Goto King

Quirky Filipino restaurant in the Khalidiyah Mall Reviews

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Unless you happen to hail from the Philippines or have friends from the tropical isles you might well be clueless as to what Filipino cuisine actually is. The best way to think of it is as a simplified version of other Oriental cuisines – plenty of rice, noodles, soy sauce and deep-fried meats, served up in mammoth portions. If you think this sounds appealing, but don’t fancy braving one of the many backstreet diners in Abu Dhabi, then the mall-based Goto King is an easy entry into the world of Filipino food.

The restaurant takes its name from goto, a traditional dish that’s essentially rice porridge mixed with pieces of beef offal, garlic and, somewhat randomly it seems, a complete boiled egg bobbing away in the gloop. To be honest, we’re not sure why the restaurant would boast to be the king of this uninspiring dish, as it was bland and stodgy, although it was, thankfully, the low point of an otherwise decent meal.

So don’t waste precious stomach space on this, instead order the chicken pansit, a hearty bowl of fried chicken and noodles. Apparently, this dish is traditionally served on Filipinos’ birthdays, as it is supposed to promote long life. Its calorific content means this claim flies in the face of medical evidence, but the warming concoction sure is tasty.

Also, don’t miss out on the chicken sisig, a sizzling bowl of minced chicken that comes with an egg yolk on top, which you then stir into the spicy medley. While the beef tapsilong, which consisted of a pile of seriously deep-fried beef, a pile of rice, and, once again, a whole egg – this time fried – was also top notch.

The quirkiness of the meal is matched by the decor, with row upon row of love-heart shaped chairs facing giant TVs blaring out madcap Filipino game shows. So should you fancy a simple, robust and gratifying meal, why not give Goto King a whirl?

The bill (for two)

Regular goto Dhs28
Chicken sisig Dhs30
Beef tapsilog Dhs25
Chicken pansit Dhs28
Two pineapple drinks Dhs40
Total (excluding service) Dhs151

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
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Details

  • Location: Al Khalidiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 658 1114
  • Travel: Khalidiyah Street

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Dio on 11 May ' 13 at 11:42
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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Been twice, for once for sushi and once for lunch. Sushi is very very disappointing, you can get a lot better in Lulu or Carrefour, not to mention any other restaurant i tried so far in Abu Dhabi. Other food is also not very impressive. If you compare with same level peers the advantage is that you don't have to from paper plates.

Posted by: Aude on 27 Nov ' 12 at 10:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We went for a sushi buffet offer we bought on Groupon. We were very dispapointed. The sushi are not tasty at all and there is not a lot of choice available.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is messy and it looks more like a canteen than a nice retaurant ! I will not go again. There are much better places for sushi in Abu Dhabi

Posted by: Lara Mohamd on 09 Nov ' 12 at 13:25
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Linda on 19 Jul ' 12 at 10:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

im very disappointed about the value of food...

Posted by: Wali on 17 Jun ' 12 at 04:10
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Worst Restaurant i have been to. Cant get any worse!!!!

Posted by: Omar on 25 Mar ' 12 at 03:24
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

very nice and cozy. i really like the atmosphere and very spacious

Posted by: Mariam El Bsir on 15 Sep ' 11 at 05:16
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Service is really good. Could use some lowering of prices.

Posted by: Laurence Camley on 08 Feb ' 11 at 07:40
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is OK. But the service is very good.

Posted by: Laurence Camley on 08 Feb ' 11 at 07:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The food is OK. But the service is very good.

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