We always enjoy visiting Topsham and over the years we’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve stopped to read the menu displayed in the window of The Galley. Having heard nothing but praise for this popular seafood restaurant, we were determined to try the food for ourselves. So, together with our foodie friends, we booked a table early December to start our Christmas feasting early…
Upon stepping through the door, I was struck immediately by the relaxed, cosy atmosphere. The Galley’s rustic charm blends seamlessly with its more contemporary elements and there is a clear attention to detail in its interior design. With our drink orders taken, we were brought a selection of homemade breads and olives, together with a delicious smoked sea salt butter.
For starters, three of us chose the Hand Picked Cornish Crab: a lime dressed crab with brown crabmeat & a chilli and miso emulsion. I must admit, these are some of my favourite flavours and all together on one plate it was delightful. All three of us were in agreement that that this was a very tasty course indeed.
Not one to follow the crowd, one of our diners opted for the Brixham Scallops with Caramelised Cauliflower Puree spiced Caramel, Braised Pork Belly & Pork Puffs. This was another successful dish; the sweet and salty caramelised pork was delicious and the scallops were meaty and clearly fresh. So far, so good. The Galley was certainly proving its reputation for great seafood with these two brilliant dishes.
For mains, us ladies chose the Curry Spiced Monkfish with, King Prawn, Carrot Purée, Cumin Pickled Carrot with Steamed Greens, and tomato Aioli. The monkfish had just the right amount of spice and soft carrot puree together with the juicy prawns added a nice sweetness to the whole dish.
The gentlemen on the other hand chose The Creedy Carver Duck Breast with Dauphinoise Potato, Festive Spiced Red Cabbage, Bacon, Sprouts, Chestnuts and Fig Jus. If the sound of all those wonderful ingredients don’t get your taste buds going then I’m not sure what would! The duck was perfectly cooked, the greens were tender and the whole dish contained just enough spice to get us in the christmasy mood.
Overall, The Galley proved to be just as good as we had been led to believe. The staff are attentive and the food is excellent. So if you’ve pondered over trying this quaint restaurant in Topsham don’t walk past – book a table and try it for yourself -you won’t be disappointed!