Strolling down upper street from a date at The Sampler, and up, and down again, we finally decided on Galley as for our spontaneous dinner out.
All started well with a garnished G&T and selection of Oysters, three sweet Carlingfords from Ireland and three salty Menais from Wales.
It’s time to talk about this trend for eating whilst watching the kitchen. The likes of Kitchen Table and Aulis easily pull it off, they are dining experiences designed to be interactive. Other settings present a more voyeuristic scenario that make me wonder how I’d feel if customers watched my excel wizardry from a meter away. Would love to know if there are performance arts prerequisites in a modern chef’s job spec.
For mains, I had a rather delicious pan roasted cornish cod with wilted spinach, celeriac, mussels and shrimps in a shellfish velouté. The fish was cooked beautifully; crispy skin and flaky meat. The strong flavours of the shellfish velouté were as you would expect from a decent bisque although a little heavy on the cream for my taste.MD had equally well cooked roasted cornish monkfish with chive crushed new potatoes and caramelised cauliflower in a light curry sauce. Not sure what it says about my culinary development but I will always associate curry fish with the Netherlands (in a good way). Overall a great local find and would definitely return for a spot of seafood and chef-watching.