Inside the long-established Myhotel off Tottenham Court Road, Gail's Kitchen is a little different to the upmarket bakery chain's usual offering, as across the hotel lobby is a first foray into the restaurant business.
Housed in what used to be the hotel’s bar, the interior at Gail’s Kitchen is bright and breezy. Ginger banquettes line one wall, salvaged wood tables and white wire-frame chairs punctuate the room. In pride of place by the counter bar is a display of rustic loaves and seeded cracker breads. A little plateful of these appears on your table,sliced up and served with oil and butter, it’s tempting to fill up on these before your dishes even arrive.
As you’d expect, bread plays a central role on the menu of small plates, which features dishes such as mackerel rillettes with toasted rye, or steak sandwiches with comté cheese. Our smoked prawns, served with a charred slice of caramelised garlic-pocked bread, came in the shell in an appealing pile, ready to be dunked into a pot of aioli.
Fresh from the pizza oven proudly on display in the open kitchen, the ‘white’ pizza took the form of an oblong of pillowy baked dough drizzled with plenty of quality olive oil and topped with rich burrata cheese, violet artichoke wedges, parma ham – and bread croutons for some added bite.
The light gruyère scones that accompanied a creamy bowl of seafood chowder were another demonstration of Gail’s impressive baking abilities. But the chefs are not just here to showcase the bake-off, as a well-executed dish of tender braised shin of beef with al dente pearl barley proved.
Although the small plates are a little on the pricey side (£10.50 for the seafood chowder, for example), friendly service and a simple but appealing menu add up to a winning formula.
|Venue name:||Gail's Kitchen||Contact:|
11-13 Bayley Street
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri Lunch 12pm - 3pm Dinner 5:30pm - 10pm Sat Brunch 10am - 3pm Dinner 5:30pm - 10pm Sun Brunch 10am - 4pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Tottenham Court Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £7-£9.50. Meal for two with drinks and service: around £60.|
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Average User Rating
3.5 / 5
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- 1 star:2
I've been to Gail's Kitchen a couple of times, as the location is perfect and suitable for all occasions - business lunches, friend dates, etc.
The Kitchen's menu is great, offering different healthy and very tasty options, such as the shakshuka and quinoa salad, which are part of a brunch menu available every day of the week.
Desserts are really good, especially fresh cookies and muffins from the bakery! And coffee can be served with almond milk (instead of cow or soya) which is great cause quite rare.
Only negative point is the service: managers and restaurant staff aren't very welcoming or friendly, the order can take a while to arrive as well as the bill.
So the food is great but ambiance is a bit cold! But Gail's is still a good central place.
I went for a quick lunch at the self-service part of this place. Staff were lovely, but a ham and cheese sandwich was a complete disgrace. Very good bread, as you would expect, but two slices of industrial-quality ham and a few fragments of nondescript cheddar do not justify a price tag of £5.50. Especially as 'toasting' barely warmed the cheese, let alone melt it. I hope the restaurant is better. Would never go back to the café.
Great bread, great innovation for the breakfast menu. coffee just right to start the day. the most relaxing atmosphere.
Coffee is great but not after waiting 15mins for it. The layout of food is beautiful, but you have no idea where to stand, where to order without getting in everyone's way. I'll find another place.