The Galliard is a renowned name in Istanbul, where it proudly sits as one of the city’s chicest and most coveted eateries. Can the new (as of October 2018) Dubai outlet compare and compete with its older sister? Join The Huntr as we explore this Turkish gem and uncover the full Galliard Brasserie Dubai scoop, now…
Tucked away on the Lobby Level of the Address Hotel Downtown Dubai sits the opulent Galliard Brasserie Dubai. A beautiful, elegant eatery complete with marble tables and brass finishings, a lush Millennial Pink, deep crimson and aqua marine colour palette, Art Deco pendant lights and greenery.
A large open kitchen invites you to be a part of the culinary journey long before the food reaches your table and there’s also a delightful terrace facing the Burj Khalifa for shisha and drinks. There’s a DJ booth for party vibes, coffee and tea bar, licensed liquor bar and lots of different seating arrangements, ranging from intimate two-seaters to large tables for big groups.
The menu offers “contemporary Turkish fusion cuisine” with a sprinkling of Spanish and French influences. Almost every dish is perfect for sharing and many are presented in a theatrical and interactive manner, making this the perfect spot to celebrate a special occasion like a birthday, or to impress clients.
The Huntr’s evening started with a complimentary bread basket and seven-cheese dip. Next came the Cig Kofte (96AED) – raw meatballs with lettuce, caramelised lemon, thin bread crips and pomegranate molasses. The Tantuni (92AED) is not to be missed. Mixed and cooked live in front of us, this dish is comprised of beef tenderloin, lamb tail, onions, tomato, chiles de arbol, mustard, chives, sumac, arugula with balsamic sauce, and is served in a pita wrap. The Cig Borek (72AED) is a delicious nibble to share and features Turkish patty with minced beef in a pastry form, tomatoes and mango salsa, endive lettuce, and preserved walnut slices. Last but not least, the Truffles and Burrata ‘Kitlama’ (128AED) – truffles and burrata served on crispy baked pita bread, with amaranth micro greens, arugula, and a cream sauce with parmesan. Divine.
For the main event, we decided to share the Organic Whole Chicken (148AED), which was finished and carved right in front of the table. The rotisserie organic baby chicken is fried in butter and comes with sautéed baby potatoes and bell peppers. The skin was perfectly crispy and the meat was tender and moist. Do not miss it. It’s the perfect dish for two to share for dinner.
We completed one of the best meals we’ve had lately with two desserts – the Bombolonas (62AED), which is a traditional Italian fried donut filled with chocolate, hazel spread, powdered sugar, cinnamon and sweet warm wine on the side. Make sure you eat it straight away whilst its nice and hot. And the epic Cocosh (64AED), a coconut panna cotta, white chocolate mouse, crepe crisp.
Drinks-wise, the Galliard is fully licensed and offers a huge range of cocktails, wines, spirits, beers, coffees, teas, soft drinks and mocktails. We sampled the Lychee Dream (42AED) and Passioned Peach (42AED) mocktails and would recommend both.
After dinner we decided to go and relax in the outdoor lounge area with shisha (150AED) and an unrivalled view of the world’s tallest skyscraper. Perfection.
Insider tip: The Galliard is currently open daily from 4.30 pm until 3 am. When The Huntr visited the Galliard Brasserie it was still operating in soft launch phase, expect some menu changes and special events to happen as this new gem finds its feet. We will keep you posted.