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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 #37 of 144 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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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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Bangalore, India
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24 reviews 24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Nothing else. Why bother? Every trip, i only for their Chicken Cafreal - Traditional goan food. Eaten as is or with a little pav to soak up the gravy. Totally worth the drive.

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mangalore
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We reached the place a little late for lunch, but the food was pretty good considering the price! The menu is predominantly goanese dishes, but they are pretty good!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

On our recent trip to Goa, we were determined to eat at all local joints and in our search came upon Florentine’s. Not a very fancy place, Florentine’s is a small restaurant with plastic chairs and wooden tables that give you a typical goan home feel. It is surrounded by goan villas that make the setting very peaceful and homely.... 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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