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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
+91 832 227 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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Mandrem, India
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely smashing food 🥘 The chicken 🍗 creole is to die for. Speedy service, local atmosphere and pocket friendly prices make this place a perfect 👌 option for large groups. Reservations are a must in the evening!

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Thank Justo B
Goa, India
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I must say that Florentine has maintained their quality and taste with the Caferial- you would find it anywhere else than at Florentine with their unique recipe. be ware of the extra gravy as it is very spicy- if you can handle, it than go for it. Mussels are a al time favourite and good sized portions are always available... More 

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Chicago
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

Our second time here and bit was great as usual. The chicken cafreal is great! My absolute favorite Goan dish. Would also recommend the fish curry, fried prawns, masala fish and goan bread.

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Thank AbGom567
Pudsey, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Having visited here several times over the past 18 years my holiday is never complete unless I've visited the Florentine. After visiting friends in Saligoa we decided to have dinner here as it was close and for some of our party it was their first visit to Goa but also their last night before moving on. We all ordered drinks... More 

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Thank eleanors609
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Loved the rava fried fis h..cafreal was amazing..kid friendly menu as well as all rava fried food is non spicy

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Thank KAvray
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Has been here four years ago The place has undergone some dramatic changes Service as usual is very very quick We also got good suggestions from the staff Feels very warm and authentic We had Breezer Blue Riband and Red Wine coupled with the most famous chicken Cafreal and off course lovely prawns fried rice Veg preparations were all very... More 

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Thank Uday S
mangalore
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

we went to florentine as i had been there a few years ago and remembered my good experience there. but this time we were sadly disappointed. i think they have used their fame to hike up their rates and reduce the portions. chonak masala fry of 2 regular pieces at Rs 350 was too expensive and even the preparation was... More 

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Thank amarmallyau
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Nothing fancy but tasty food. Ordered vegetarian and chicken fry's portions and home made variation of creme caramel which all was very tasty and for European standards cheap. Atmosphere was similar to lunch places but service was quick and friendly. Many locals seem to visit here and not that many tourists.

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Thank Jarmo N
Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

If you are a foodie and love to try different cuisines, then Florentine offers the best of Goan cuisine. We went here for lunch based on the reviews and it was awesome! Chiecken cafreal and custard were the yummiest and are a must try dishes. Rightly priced, decent meal quantities with a hint of Portuguese spices makes it perfect!

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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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