Quirky Filipino restaurant in the Khalidiyah Mall 9 Reviews
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
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