The Galley is the most versatile restaurant in town
There’s something very unique about The Gallery in Palmerston North.
When you dine there you can also visit their picture framing gallery and, when you have a special print framed, you can also celebrate the occasion with coffee and a meal.
Restaurant and Picture Framing Gallery manager Shannon Van Uffelen knows of many occasions when a client arrives to have their framing done and goes on to have lunch with a friend.
Then again there quite the opposite can occur on other occasions.
A customer who arrives for a coffee and a light meal leaves with a painting tucked under their arm.
‘‘We place emphasis on catering for all customer requirements,’’ Shannon says.
The Gallery can be a bustling restaurant during the morning and over lunch but it also makes a point of also providing peace and quiet for those customers who want a reflective time or a space to carry out business.
‘‘We have tables and chairs near the framing gallery which provide privacy.
‘‘In this designated area individuals or groups can come together for social occasions or talk business or simply spend time catching up with contacts via their laptop or smart phone,’’ Shannon says.
‘‘A restaurant needs to be all things to all people and we are configured to provide that distinctive service,’’ she says.
‘‘We have busy customers who like to pre-order coffee which is ready for them when they arrive and others who enjoy our atmosphere for a leisurely lunch or dinner.’’
Shannon says it’s important that people know they can call into The Gallery not just for the quality cuisine but that they also realise they can spend part of the day there for a range of purposes.
The Gallery is a popular meeting place for many of its clients where they can enjoy a delicious lunch and a glass of wine.
The seafood pasta and Thai beef salad are favourites with diners while, at night, the pan fried parmesan crusted lamb cutlets with wild mushroom lamb jus are succulent and sought-after.
Another signature evening dish is the duck breast with kumara and ginger puree and a pork shitake mushroom cigar.
Looking ahead The Gallery is already accepting bookings for Christmas functions and offers an array of set menus and finger food options to suit all budgets and requirements.
Shannon recommends that people planning a Christmas function, or a function to celebrate any special occasion, should book early so they get the right date and the right time.
The Gallery, on the corner of Church Street and Princess Street, is open from Tuesday through to Sunday.
On Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday, its hours are 9.30-3pm and, on Thursday to Saturday, from 9.30 to late. It is fully licensed or BYO.
To make a booking phone 06-357-3944.
Watch out for The Gallery’s new spring/summer menu.
The Gallery’s Head Chef, Hamish Hyslop and Maitre d Tamsin Van Uffelen.