We visited the Gallery Café not because we had heard about it in Cape Town or online, but because the Prince Albert locals said we had to. It’s a local favourite and for good reason. The food is adventurous without being fussy, the ingredients interesting and largely local, and the feel comfortably smart without being overly chic.
Starters include a roasted red pepper and tomato soup and a duck liver pâté. A third option of springbok and ostrich carpaccio was good, but to be honest telling the difference between one form of smoked game and another is very tricky. It’s still tasty, but I struggled to tell big bird from bokkie.
A further starter of 'Adam’s figs with gorgonzola' was delicious, consisting of dried fig which had been partially rehydrated, which gave them the sugar kick of dried fruit but a pliable nature to create a tasty mouthful with the cheese.
For mains, the pork fillet wrapped around a stuffing of ginger, apple and sage was well executed, even if it was overshadowed by the wonderful wildebeest with a merlot, thyme and venison sauce. Further mains include the ubiquitous Karoo lamb shank; a duck, port and black cherry pie; roast tarragon chicken and arugula; walnut and pesto spaghetti; and a chickpea, sweet potato and dhal curry.
They clearly take great pride in their desserts, with an overwhelming, top-notch selection that includes honey ice cream and an Amarula crème brûlée. All the cream and ice creams are sourced from the famed Gay’s Guernsey Dairy at the entrance to the town.
A comprehensive list of local wines.
Henriette, a former SABC radio journalist who packed her belongings in a Volksie bus years ago to travel the country, eventually stopped in Prince Albert and made it her home. She runs the front of house of Gallery Café with a calm, sassy ease.
The space has a quiet and relaxed, gallery-like feel, with each table getting on with the restful enjoyment of their meal.
This is a gallery also, so the artworks on the walls are for sale.
Ponder on future art purchases while enjoying the lovely food. How wonderful it is to walk up a creaky staircase amidst wonderful artworks,
leaving the freezing evening at the door, to arrive at a white-clothed dinner table with the most wonderful aromas wafting through the restaurant. The well-priced menu offers great value for money and hearty helpings make the heart glad. Highlights: pork and pear starter; oxtail and lamb curry; and saucy malva pudding. (EO mag 2014)
Fresh, homemade fare abounds on the small menu. Satisfying starters like baked gorgonzola-stuffed figs with Parma ham, and a velvety duck-liver pâté topped with a thin layer of Soet Karoo dessert wine jelly, are featured. Noteworthy main courses include a tender apple, sage and ginger filled pork fillet and an achingly delicious fall-off-the-bone Karoo lamb shank.
Excellent tipples from Klein Karoo and Cape Town estates, including some very decent by-the-glass options.
On the ball, giving loads of personal attention even on days when all the tables are full.
With its location on the top floor of the Prince Albert Gallery, there’s certainly no lack of visual stimulation at this elegant restaurant.
This place is pretty popular, so bookings are a must over weekends and holidays. (AK, October 2011)
We had the pleasure of dining at the Gallery restaurant on 3 evenings during our recent visit to Prince Albert.Brent the owner is passionate about his business and this is reflected in the food and service provided - quite superb.His back up team in the kitchen in addition to Henrietta and Martin out front also need to be applauded as they make up a fantastic team.
Monday Special: get a crumbed chicken strips basket with onion rings and chips for R25
Wednesday Special: get a burger and chips, onion rings and soda, juice or SAB beer for R30
Friday Special: get a Botswana Beef Fillet Sandwich with chips and onion rings, as well as a SAB beer or rock shandy for R45