Gallery Mess is owned by the Saatchi Gallery and is literally right next to the gallery in Chelsea. It’s funny as much as I have visited the gallery I have never been to Gallery Mess for something to eat. With their brand new Sunday brunch menu launching it was the perfect excuse for a visit.
From the outside the restaurant is built into the Saatchi Gallery brick wall and has beautiful flowers positioned outside. Inside there is more of those blooms and of course the art. Gallery Mess is full of arty neon signs that you can’t help but notice and love. We had a table reserved in the perfect spot, that was nicely out of the way of the busier bar area and was all set ready for two very hungry customers. Gallery Mess brunch menu is definitely varied and quite extensive compared to others. You can opt for a more traditional eggy breakfast or try something bigger like a Sunday roast and of course there are plenty of desserts.
We started off with some pretty giant olives and a drink each. Danny chose a glass of red and I ventured into a passionfruit martini, which is one of my favourite drinks and this is definitely one of the best I’d tasted. It tasted really fruity rather than that syrup taste you can sometimes get. As we enjoyed our drinks and decided on our mains, I of course went for the roast beef and Danny chose the BBQ pork belly in a brioche bun.
When both arrived I was very pleased, my roast beef came with a Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and a very large portion of veg on the side. The beef was really tender and tasted lovely, plus there was plenty of gravy – my pet peeve when there is never enough, so I was more than happy. Danny’s pork belly came with, I think it was crackling style pieces, they tasted amazing and I was stealing those for sure. The bun had caramelised onions, fennel and parsnip slaw. Danny isn’t a fan of fennel but it was subtle and went really well with the chinese spiced BBQ pork belly and sweet brioche bun. On the side he also had minted potatoes and this was a great lighter option than the usual chips you would expect to order, we were lucky as we were given the fries as well.
Dessert was an easy choice, apple crumble with honeycomb ice cream and a small jug of custard – of course it was delicious. It was actually really popular, with everyone around us ordering it as we were leaving. Plus I think I made a few people very jealous over on Instagram, being Sunday lunchtime. We finished our meal with a couple of fresh teas, the mint tea came with a pot of honey, perfect to help me fight this cold that is lingering.
The food was very enjoyable at Gallery Mess and the service faultless. It’s also just such a lovely setting. Definitely a lovely place to go for brunch and I recommend checking out the Saatchi gallery afterwards for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Brunch at Gallery Mess is available all day Sunday 10am-7pm, with bottomless Bloody mary, Prosecco & Champagne options available. To book visit www.saatchigallery.com.