Posted 18th December 2012
A mish-mash of marvel, “The Galli” is a curios bar combining local art, music, home cooking and good drinks – all under one roof.
Becci has eaten there several times before, I had the pleasure of eating at The Gallimaufry for the first time just a few weeks ago. As the temperature dropped we were in need of some serious comfort food. In search for some home cooked goodness to feel our stomachs and our souls!
The menu changes regularly and makes the most of local and seasonal ingredients. Local suppliers include Burtons go Bananas, Ruby and Whites, Edible Futures, Source Cafe and Phil Bowditch Fish.
For our main courses I opted for pork belly with potatoes and black pudding. The meat was cooked marvellously, the black pudding flavoursome and the jus it was served in was beautifully rich. Just what I needed to warm my spirits.
Food here is well cooked and well presented. The menu is creative and you get some wonderfully elegant meals for an extremely modest price making The Galli the perfect place to enjoy great food with friends.
The décor is – interesting if nothing else! A selection of work from a variety of local artists adorns the walls of this curios bar. From the weird to the wonderful. It adds to a wonderful relaxed atmosphere which is warm and welcoming.
Within six months of opening, these guys scooped the accolade of Best Newcomer in the Bristol Good Food Awards – something which was definitely deserved as it really is mighty fine fare. For those who haven’t tried it yet, I urge you to do so. For those that have – you wont need me to convince you to return.
Becci says: Here, here! This post has been a long time coming. I have fallen in love with the Galli for a number of reasons. The food is bang on and much more than you would expect for the money – no surprise considering head chef and co-founder John Watson cut his teeth at some of Bristol’s greatest, including the Kenny and the michelin starred Casamia. The menu is simple, but creative, and they really make use of lesser used cuts of meat, meaning they can keep prices down – most mains are not much more than a tenner and wouldn’t look out of place on the menu at some of Bristol’s higher end restaurants. There is some serious technique and skill that goes into all the dishes here, and it doesn’t go unnoticed.
The atmosphere is also special. Laid back downstairs, but upstairs in the restaurant feels more private and a great place to enjoy the food in a bit more peace than downstairs. But I also love it because at the weekend you can go and chill out in the day with one of their smashing breakfasts, before returning in the evening for a good old boogie. The Djs here are ace and the drinks are really reasonable too. The Galli is an all-rounder and has something for everyone, get on down there!
26-28 The Promenade, Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AL
0117 942 7319