Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery

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The Saatchi Gallery’s Mess holds no truck with ‘museum restaurant’ stereotypes or touristy clichés – although we think it’s more of a pit-stop than a destination. Inside, a long, swish bar leads down to two monochrome dining rooms with splashes of colour from artwork on the walls, while a “killer outdoor space” gives stunning views of manicured Duke of York Square. Yummy mummies congregate here for coffee, while art buffs take a culture break for a light lunch with a glass of wine. The menu delivers simple, honest flavours at fair prices: soused mackerel with kohlrabi and dill vinaigrette; Waldorf salad; BBQ pork belly with pumpkin purée, braised endive and cider jus; red pepper and goats’ cheese ravioli – plus steaks, burgers and desserts such as warm chocolate brownie with honeycomb and salted-caramel ice cream. Also worth a punt for afternoon tea and Sunday brunch.

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Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery
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Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery, King's Road ,London SW3 4LY

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Russian Roulette

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Dec 2014

We arrived to be told that they didn't have our reservation although i had booked on line a few days before. The explanation was that the person creating the handwritten list for the evening's bookings had for some reason not included ours (clearly a slick system operating here!). The main restaurant was full (Fri evening) so we had to sit at a table in the annex which was dark and practically empty with zero atmosphere. The apology was not particularly effusive and we were offered no compensation,...

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Duncan L.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 5
  • Value: 10

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Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery, King's Road ,London SW3 4LY

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Surprisingly good

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Dec 2013

Went there by chance and because reviews had been quite positive. The menu is quite simple with limited selection which initially made me wonder. But service was faultless and when the food arrived the quality was just very good. Simple – but good. Caesar salad was fresh and crispy. Panfried Pollock with Jerusalem artichokes just perfectly balanced in terms of taste and texture. Blackberry & apple crumble only so-so – not quite the positive surprise of the other two dishes. But will definitely return...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Gallery Mess at the Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery, King's Road ,London SW3 4LY

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Sep 2012

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You'd think calling a restaurant “Mess” would be an invitation to disaster. And adding the words “at the Saatchi Gallery” hardly likely to inspire more confidence. Fortunately you'd barely realise that the restaurant is in any way connected with next door's collection as the only clue is an occasional oversized “artwork”. Nor is there any reason to suppose the name is a reference to some sort of officer dining room or trendy deconstructed cuisine. Apart from the confusing name, everything about this...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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Saatchi Gallery, King's Road ,London SW3 4LY

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Feb 2012

I have just recently discovered the Gallery Mess and I was quite impressed. I just came in for a coffee and a quick bite and wasn't really planning to have a meal there. The look of food on the nearby table and general atmosphere of the place made me feel really at home and my friend and I ended up having a full meal including the chicken salad with quinoa & pomegranate and beer battered fish & chips . It was delicious! The food was fresh and well cooked. The iced chocolate fondant I had for desert...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 9

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Saatchi Gallery, King's Road ,London SW3 4LY

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Mar 2011

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Editor's pick Having often walked aimlessly down the Kings Road looking for something a bit more substantial to eat than Pret or EAT, i was pleasantly surprised at having stumbled across the Gallery mess at the Saatchi Gallery. They serve food from 12pm till close which was perfect for my Mum and I as we found ourselves hungry after wandering around the Saatchi Gallery at 4pm, normally an awkward in-between-lunch-and-dinner time. It has floor to ceiling glass windows that look out over Duke of York Square and...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 8
  • Value: 8

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