Saturday, 16 July 2016

The Gallery, Barry, steak night restaurant review

Since I last visited The Gallery in Barry things have gone from strength to strength for this charming little independent restaurant. This year they were named Wales' Good Food Guide Readers’ Restaurant of the Year and they’ve also won Welsh Sustainable Restaurant of the Year for three years on the trot.

They've also started opening on Wednesday for steak night where for 50 quid you get 2 steaks, 2 portions of chips, 2 sauces, 2 flavoured butters, 2 wedge salads and a bottle of wine.

This, is a bit of a bargain. 

There’s no hiding the quality of their steaks which are sourced locally from Farmers Pantry in Llantwit Major - you can take your pick from a display which includes a mix of 28 day and 40 day aged cuts. 

To start, a crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce was the receptacle for a light Caesar dressing topped with shavings of savoury parmesan and plump briny anchovies. 

Mrs G enjoyed a potent blue cheese dressing with red grapes providing a counterpoint to the savoury cheese. 

A word of mention must go to the bottle of Los Picos Merlot included with the meal. It was seriously quaffable, in fact so much so that we ordered an extra bottle. 

An extra side of tender chicken wings (£2.50) had a crisp crumb and were served with a pot of tangy barbecue sauce. They were good but I'd have preferred it if the wings were served un-crumbed and coated in the sticky sauce. 

Onto the main event and it did not disappoint one jot.

A huge, juicy, tender 26oz Chateubriand (£9 supplement) for two was cooked a perfect rare. A couple of knobs of maple-smoked butter added an extra dimension to the already flavour-packed piece of meat. 

Everything surrounding the cow was on the nail too.

Hyper-crisp and grease-free onion rings; crisp, soft and slightly meaty chips; a fragrant thyme roast tomato; a portobello mushroom; a ramekin of silky bearnaise twanged with tarragon and a jug of warming peppercorn sauce spiked with brandy. 

We also ordered a basket of truffled polenta chips (£2.50) for the table. Super crunchy with shavings of umami-rich cheese and the right level of fungal twang, they were off the hook. 

By this point we were completely and utterly stuffed. In fact, I left an onion ring - the horror. We then ordered dessert.

Keeping it simple, The Gallery only offer one pudding on Wednesdays, the chef’s special sundae (£5). It changes every week and on this occasion it was white chocolate and berry. 

It was an absolute beauty, combining creamy white chocolate ice cream, fresh blackberries and strawberries, strawberry coulis, sweet golden biscuit crumbs and a thin shard of caramel. 

Steak night at The Gallery is excellent - there’s certainly not (m)any other places where you can get such a good steak and sides for two including wine for £50.

The Details:

Address - The Gallery, 2 Broad Street Barry, Wales CF62 7AA
Telephone - 01446735300

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