Galley, a new seventy-cover, contemporary restaurant and bar specialising in small and large international plates with a strong focus on fresh fish opens today in the heart of Islington.

Galley is the brainchild of siblings Oriona Robb and Marcel Grzyb and it’s should be astunning looking place. 

Marcel, 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.

The Galley interior combines open plan elegance mixed with vintage cool. The open kitchen and bar features Moroccan style tiles and there’s a Carrara marble worktop that sweeps the full length of the kitchen. Vintage cool is proposed throughout with resin flooring, antique mirrors, Bauhaus pendant lights, dark green velvet banquette seating, vintage rugs, and an artwork wall made up of 50 hand picked pieces of art.

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. 

Small plates to start things off include Hand dived in-shell Scottish scallops, carrot, cardamom purée and toasted hazelnuts, Yellowfin tuna tartare, mango, avocado, wasabi nori crisps, teriyaki or Hereford beef carpaccio, wild mushrooms, beef jelly, pistachio and smoked garlic pesto. There is also a good selection of oysters and two seafood platters, one hot, one cold.

Large plates include Brixham John Dory, spinach, romanesco, cauliflower purée, saffron & mussel sauce, Lobster pappardelle, heritage tomatoes, Jerusalem artichokes or Scottish venison, smoked potato puree, braised cabbage and thyme gravy.

For dessert 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.

105-106 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN.