Our visit to Galitos involved a lot of chicken and surprisingly a good amount of chocolate too. A South African franchise, initially with a branch in Abu Dhabi, Galitos has spread its wings (pun intended) and recently opened up in Bay Square, Dubai. Admittedly brands sometimes get lost in translation when traveling out of their home countries but since we’d never eaten at a halaal Galitos in South Africa, we had nothing to compare it to so our lunch was untainted by any previous tastings.
The space is itself is vibrant and welcoming and since it was the entire table of five eating out this time, we chose a comfy booth to sit at.The space itself is vibrant and welcoming and since it was the entire table of five eating out this time, we chose a comfy booth to sit at.
Flamed chicken wings and peri chicken livers were ordered as starters, and kids meals for the two younger members of our family.
The chicken wings were not overly saucy which was fine because they tasted good and were still juicy.
The livers we all enjoyed which is unusual because I’m not a fan of chicken livers. I’ll eat it though, as I did when I was younger, but it’s one of the few things that is Not on my favourite list. This dish however, has made me change my mind. I still don’t like the flavour of chicken livers on their own but the sweet yet spicy sauce that these were in was so delicious, that eaten with the livers, they disguised the taste that I’m not so fond of. Will I have it again? Definitely.
As for the kids meals, it’s refreshing to see something different on the menu for a change. We ordered the burgerizza with fries, a pizza – style open burger with chicken and cheese, and a slightly sweet taste to it. Both kids gave this the thumbs up. Probably a bit too much bread but an improvement on the usual nuggets and burgers that are foisted upon us at most places.
While the food arrived quickly, the service was a bit slow in terms of getting the waiter’s attention at the beginning of our meal. For our mains, we had a quarter chicken extra hot, for my husband who likes to live dangerously through his grilled chicken, an espetada combo of prawns and chicken or combotada with grilled veg and sweet potato fries, and a beef boerewors special, that consisted of two South African style sausages, grilled onions, garlicky sautéed green beans, mash potatoes and sweet chakalaka. The sausages were good, as was the chakalaka topped mash, which I ate most of. The chakalaka was a taste of home, sweet and spicy, though thankfully not as fiery as the usual version is.
I tasted a tiny bit of my husband’s chicken braving a mouth on fire and it was good. Not the best grilled chicken I’ve ever had but tasty.
The combotada had succulent pieces of chicken and prawns and I enjoyed the sweet potato fries and vegetables. I would have appreciated more sauce and seasoning on the chicken and seafood though.
Time for the best of the part of the meal, dessert! The very sweet manager who served us our mains, brought three out of the four desserts on the menu for us to taste. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much from the desserts before I realized that they’re made by Bloomsbury and so of course they were good! Better than good actually, they were divine.
The sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream was soaked with sauce, sweet enough and sublime. The chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream lasted long enough for me to get a spoonful or two before my children annihilated it. It was gooey, chocolatey and more-ish and this was all that was leftover of both desserts.
The double chocolate cake was rich, fudgy and really good but we couldn’t finish it after the other two desserts.
Thanks to the manager, Mr Ragavendhra and to Maunika (who helped us for the second part of our meal), for the friendly service. I’ll be back, but next time I may start with dessert.