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Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road, Near Saligao Church | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
(+91) 832 2278122
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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, Late Night, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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What a lovely evening and great food surrounded by some very happy family diners. Superb value for money for excellent food and a lively atmosphere of many local people. Get there before 8.30 pm as afterwards there was a queue the place is so popular. In comparison to the many touristy restaurants... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
ecrouch9
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Birmingham
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Birmingham
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a lovely evening and great food surrounded by some very happy family diners. Superb value for money for excellent food and a lively atmosphere of many local people. Get there before 8.30 pm as afterwards there was a queue the place is so popular. In comparison to the many touristy restaurants in Candolim and Calungute it was lovely to... More 

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Thank ecrouch9
New Delhi, India
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Chicken Cafreal and goan bread - what else could you ask for. Feel blessed !! Amust must try for all visiting Goa (north). Tried another gem this time - Fish Manchurian - mouthwatering !!

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Thank Abisonking
BRISTOL
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was recommended this restaurant by everyone I spoke to in Calangute and I was not let down! The food was beautiful- highly recommend :0)

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Thank RACHYBRICEY
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My first experience of goan food was here and I was not disappointed, everything was fresh and very good value for money. I also had my first experience of Finney here ( not for the faint hearted) . staff where friendly and helpful and the bathrooms facilities where spotless. Highly recommend for couples or families.

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Thank Charliemenon
Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was told the history of Florentines from a local I met called yesh.all of his mates backed up the story of this being the best local restaurant in goa,where you'll eat the best cafrael ever.local knowledge is always best.And he was right.We arrived at about 7-7.30 ,and not many people in, he said ,just wait,there will be a queue... More 

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Thank clarke c
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Florentine Bar and Restaurant, located just off the CHOGM road, in Saligao, is one of those rare restaurants that been able to maintain a consistent standard of offerings over the past twenty or more years. The menu has remained more or less the same, with a few tweeks, the pinnacle being their chicken cafreal. Cooked in its skin, juicy, oozing... More 

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Thank blank247
Panaji, India
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102 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the place was very famous for chicken cafrel and we love to go to this place just to eat same. the place is now little commercialised due to its core value. need to maintain standard so Goan customers can visit again to get authentic flavours

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Thank Shantanushetye
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such good value, ate a 2 course meal with a beer for £7.50. Lovely to have such an authentic experience for our last meal in Goa.

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Thank Rebecca G
Leicester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, this year new tables and chairs, tablecloths. But the chicken cafrael is still the best in Goa. Had tiger prawn followed by king fish area fried, neither on the menu but just ask.

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Thank samtheboater
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Florentine bar and restaurant was at one point of time a must visit place in the past what attracted so many a guest was the signature dish "chicken cafreal" that was simply outstanding. As a child I remember coming here during ma summer vacation enjoying their amazing chicken. So years later with those good memories in ma head here I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road, Near Saligao Church | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
  • Location: Asia  >  India  >  Goa  >  Bardez  >  Saligao
  • Phone Number: (+91) 832 2278122

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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