Gululu is a firm favourite of both locals and visitors alike. Located in Spinola Bay, dine al fresco as you watch the world go by. Brightly lit, retro adverts adorn the distressed walls and shabby chic furnishings are set against graphic floor tiles. The upper level veranda looks over a bustling bay while splendidly colourful Maltese fishing boats adorn the rear entrance. Enthusiastic staff are keen to impart their ethos behind sticking to traditional recipes. Photographs of the St. Julian’s feast’s ‘greasy pole’ contest bring an element of fun to the decor.
Gululu’s menu is extensive and covers and array of dishes all with a traditional Maltese flair. Mizè and starters feature a selection of dips served with ‘ galletti’ (water crackers) and crusty Maltese bread. The deep fried sheep’s cheeselet, served with homemade tomato chutney or the tender octopus and squid marinated in olive oil with fresh mint, marjoram and black olives and the typical grilled pork and dried coriander Maltese sausage are favourites. The flavours of filleted seabass baked with fresh fennel, spring onions, capers and lemon zest or the juicy chicken thighs pot-roasted with leeks, Cisk (Maltese) beer, honey, rosemary, thyme and black olives are mouth watering. Baked potatoes with onions and fennel seeds are a great accompaniment. The traditional Maltese pizza with roast garlic, potatoes, caramelized onions, green peppers, fresh tomatoes, rosemary and mozzarella is renowned. The wine list is strong on indigenous blends from acclaimed producers. Gululu has corner the market for diners seeking an authentic local culinary experience.