The Gal­ley is the most ver­sa­tile restau­rant in town

The Tribune (NZ) - - SAVOUR -

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.

SUP­PLIED

The Gallery’s Head Chef, Hamish Hys­lop and Maitre d Tamsin Van Uf­fe­len.

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