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Pequeno Morod, Chogm Road | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
+91 832 227 8122
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Caetano D'Costa encountered Chicken Cafreal in the early 80s. At the time...
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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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 63
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Finally a changed place for good.. good food, good price...

I came back to Florentine after people told me this place has changed a lot in matters of service and food. .. My previous experience was bad. So i was skeptical when i entered here again. Well To my surprise this place has indeed changed .. I ordered for a large whiskey with soda, a quarter... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Doc_Kuldeep
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goa
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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New Delhi, India
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I still owe one to that stranger I met over a drink @ Pine shack, who enlightened me about a place called Florentine. Florentine is a must visit place - go there and try "Chicken Cafreal" with Goan bread. Its their flagship offering and the best in Goa.

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goa
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141 reviews 141 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I came back to Florentine after people told me this place has changed a lot in matters of service and food. .. My previous experience was bad. So i was skeptical when i entered here again. Well To my surprise this place has indeed changed .. I ordered for a large whiskey with soda, a quarter cafreal with Pav, a... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

The Fish was not fresh, the Chicken Cafrial, which it is famous for, had no taste at all. The Masala Prawns and the Bombay Duck had no taste either. Would avoid unless desperate.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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14 reviews 14 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We visited this place in May last year snd didnt find anything exceptional except the Chicken Cafreal ,which i guess my wife may also cook up a similar or better fare than them...The wait was HORRENDOUS....The ambience doesnt compensate for the long wai...it gives a Mess like feel as its hot as hell there during the nights..and the service of... More 

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India
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157 reviews 157 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

went after reading rave reviews...a bit tucked away and was very warm in the already hot weather. service was friendly. chicken cafreal was nice but not over the top. limited beer menu and not chilled either. poi seemed tough and not very fresh...they could have at least warmed it. mackerel rechado was not cooked properly and when we shared the... More 

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New Delhi, India
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20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

n Goa, the search for Chicken Cafreal begins and ends at Florentine,the pioneering restaurant that put this Goan fried chicken on the global food map 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... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Best Chicken Cafreal. Enough said. Order the quart of Cafreal... Don't miss the gravy.. Dip bread... Drool. Order quart again. The restaurant serves a tonne of other stuff... The menu is long. But everyone eats just the Cafreal. You should find out Why. Again...don't miss the gravy

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Pudsey, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Been coming to Goa for 16 yrs and always try to eat here during stay in Calengute. The locals eat here. Love the atmosphere, the smells and the food. Also one of the best value restaurants around.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

One of the best places in Goa for authentic Goan food at very reasonable prices. The CHicken Cafreal is to die for!! And the rest of the dishes are pretty good too. No frills or fancy in this place - just good honest food at good honest prices. Little difficult to find though - in a lane just after the... More 

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County Galway, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

I liked most dishes the chicken and the carmel pudding are the stars of the menu.gets busy on weekends

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Pequeno Morod, Chogm Road | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Goa  >  Bardez  >  Saligao
  • Phone Number: +91 832 227 8122

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups

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.
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?