What: The Gallery
In a nutshell: Glitzy new restaurant hits South Woodford's High Road
Summing it all up: With a Ramsay trained chef in the kitchen, hopes are high for this new restaurant taking over where The Woodford used to be.
Two years ago, a new restaurant in South Woodford did the impossible. It lured the late AA Gill out of his central London comfort zone to the wilds of North East London to review a restaurant. He ended up loving chef Ben Murphy's food and gave the place a fabulous write-up.
But even with that luck and being awarded Evening Standard London restaurant of the year award couldn't keep The Woodford from administration and now over a year later it's being reopened as a glitzy - their word - restaurant called The Gallery.
The key thing you need to know is that the new owners are also putting an interesting chef in the kitchen. This time it's Head Chef, Dave Rann, who trained under Gordon Ramsay and Gary Rhodes and was most recently at The Juniper Tree in Belsize Park.
Dave's menu is described as comprising modern British and grilled foods, so expect dishes like:
- Hand dived Celtic scallops with a wild mushroom duxelle, iberico ham and truffle mornay
- Beef tartare with nduja emulsion, hens yolk and mini brioche
- Perl Las Blue double baked souffle with radicchio, endive & pickled apple with truffle oil
There'll also be a range of burgers and steaks coming off the Josper grill and sides include an intriguing dish of smoked mash.
It sounds like a lively place - there's going to be a Westworld-style self-playing grand piano on the ground floor and DJs playing on the first floor. And if you want to book it for a bash, there's going to be a chef’s table for four and a private dining room with space for 16 too.
More about The Gallery
Where is it? 159 High Rd, London E18 2PA
When does it open? 27 November 2018
How to book : Call 020 8505 7676
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