Paqueno Morod, Chogm Road, Behind Saligao Church, Near AHNC, Saligao – 403517
Located on Chogm road, Florentine is a popular hangout place. Look out for the signboard behind the Saligao Church and take the small, pot-holed road inside for a few metres to reach Florentine’s.
There are two sections: one is an outdoor, shack-style section and the other is a two-storeyed block. This Goan speciality restaurant is always brimming with locals as well as tourists, most of whom come here for their speciality dish Florentine Chicken Cafreal, chicken roasted in a spicy, green gravy. Polish it off with the local bread. Plates of Crumb-fried Mussel or Prawn also disappear fast from the shelf.
Other authentic Goan preparations here are Fish Curry Rice, Fish Recheado, Fish Vindaloo, Prawn Xacutti, Squid Masala, Shell-fish and Crab Xacutti, besides some excellent Fish Caldein, a greenish-orange fish stew inspired by the Portuguese influence on Goan cooking. The vegetarian section has limited offerings, which is a usual feature with most restaurants in Goa. Beef and pork dishes are a strict no-no. A few unremarkable Chinese items like Chicken Chilly Fry, Mushroom Chilly Fry, Chicken Fried Rice and Noodles, and desserts like Caramel Custard and ice-cream make up the rest of the menu. Though they do not serve any beef or pork dishes, visit Florentine’s for a robust Goan meal!Image Credits: Florentine, by Akshay Mahajan