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Florentine Bar & Restaurant

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Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road, Near Saligao Church | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
(+91) 832 2278122
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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Navi Mumbai, India
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29 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Myself and my friends visited Florentine restaurant for lunch. Its one of the best authentic Goanese (Coastal) food. We had Surmai fry, wow, it was delicious and the size was also huge. Later we ordered Chicken Vindaloo and Goan fish curry. The taste of each one of these dishes were amazing. We all relished the food so much that I... More 

1 Thank Dipankar D
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very good restaurant where the locals go. Went on a Thursday evening and it was quite busy with a good atmosphere. Cheap, quality food. Chicken cafreal is a must!

Thank Peter M
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Visited many times this place and really enjoyed the food and drinks. The best dish I enjoyed was the chicken Cafreal with the Goan bread No doubt other various variety of dishes they offer. Also the drinks were good and genuine. Ordered variety of other seafood and fish dishes as to out family liking. All of them enjoyed and hope... More 

Ponda, India
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

It's an excellent place in North Goa.The dishes recommended are Chicken Cafreal,Chicken Xauti and prawns vindaloo.You can try the cafreal with unde which a sort of pav but harder version.The place is calm and cool so u won't be able to hear any horns of vehicles.

Thank Shrutesh J
Mapusa, India
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64 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

I have been to this place at least a 100 times. In fact I am kind of addicted to eating Chicken Cafreal here. I have been going to this place since 1993, that time there no proper road access. Apart from Cafreal you should try the Prawns curry and Rava fried Kingfish and Chonak

Thank RaajKhalap
Maharashtra, India
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Chicken Cafreal was very nice, Also they provide very fast service.Price is not so high....... Really enjoyed the testy Food with my friends..will visit once again

Thank jitus54
Pune, India
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2016

Chicken Cafreal is their signature dish. Fried squids is another must have here. The place is not near the main city or beach but has its own reputation amongst food lovers. Their king fish curry was mouth watering. Ambiance is clean and tidy. Sevice is very good and prices are very reasonable.

1 Thank Moogle2014
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Average food quality and arrogant staff. Surprisingly waiter and manager both are least concerned about customer service. Would not recommend this place to anyone

1 Thank Dattatraya N
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

A must visit if you are in Goa. Their signature dish, the Chicken Cafreal is the best that you will find anywhere in Goa. We liked the place so much that we had lunch there for 3 consecutive days! Other recommendations are Prawns masala and Fried fish. Fish curry is for those who like coconut based cuisine. They serve very... More 

Thank Masher16
Mysuru (Mysore), India
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140 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016 via mobile

This is one of one of the kind place in northern Goa if one wants to try out some crazy Goan food here, they have some special recipes which you may not find otherwise in Goa, located in area one may find it difficult without local help

Thank CMJ303

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
Indian, Seafood, Asian, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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
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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