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“The real thing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Florentine

Florentine
Pequeno Morod, Chogm Road | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
+91 832 227 8122
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Ranked #1 of 4 Restaurants in Saligao
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $2
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups, Local cuisine
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.
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“The real thing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Wonderful straightforward experience. If you want the unpretentious face of Goan restaurants, this is it. Formica tables, no fuss, just delicious fish curry, Bombay duck, chicken cafreal - not expensive, just good honest fare.

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London
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Great for chicken”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Always very busy, reasonable prices. The service isn't too brilliant, unless you are Indian. But, this is made up for by fantastic chicken caffreal.

Visited January 2014
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“Hidden Treasure..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

If your looking for Authentic Goan food with Reasonable pricing.. Florentine is a place to be... Home like ambience. Little off the road but very much recommended place to eat.

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“Awesome Chicken Cafreal”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Must try its chicken cafreal with pao. It was somewhat difficult to find but worth searching for. It is right turn from the double dolphin towards saligao and is situated in the left side of road.

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“Authentic & Great Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

We have visited Florentine in the past and this is our first visit for a couple of years. We went with Goan friends and had an excellent evening. The service was quick and efficient and the food excellent. Rawa fried prawn starter was really tasty and a large portion. We all had chicken cafreal main course which was delicious - ask for extra gravy for a spicy kick! Total cost of the evening was £16 for 6 main courses, 4 starters and around 4 rounds of drinks so obviously great value. You will need to take a taxi as this is out of the resort centre but definitely worth the visit. Don't expect luxurious surroundings, this is a simple goan restaurant with great food.

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