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Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Calangute 403511, India
+91 832 227 8122
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Ranked #40 of 147 Restaurants in Calangute
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $2
Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Caetano D'Costa encountered Chicken Cafreal in the early 80s. At the time, he was working in the kitchen of the Mandovi Hotel in Panjim, under the tutelage of a senior chef, Caridade Alfonso. Caetano D'costa's parents had a tiny tavern in a bylane of Saligao, selling cashew and palm feni distilled by a relative. His mother added homemade snacks to go along with drinks, and the little tavern immediately became a hit with the motorcycle-pilots of the region who operated a local taxi service on their bikes.They brought their customers in increasing numbers. In 1985, the then 24 year old Mr.D'Costa left his job at the Mandovi Hotel and the tavern turned into Florentine. On its menu was Chicken Cafreal. Today, this richly aromatic, long-marinated fried chicken that's smothered in a spicy, coriander- heavy sauce is ubiquitous on restaurant menus across the state and widely known across the world as a signature Goan dish. But in fact, until the 1970's, Chicken Cafreal was unknown in Goa.
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Navi Mumbai, India
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

we went here for the Chicken Cafreal which this place is famous for and i have eaten this very dish many a times here , but this time sadly the quality was missing along with the real cafreal taste and also the chicken was dry and undermarinated

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

One of the best chicken Kafrell i've ever had n nice sea food..place is a let down since but for a place like Goa not worried really...amazing value for money..

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mumbai
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84 reviews 84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Not a very fancy place but the best Chicken Cafreal(chicken in green gravy) with paw. This is the best dish and you just cant miss it when u r here. This place is light on the pocket and has good service.

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The food at Florentines is always good. We had squid masala, prawn rawa fry, mussels & powret rawa fry for starters - all excellent & helped us down our Fenni ! For main course it was chicken cafreal with poi & for some prawn curry rice. The chicken cafreal is a signature dish & shouldn't me missed unless u cant... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

If your ever visit GOA, you must eat at Florentine's. Chicken Cafreal without any question was the best Cafreal I ever had. I don't remember what other dish I had at Florentine's but Chicken Cafreal. My friend visited GOA thrice and missed on Chicken Cafreal due to bad timings as Florentine's very strict about working hours. They are open from... More 

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Panaji
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We were a group of 5-6 friends who visited this place after hearing of this from lots of friends, first thing we noticed was there was no proper parking available and we had to undergo a lot of left right up down before we could finally park. Second is there is a bit causal approach towards the cusomers and they... More 

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

If you wast to try chicken cafreal for the first time, or if you want to change your opinion about this local dish, Florentine is the place!!! I was advised by my local goan friend to visit this place if i wanted authentic goan food. I am happy i did!! The atmosphere is very different from the other goan restaurants.... More 

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New Delhi, India
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Had heard a lot about this place for its food, but as soon as we entered, the ambience seemed very unimpressive... it looked kinda shady to us, so we did not stay here. no comments regarding the food.

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Muscat, Oman
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126 reviews 126 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Look for restaurants in saligao on the most popular search engine and 9 out of 10 results will feature flotentines. This place is that famous and it deserves to be. Florentines is very famous for its Chicken Cafreal and believe me it is lip smacking. The taste of the cafreal here is not what it used to be earlier but... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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108 reviews 108 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Florentine is our haunt for the taste bud tickling Chicken cafreal. I have recommended this local joint to most of my friends visiting Goa and they have been anything but disappointed. I've not tried most of their dishes as we go there only for the cafreal. They serve the chicken in half and full portions and it tastes best with... More 

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Additional Information about Florentine

Address: Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Calangute 403511, India
Phone Number: +91 832 227 8122
Location: Asia  >  India  >  Goa  >  Calangute
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 3:00 pm  6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 1 - 2

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