Absolutely The Place To Eat!
The Saatchi Gallery on Duke of York’s Square, Kings Road, is one of the most rewarding art destinations in London. A visit to its stunning restaurant, Gallery Mess, satisfies the parts that art alone cannot reach.
Fans of this hip, informal restaurant often pop in for a mid-morning coffee and newspaper browse, but lunch there is in another league. The food is contemporary in concept but avoids gimmicks. It is consistently fresh, tasty and imaginative. Each dish is presented with originality and attention to detail and served with enthusiasm. On a recent visit we were welcomed by Gallery Mess’s attentive manager, Gregg Forte, and served by the delightful Rafaela.
The whole place was buzzing, as we settled down to enjoy delicious starters of watermelon, mozzarella, vine tomatoes and rocket or delectable little ball shaped fish cakes, packed with moist salmon in a crisp coating. Mains include dishes such as chicken with pomegranate and generous serving of quinoa, pumpkin ravioli with sage butter and some hearty mainstays – steak or fish based – given a new twist. Puddings on the lines of chocolate honeycomb with raspberry coulis, lemon and lime cheesecake and pear and blackberry crumble served with a silky salted caramel ice-cream are “to die for”! The wine list is comprehensive and reasonably priced as was the carefully selected menu.
Gallery Mess, is a light airy space with an impressive bar and generously spaced tables, immaculately dressed in white linen. The rough brickwork of the walls is offset by a lofty vaulted ceiling and eclectic contemporary paintings and art objects. Windows run the length of the room, affording wonderful views of the square and the outside terrace, which is the perfect watering hole for café society on sunny days.
Gallery Mess also offers afternoon tea (with a pick you up glass of champagne perhaps?) and early evening supper, with a special pre-theatre meal for £18. It is part of the Rhubarb group, which has a rightly earned reputation for the outstanding quality of its food and its well trained staff. One of its sister restaurants, the glamorous Bond and Brooke restaurant in Fenwicks has also been reviewed by Platform505.
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