordinary view of the sea. If it’s the view you’re after than drive up to the Holy Cross Chapel on the neighbouring Baradi hill too. Legend has it that the cross is miraculous and locals believe that it cures all ailments. But you don’t have to believe in folk lore to feel the therapeutic effects of watching a sunset from this spot.


Joe’s River Cove

After the Assolna- Cavelossim bridge, ferry road, Cavelossim.

Ph: +91 9890028818