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With 10 years as head chef of Randall & Aubin under his belt, Polish-born Marcel Grzyb is bringing his fish-led cookery to Islington’s bar-restaurant scene. His sister Oriona Robb, in collaboration with designer Mika Burdett, is behind the eclectic interior (green velvet banquettes, Moroccan tiles, vintage rugs) that provides an apt backdrop for the all-day menu of globally inspired small and large plates. A meal might start with a colourful tower of yellowfin tuna tartare, stacked with soft mango and avocado and drizzled with sticky teriyaki; or smoky-rich octopus and chorizo a la plancha. Mains span the ocean, from John Dory with saffron mussel sauce to a majestic-looking lobster pappardelle. We plumped for sea bass, which arrived emanating truffle-laced aromas atop plump gnocchi, bobbing in a moreish broth of wild mushrooms. Scottish venison provides a worthwhile meaty alternative. An enticing brunch list (duck Benedict, perhaps), prettily presented puddings (creamy pannacotta arrives with a scattering of honeycomb, flowers and sour blackberries) and a sound selection of Old and New World wines (though more options by the glass are needed) add to Galley’s appeal. At the front, a compact bar serves cocktails both traditional and contemporary; here, French windows opening on to Upper Street should ensure summertime crowds.
Enjoy a choice of main & half Carafe of wine for £18 per person.
Available: 01 February 2017
Max: 6 people
Expires: 30 April 2017
Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.
I rarely visit new restaurants within a week of opening. I’m never in a mad rush to be first; I tend to plan my diary in advance – I’m not a short notice kind of girl; new places don’t always cross my radar until they’ve already built up quite a buzz. But Galley restaurant and bar caught my eye amongst the flutter of press releases into my Inbox and as soon as I read the menu, I put my hand up to accept an invitation to review. After a soft launch weekend, it opened officially on Tuesday 2nd and we visited the same Friday.In a prime location on Islington’s Upper Street, not far from Angel tube station, Galley...
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Going for a bit of a low-key birthday celebration this year, the girls and I had dinner at Galley in Islington, founded by brother and sister team Marcel Grzyb and Oriona Robb. The menu at Galley is described as contemporary in nature, taking inspiration from seasonal ingredients and international cooking styles and flavours. I&m never quite sure how to interpret or define &contemporary& - which is probably the same issue I have when trying to describe to non-dancers about contemporary dance, but I digress... So, moving on to the food. There were various types of seatings in the restaurant, including...
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Going for a bit of a low-key birthday celebration this year, the girls and I had dinner at Galley in Islington, founded by brother and sister team Marcel Grzyb and Oriona Robb. The menu at Galley is described as contemporary in nature, taking inspiration from seasonal ingredients and international cooking styles and flavours. I&m never quite sure how to interpret or define &contemporary& - which is probably the same issue I have when trying to describe to non-dancers about contemporary dance, but I digress... So, moving on to the food.
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Galley is a stylish venue for private events such as birthdays, anniversaries, cocktail parties, weddings and press launches. Open-plan throughout, the front of the restaurant is particularly suitable for drinks and canapés with doors that open out onto the terrace. To the rear of the restaurant, there is an intimate space which can be reserved separately.
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