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Galley Restaurant

Galley Restaurant
Written by Roma Publications

Galley Restaurant – A new addition to Islington

Galley Restaurant

Founded by brother and sister partnership Marcel Grzyb and Oriona Robb, Galley is a contemporary restaurant that boasts a combination of exciting cuisine, stunning interiors and a welcoming atmosphere. Located on Upper Street, Islington, the new restaurant offers a range of inspired dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients from land and sea.

The 70-cover restaurant is laid out on one floor, with the back of house facilities in the basement of the building. Presenting a Soho-like environment, the venue is inviting and evocative dictated by the existing deep footprint and richness of the interiors. A particular sense of a ‘convivial European café atmosphere’ is conveyed within the space.

Premier Hospitality caught up with Mika Burdett, Lead Designer at Burdett Associates, in order to discuss the recent developments with Galley.

According to Mika:
“The refurbishment project commenced in June 2015, and was finalised late January this year. The restaurant has recently launched so it is early days – however the feedback has been very positive so far.
“I worked extremely closely with the client to develop the brief; it was quite a challenge at the beginning to design the concept because it was their first restaurant. Therefore, I took Oriona’s vision and input from her brother (Marcel) – head chef – and his guild, as the guiding principles for the interior design. Marcel had been running a busy kitchen for 10 years so he knew what he wanted from the start.
“The very first change that we carried out was knocking down the wall to create the theatrical open kitchen which allows diners to sit and observe the chefs skilfully preparing and cooking the food. At the front of the restaurant, there is a bar serving innovative drinks and the classics.
“I wanted the interiors to be very rich in colour and pattern, abundant in fabrics, luxury furniture and detailing. The client’s character is reflected in the design of the restaurant, as it exudes style and sophistication with luxury fabrics and accessories.
“I also wanted to capture a bit of the vintage feel with the restaurant being in Islington – an area where a lot of antique dealing used to take place. Similarly I wanted to incorporate the design-led feel of Islington as I believe that many designers and artists visit the area. The feel of an artist’s studio is portrayed with artwork in the space and a sense of informality.
“My biggest challenge was defining the brief with the client. Getting it right with the client at the very beginning is something that is very important to me.”

Galley Restaurant

The delicious and modern menu consists of tasty dishes including hot and cold seafood platters, as well as small plates which include Hereford beef carpaccio, hand-dived in-shell Scottish scallops and cheddar and ham hock croquettes. Diners can also opt for large plates such as whole lemon sole, Scottish venison, Parmigiana di Melanzane and 10 oz British sirloin steak on the bone.

Appetising dishes also feature on the brunch menu at Galley, including silky chocolate pancakes, duck Benedict, and red mullet and soft shell crab brioche. The tempting dessert menu offers salted caramel tart served with an innovative green tea ice cream; lavender and raspberry crème crème brûlée, and a selection of cheeses.

To summarise, Mika said:
“I have been 100% involved in every aspect of the project – I did not come in and impose my ideas I worked collaboratively with the owners to achieve their vision, bringing together the concept, design and architecture from the very beginning. I hugely enjoyed this particular project and I’m proud to see the finished result.”

Detail Lighting

Founded in 2000, Detail Lighting specialise in the design and supply of LED lighting. The company is 100% driven by the needs of the project and showcases a great degree of experience in colour temperature, intensity, position, rendering and positioning of light sources on each and every scheme it is involved with.

Detail Lighting director, Piero De Marchis, has a wealth of experience in the industry, having been an active figure in the sector for more than twenty six years. Piero works alongside a dedicated team – comprising eleven people in total – all of whom bring their own vast knowledge and experience to the company. It is this collective range of expertise that has allowed Detail Lighting to grow safe in the knowledge the company can answer any queries or questions a potential client might have.

With premises in Bucks and a studio presentation space in Clerkenwell, Detail Lighting has built up a strong presence in London, which has added to the company’s steady, year-on-year growth. Should a client wish to see their products in action, Detail Lighting encourages them to come and view them in person – although the Detail Lighting brochure is a good starting point; with a range of products that can be adapted to meet a client’s specifications.

Over the past few months Detail Lighting has completed numerous significant projects, including works for estate agent Knight Frank and most recently bespoke lighting for new London-based restaurant, Galley. Working on Galley, Detail Lighting designed and supplied bespoke pendants, made to meet exact specifications.

Piero de Marchis, said:
“Detail Lighting is able to provide the whole project service; design, specification and supply. We achieve this with in-house engineers and field-based technical managers that can attend to site queries confidently, which is a bonus on entire projects. This complete lighting solution provides advantages even in the design stage where Detail would be involved.”
Piero added:
“We are adaptable, so we are able to engineer products to the exact dimensions that an architect requires. We can also deliver plated finishes and customisation in time and in budget.”

This year, Detail Lighting Ltd is releasing its new brochure, which showcases a completely new look and feel. The brochure is tailored towards designers and end users, with products categorised for use (task, ambient & outdoor living etc).

For more information about Detail Lighting, please call 01908 613256 or visit:

JNC Contractors Ltd

JNC Contractors Ltd specialises in refurbishment works, extensions and loft conversions for the construction industry. The company has been in operation for 45 years and within this time has worked for many prestigious clients, including The UK Atomic Energy Authority; Barnardos; various local authorities & charities; and numerous private clients.

Most recently, JNC Contractors Ltd has been involved in The Galley. Working on this project, JNC Contractors Ltd carried out enabling works, including the installation of structural steels.

Kay Shearing, JNC Contractors Ltd, said:
“The Galley restaurant is great for the local community, so we were pleased to be called in to work on such a fantastic project. We have worked with Neilson Projects for many years – a client who demands a high quality finish.”
Kay added:
“As a family run business we pride ourselves on our great customer care, both during the project and after. We listen to the client and pay attention to their requirements, advising if something doesn’t seem to be working right and listening to their concerns.
“If something goes wrong, which can quite easily happen on a working project, we work through it with the customer to ensure that when we finally finish the project they are 100% happy with the finished product.”

Neilson Projects

Neilson Projects is a construction and development consultancy practice, advising clients and investors on all aspects of their property requirements, with services including purchase and leasing of premises; planning and design; construction and fit-out works. Neilson Projects cover all property sectors, from office, retail shop fit-outs, conversion and new-build residential schemes, to bar and restaurant fit-outs.

Established in 1989, Neilson is a privately owned family company, proud to promote its original values of close client relationships and personal service. This remains relevant when dealing with large multinational companies turning over £200 million a year, or start-up restaurateurs making the brave leap into the world of professional dining. The key aspect is always to understand clients as individuals and tailor services accordingly.

Team at Galley Restaurant instructed Neilson Projects Director, Oliver Neilson to project manage the construction works and new fit-out package. Oliver was given a wide brief to effectively deal with all property matters to deliver the owners restaurant concept. This began with coordinating the structural, interior design and mechanical and electrical packages, and tendering these works to 3 contractors to obtain competitive prices for the owners of Galley.

Once the strip-out and enabling contractors were appointed, substantial structural works took place to open-up the internal walls in the premises to achieve the open-kitchen concept. Next was the fit-out works, where Oliver worked closely to oversee the fit-out contractors and interior designer to deliver the owners restaurant concept.

Like all restaurant projects, the time constraints were extremely tight, which further exacerbated the all-encompassing nature of the role. As part of the project management, Oliver also dealt with the party wall awards, building control matters, and all health and safety requirements during and after construction. As a side role, Oliver’s building surveying team were brought in to diagnose issues with the roof on behalf of the freeholder, and oversee extensive remedial works to the accommodation above the restaurant.

Oliver Neilson of Neilson Projects, said:
“This was a fantastic project to work on, and there were many reasons to be involved. Initially the design concept, the stunning interiors package, and the high quality fit-out planned by the owners was reason enough push for my involvement. Professionally this was a complex role, where all aspects of project management were required. The time constraints of the project required all the designers, suppliers and contractors to be working flat-out, and so coordination of the team was a constantly evolving beast! Whilst challenging at times, these are the exciting projects that I want to be involved in, and you only have to see the completed restaurant and the exemplary finish to understand the satisfaction to take way from the project.
“On a personal level, I live close by to Islington, and am also a huge foodie. I believe Galley Restaurant is a class above the anything else in the N1 dining scene both in design and the gastronomic experience, and I’m really proud to be a part of this new venture.”

Oliver added:
“We pride ourselves on sticking to our original values, of close client relationships and a tailored service – something which was hugely evident in the Galley project. High quality design and finish is our focus going forward, and I’m pleased to say our client base has the same focus.”

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