Florentine is famous for it’s Chicken Cafrael! Plump drumsticks and breasts rubbed with marinade deep down to the bones and pan fried to a simmering sizzle, leaving it crackling crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. Its an old Goan recipe, African in origin and has made this little village restaurant in Saligao famous among Goans the world over.
Florentine – How to Get There
Finding Florentine shouldn’t be a problem as it is near the beach belt and is constantly frequented by tourists. It lies just alongside the Saligao – Calangute road, while you are following the Chogm road from Panjim towards Calangute beach you will pass it on the right just after the Mae de Deus Church; just be alert.
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Ambiance at Florentine
Don’t be fooled by the not-so-tasteful ambience (haphazard tables clumped with chairs and dotted with tourists) or the unpretentious presentation when your Cafreal arrives at the table. Be assured it is going to blow your mind.
Food Served at Florentine
Florentine serves a lot of different dishes but they are particularly known for their Chicken Cafreal. The tender meat falls off the bone at the slightest touch and oozes delicious juices and that famous marinade. The local Goan bread; pav or poi is sent as an accompaniment to mop it all up; its a combination of rustic, grainy bread and spicy gravy made only in heaven.
Make sure you wash this down with a glass or few of Kaju Feni and Limca!
Florentine is closed on Mondays but open for the rest of the week so don’t forget to stop by after your Sunday trip to the beach.