Galley, an exciting, new seventy-cover, contemporary restaurant and bar specialising in small and large international plates with a strong focus on fresh fish has recently opened in the heart of Islington. The brainchild of siblings Oriona Robb (one of London’s most respected stylists) and Marcel Grzyb, Oriona’s creative credentials are noticaeable in the interior design of Galley which make it an aesthetically pleasing dining space with a stunning bar – combining open plan elegance with vintage cool. Marcel, her brother, initially a self taught chef, has 18 years’ experience of preparing and cooking fish and seafood at one of London’s most famous fish restaurants, Soho’s Randall & Aubin, he was the Head chef for 10 of those years.
Polish born and bred, Marcel takes his inspiration for his launch menu at Galley from the cooking styles and flavours of North Africa, Asia, South America and Europe, his love of creative cooking, expertise in fish and his eye for detail is evident when glancing over this exceptional list of dishes.
The comprehensive menu has so many delicious offerings, we decide to focus on the fish (after all it’s the speciality) and order the hot seafood platter (also available as cold option), a divine combination of fish, lobster, soft shell crab, clams, mussels and succulent buttery prawns – that literally melt in your mouth. We also order artisan bread to start which arrives in a cute brown paper bag and is served with butter and mackerel pate and a selection of small plates; Hereford beef carpaccio, wild mushrooms, beef jelly, pistachio and smoked garlic pesto, (interesting flavours that are complemented beautifully with the crunch of pistachio’s) Yellowfin tuna tartare, mango, avocado, wasabi nori crisps, teriyaki (our favourite), burrata and beetroot topped with pine nuts. Other dishes we wish we could fit in include hand dived in-shell Scottish scallops, carrot, cardamom purée and toasted hazelnuts, and the hand-picked Cornish crab but we can always go back for those!
Full of fishy goodness, for dessert we settle on a creamy cocktail called ‘coco popping’ and dessert wine and order a side of green tea ice cream though the Salted caramel tart, green tea ice-cream, chilli & hazelnut praline, White chocolate panna cotta, passion fruit, honeycomb and blackberries or Amaretto and Verona chocolate fondant, cherry compote, mascarpone ice cream all sounded heavenly.
The food, especially the fish offerings at Galley are creative and the fusion of flavours really unique. The presentation of all dishes is top notch and the service is fabulous. We can’t wait to go back and try all that we couldn’t fit in this time around…
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