The new kid on the block
Eat: Brazilian Street Food – 24hr Marinated Chicken, Rump Steak Burgers
Drink: Caipirinhas, Acai Smoothies, Guarana
Feel: Rhythm of the Rio Carnival
*Apologies now for dragging you through our attempts at speaking Portuguese.
A: Back in May, Dean Street welcomed a new South American resident Galeto to a street flowing with French, Italian and Asian neighbours. Not to be confused with the Italian ice-cream gelato, you can’t miss Galeto for its eye popping rainbow shade out front and the graffiti style wallpapers inside.
L: Shout outs to the amazing Fabricia, who recommended the starters Coxinha de Frango and Bolinhos de Bacalhau. To simply put it to those not familiar with Portuguese, they’re comparable to a fish cake and chicken cake. But I mean no disrespect to the Coxinha and Bolinhos, they were much crispier and less greasy – baked to a golden crisp whilst remaining soft and rich in the centre. They arrived in triplets with a basket of sauces to tweak to your taste – I can’t be the only one who likes to garnish foods with blobs of ketchup/mayo?
Keeping it real.
The 3 elderly gentlemen sat by the entrance pretty much summed up the colourful vibe of the restaurant – enjoying a tapas inspired lunch on a sunny afternoon, laughing and cheering completely immersed in their conversations.
A: I thought our little starter plates reminded me of dim sum or pinchos (little snacks eaten in Spain). Fabricia steered us away from the chicken heart, I have faith in her, and onto Galeto – the main signature dish – 24hr marinated half chicken with a choice of three dipping sauces and chips. I chose the hot and spicy coriander sauce to drizzle over the tender chicken falling off the bones. Belo. Is it possible to ever do wrong with chicken?
Acai Smoothie £2.25
Coxinha de Frango £3.00
Bollinhos de Bacalhau £4.00
We felt it was absolute value for money and were surprised the service charge wasn’t included, so you decide. Don’t be a complete arse hole.
One regret, we secretly wanted to join the three men on their table and hear about their life stories.
To wrap it all up, beautiful.