Classic and "Old" are 30 seconds from each other. We have always loved the old Amancios, fondly called "The Tar" as it is located where the old ferry used to go to the other side to Morjim for the Morjim before the bridge. It took you to Morjim, Ashwem, Mandrem & Arambol Beaches. There is now a bridge but instead of turning left at the major T junction opposite Tattos and Baskin Robin go straight on to find Amancios -watch that junction! Old is run by Lesley and is on the right with a balcony which we like best as you can watch the way of life in an old Goan village with the women with an armful of produce they have brought to market and the men coming down to shop and have a sneaky Feni probably. We have seen all sorts, political rallies, religious groups, the local drunk getting slapped (sad but true), the little betting shop etc. It is where the buses go to bed and watching them being whistled in whilst avoiding the dogs, cows, scooters, bikes, pedestrians, cars & lorries to be parked is entertainment in itself. It has a bar scene of sorts but it is worth a try to meet some fascinating people. A group of us went there so much that they put a flushing toilet in for us! Our waiter from out of state knows our drink orders by heart (what we start off with and finish with) then eventually we pick our food and then write it down and it comes over from Classic Amancios brand spanking new kitchen. Old also sells booze and will do a good deal - splash out on Smirnoff Vodka and Triple Sec to make a lovely cocktail with other bits and bobs. The food is good and very reasonable priced, the Tikka Paneer is to die for as are the raw garlic & chilli roasted potato cubes these are my favourites and I know amongst our friends they have theirs. Classic is an up class restaurant with the new kitchen and western toilet with great hand washing facilities and very cheerful staff. It has a bar scene and is run by lovely Ashleigh brother of equally lovely Lesley both of whom know their business and are really always pleased to see you. As with most eateries in Goa sometimes things get a bit mixed up but it is all part and parcel of "The Goa" as the locals refer to it and that is what we and our friends love about Goa, it is not perfect which all adds to it's charm. Balcony seating varies but be there by 6 or then about 8. Both closed Thursdays. We are in Goa for 4/5 months and we eat here a lot as it does not break the bank.
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