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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 #33 of 144 Restaurants in Calangute
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $2
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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New Delhi, India
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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34 restaurant reviews
105 helpful votes 105 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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33 restaurant reviews
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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
7 helpful votes 7 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

I used to adore Florentines for genuine delicious Goan fare. This year I was a little disappointed. The rava fried mussels and prawns are still outstanding. Other items on the menu are more ordinary. But the prices have really been hiked up. Now it's as expensive as the finer dining places. Not sure it's worth it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

I have been here for more than 5 times by now.. Vindalo, Xacuti, fish fry, cafreal and Bombil fry... What else you want? You can get the amazing feeling of the real Goan culture here. Mostly comprising of families, local friends, you too feel Goan. The staff though is not quite friendly and they won't serve you if it is... More

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Bangalore, India
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25 restaurant reviews
230 helpful votes 230 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

After my last review about the sad fish I was served, I hadnt visited Florentines for quite some time, this time, visited the place just for the Cafreal.... For starters ordered a fried fresh bombay duck, and I get one medium and one small one in the plate. When asked why they could be of the same size, was told... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

actually a very very gud, hygenic place to have their famous chicken cafreal... I found it not at al expensive..(according to me 100 rs. fr a chicken friend rice is not expensive..) liked da ambience..very simple..and most important I found it very clean..again da best part..less oily... ;)

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