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Florentine Bar & Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road, Near Saligao Church | Behind Saligao Church, Near Ahnc, Saligao, Bardez 403511, India
+91 832 227 8122
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11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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105 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have eaten chicken cafreal in many restaurants but this one seemed the most authentic of all.. great taste, finger licking good, decent portion size and very reasonably priced.. They serve very little gravy with the dish so it is always a good idea to ask for more..

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Thank travellertrail6
Doha, Qatar
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recommended by our hotel. Florentines serves a good range of local Goan food. Frequented by the locals which must be a good recommendation in itself. Tucked away outside the town, but found it with Google maps.

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Thank Chris H
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The star of this place was it's chicken cafreal. The taste has gone down over the years. There is very little masala which is not quite good. The gravy taste just like masala water no taste.

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Thank Nyzel P
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

This is the first time I had local goan food . Goan Pao with chicken (cooked in goan style) . The food is just mind blowing . We ate so much but still the bill was so less . Loved the food and the place .

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Thank Baljeet C
Vasai, Maharashtra, India
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

The place we stayed id not have a restaurant and Florentine was very close to it, hence we ordered food from here. Must have is their Chicken Cafreal, which they are famous for. We also ordered some vegetarian dishes & Chinese food which were also pretty good.

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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 March 2017 via mobile

It was excelente . Staff and specially the caferal was better thrn the last time i visited . Other then that service was quick . Hot food . And i am surely coming back here with my whole family again. Long live florentine

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Thank Steve F
Panjim, India
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46 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

It's famous joint for the chicken cafreial you cant match up with taste nowhere else even sea food is amazing over here

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Thank Deepesh01031987
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Always satisfied.... Prawns rawa fry, Xenaneo rawa fry, chicken cafreal, feni! Great ambience with family always and today with my BIL family

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Thank Jorge D
Indore, India
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Only if you like really spicy food, visit this place. I knew caferel was spicy but a long time after the dinner we were reeling under the effect of the hot hot chicken!! Be careful!!

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Mandrem, India
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

We had planned to have lunch elsewhere, but the place was closed. Having heard tell of Florentine many times and being in the neighborhood, we decided to give it a try. How lucky for us! We took our seats at a table next to one of the high glass windows at the back of the dining room. Natural light and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2
Cuisine
Indian, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
Thursday
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 15:00
18:30 - 22:30
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: +91 832 227 8122
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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