Bomra’s Restaurant, Goa

May 2, 2011 in Favourite Places | Comments (5)


Bawmra Jap is, in my view, one of the finest and most inventive chefs in the world. He is ethnically a Kachin from northern Burma, but he left the country after his marriage to his British-Iranian wife, Mariam, and trained as a chef in London. His restaurant, Bomra’s,  in Candolim, Goa, is unpretentious and welcoming, but it consistently serves some of the best food anywhere. His style is unclassifiable: it is perhaps best described as South-East-Asian-inflected modern cuisine. Some of his great dishes are: pickled tea leaf salad, crisp-fried sardines, pomelo salad, pork belly and Kachin chicken. His warm chocolate cake is better than any I’ve had in New York, London, New Delhi – anywhere in fact.

I don’t know how he does it; I’m just glad he does.




5 Responses to “Bomra’s Restaurant, Goa”

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  1. Comment by Collen RagonMay 6, 2011 at 4:58 am   Reply

    Good web site

  2. Comment by Tripti ChouhanJanuary 18, 2012 at 12:32 am   Reply

    Sounds amazing! I love traveling and plan to go to Goa this year. Would definitely visit Bomra’s Restaurant! 🙂

  3. Comment by v malik — March 22, 2012 at 10:48 am   Reply

    Well, what do you know, we were in Soccore for a few days, and one evening decided to head for Bomra’s. Liked the food, liked the warmth and most of all, liked the fact that we knew some of his people in Chiswick side too . . . and did you know, they have a menu for you out there, too? His cocktails are great, but hey, bit of a shock when told they don’t do credit cards, so we had to hike over to an ATM . . . but great place. And that tamrind in the Margharita . . .

    Cheers . . .

  4. Comment by vijeeSeptember 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm   Reply

    I too was hoping to go to this restaurant when I visited Candolim but I got there in November, a tad too early for the tourist season.

    Candolim, of course, is the birthplace of Abbe Faria who inspired the unforgettable eccentric character Abbe Busoni in The Count of Monte Cristo. There was one school there with his name, I think.

    Abbe Faria’s life story itself reads like a novel.

  5. Comment by Neharika — June 7, 2017 at 7:14 am   Reply

    Exquisite food in a quiet unassuming setting. Thank you for highlighting this place for like-minded gastronomes 🙂

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