Galito’s invited ‘Bring on the Chef In You’, to sample and taste their Menu and I was all excited. So one sunny afternoon, accompanied by two other foodies, who I knew would appreciate the Menu, we headed to the venue at Al Wahda Mall.
Galito’s saga began in 1996 in Mpumalanga city of Nelspruit, South Africa, when the first Galito’s restaurant opened its doors. Since then Galito’s has spread its wings to the rest of Africa, Canada and now also in the Middle East, which testifies the Galito’s Mission…to “Rule the Roost”. Abu Dhabi residents are a lucky bunch with 4 branches of Galitos @ Yas Mall, Marina Mall, Dalma Mall and Al Wahda Mall.
Galito’s is located on the second floor @ Al Wahda Mall extension. It is a nice location as you can shop till you drop at the Al Wahda Mall and then famished drop-in to savour all their goodies. The ambiance is nice and the seating is cosy. The Galito’s Mascot rooster is pre-dominantly placed.
Galito’s make their traditional marinade from all natural ingredients infused with select herbs and spices. The chicken is marinated for at least 24 hours until moist and tender and they are ready for the grill, thus ensuring a superb moist, tender and juicy chicken.
The blistering heat of the afternoon drained us completely; with temperatures soaring to 50 that fateful day; but a welcome drink got us back in the groove. We were served 3 refreshing mocktails, a Melon Teaser, a Kiwi Mojito and an Orange Laranja.
The Kiwi Mojito – was a unique fusion of Kiwis, Lemon and herbs and gave a real swing to the traditional mojito.
Then it was time for starters. We were in a quandary over what to order, but finally made our selection. It was Chicken Satay with a Nutty Dip and a Livers n Roll.
The Espetada came in two large skewers, one with soft tender marinated and grilled shrimps and the other was spectacular chicken pieces. The picture above does not do full justice to it. I was truly taken over by the authenticity in flavours and the freshness of ingredients. It came with two Side Dishes, crispy sweet potato fries and a Coleslaw. The Crispy Sweet Potato Fries were very unique and it really went very well with the Espetada. I must say without hesitation that the Espetada is indeed the best offering from Galito’s and one not to be missed.
We also ordered a Galito’s special Peri-peri Chicken; but as we were so stuffed we were unable to do full justice to it; look-wise it really was lovely. One of the foodies did mention that it was delightful.
We rested for a while, and we were very much tempted to go for a short shopping spree at Al Wahda Mall and then return to Desserts…he he. After a big break and when the starters and main course had settled a bit, we finally ordered our Desserts; but told the Server that we were not in a hurry and to take their own sweet time. The three of us engaged in exciting foodie-banter and soon came the Desserts. We decided to order three Desserts and equally divided them into three so that all of us could taste a bit of every things.
This is what we ordered.
Double Chocolate Fudge Cake…yummy and lip-smacking and a chocolate lovers dream.
In a nutshell, it was a fun tasting session. Galitos has a powerful combination of great tasting chicken, shrimps and mouthwatering desserts. Abu Dhabi residents are lucky to have 4 branches of Galito’s in Abu Dhabi………..so don’t wait any more…..South African Chicken at it best awaits you at Galito’s.
Our rating for Galito’s :
Ambience : 4/5
Food : 4/5
Value for Money : 3.5/5
Service : 4/5