Churrasqueira Galo: Roast Chicken in Paris
I’ve hesitated about sharing this place with you, but have finally succumbed. After all, everyone has a right to find a great roast chicken place. Especially one that’s incredibly affordable. And pretty delicious.
Churrasqueira Galo is a dive, a place where there’s always a lively cross section of residents of this transitioning quartier, including families out with the kids, Portuguese soccer players, and assorted dubious characters (like me) looking for a good, inexpensive meal.
And beware of going during the full-blast heat of the summer: last year we had to leave mid-meal because it was so stifling hot. When I asked the sweating owner, who was manning the fiery rôtisserie, why they didn’t get a fan, he told me: “They’re so expensive! A fan cost the same as a day’s earnings in Portugal.”
To add to the heat is a wonderful hot sauce they make in-house. You’ll want the recipe, but believe me, they won’t give it to you. I’ve tried.
I always get a bottle of Aveleda vinho verde which I love drinking, although I didn’t always. The first time I tasted this “green” wine, I was in a restaurant in Portugal and was put-off by the slight sparkle of the carafe of wine that was presented, and thinking the wine was off, I brought it to the attention of the waiter. Everyone at the surrounding tables erupted and told me that was normal, that the wine was meant to be that way.
And now? I love it and it’s one of my go-to summer wines because it’s light and refreshing. Plus it also has half the alcohol of other wine so you can drink more without getting into trouble. Which is especially important at a place filled with Portuguese soccer players and assorted other types.
I don’t think the menu changes and for about €10 you’ll get a half-chicken, French fries, a mound of rice, a little gesture of salad, and the fullest glass of red wine you’ll ever come across. This is not a fancy place by any means, but I’ve always had a good time there. And the price is right.
69, rue de Dunkerque (9th)
Tél: 01 48 74 49 40
(Open daily, 11am-11pm)