O’Galito Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar is one of the new kids on the block at Pavilion Shopping Centre. Located in the busiest restaurant strip area of the shopping centre, this place has a buzzing feel to it. Equipped with an alfresco dining area and a large vibrant bar at the entrance, it attracts customers from all walks of life. Inside the décor is warm with earthy tones of brown, orange and red. There are more secluded dining sections too, suitable for quiet conversations or private parties.
Heading the kitchen is Chef Domenico Piras, who has an impressive resume. The chef of Italian and Spanish parentage received his culinary diploma at the age of 16 and was trained by Mauro Ernesto, one of the first chefs in Italy to earn a Michelin star. He has worked for an array of public figures such as the Ranieri Family of Monaco, the president of Kazakhstan and various Italian actors and celebrities.
The menu here is a mixture of Spanish, Italian, Greek and Portuguese food and Chef Piras insists on sourcing quality ingredients, which includes importing fine cheeses from Itaty, quality red meat from Australia and locally produced and sustainable vegetables. It’s not surprised that Chef also creates dishes out of the menu depending on the produce, so make sure to check with the staff for the specials.
For starter, try the “Berenjena”: Grilled Eggplant with a Homemade Tuna, Mayo and Capers sauce. The Eggplant is lightly grilled with some olive oil and the sauce is made fresh in the kitchen, with a balance of briny flavours from the fish and the tartness of capers. Topped with some chopped Kalamata Olives for that extra savoury note, this is a good dish to whet your appetite.
For the meat eaters, the Chili Con Carne with Nachos is rather addictive. The spicy stewed beef, cooked for hours, has a great depth of flavour, perfect to scoop up with the crispy Nachos. As it’s a little on the salty side, it’s perfect beer food.
O’Galito serves traditional Italian dishes which means Pizza and Pasta are on the menu. The pizza here may not be cooked in the Wood-Fired Oven, it’s still pretty tasty with thin, crispy crust, smearing of tomato puree, generous sprinkling of toppings of your choice and quality cheese. We tried one specially made with Shimeji Mushrooms, Artichokes, Turkey Ham and Mozzarella.
All pastas here are served wrapped in tin foil, which enables sealing of the flavours. If you love seafood, try the Linguine Seafood which comes with al dente pasta, perfectly tender calamari, prawns, mussels and more. The tangy tomato sauce is infused with herbs, and the taste of the ocean. It’s hard not to reach for more.
The main dishes include the Grilled Salmon with Baked Rosemary Potatoes, Crunchy Asparagus and Mustard sauce. The salmon is cooked to medium well and comes with delicious crispy skin; it’s a simple dish with clean flavours and plenty of nutrients. A nourishing dish for sure.
The dessert selection is small but features classics like Tiramisu and Panna Cotta. Crème Brulee here is done to textbook description with the just-formed Vanilla custard, and the crunchy caramel layer, a sweet ending to the meal.
O’Galito might be the new kid, but with its tasty and fresh offerings, it packs plenty of potential to beat the fierce competitors around it. The menu is set to change every few months, which enables Chef Piras to channel his creativity and imagination. The service does need a little prompting at times, but the staff are friendly and polite. It’s worthy of a visit the next time you’re on a shopping spree in Pavilion.
O’Galito Mediterranean Restaurant & Bar
C3-05-00 Connection Level 3
Pavilion Shopping Mall
Tel: 03-2141 0418