Galante Glamour

March 15, 2015

A much needed drink for Luxy and I after an especially trying Friday the 13th - coincidentally, for both of us it was about two different big companies trying to intimidate us into Twitter silence (hello, heard of Article 10 - Freedom of Speech, Human Rights Act?).

Spark and tinder of a social media revolution aside, a proper catch up over nosh and fizz with my favourite conservative was long overdue. I haven't seen this one since before my South East Asia travels, and she's doing a Posh, Broke, & Bored next Thursday to bugger off Down Under for a month (to be fair I'm also leaving for Kuala Lumpur the same day but only for ten days) so drinks were in order, naturally. 

The setting was Galante on Sloane Avenue. Inspired by Santiago 'Pinchín', the most distinguished bartender in Argentine history renowned for his inimitable style that earned him the name ‘El Barman Galante', the art-deco influenced bar (part of Gaucho Group) evokes the dazzling cocktail era of Buenos Aires, updating old-school glamour with contemporary sophistication. I've read Luxy's review about their delicious 1930's and '40s cocktails, and their steak sandwich - which she enthused as 'the best I've ever had' - and chuckled at her fascination at Galante's glittery floor (a girl after my own heart!), so as a Shoreditch girl I was excited to see this shiny Chelsea establishment.

Shiny is the word for Galante, alright...

...glittery bar counter...

...glittery floor...

...glittery ambience, oh wait, that's just bokeh. Everything through my eyes (or lens) takes on a glow not unlike the 'rose-tinted view' of a woman who only sees the beautiful side of life. This is what the world looks like, according to me.

We started with cocktails; a Passional for Luxy, and a Bon Voyage for me - appropriate as this was evening was all about us wishing each other safe travels and happy holidays!

My Sidra Cobbler and my Bon Voyage. The Bon Voyage was tasty enough - the grapefruit juice added a nice tart twist to the sweetness of the vanilla liqueur and the pomegranate syrup. The Sidra Cobbler was just perfect for a sweet-toothed-kidult like me - elderflower liqueur shaken with fresh apple and pear juice, and a dash of grapefruit bitters served over crushed ice and topped with sweet cider. It was all so fruit and f-f-f-fresh to death I could almost delude myself into thinking it was one of my five-a-day.

Ravenous as I am for make the trek to South Kensington from Shoreditch, I ordered some nibbles from the carta de copetines (that's snack menu to you and I). 

Ceviche platter - freshly poached lobster with avocado, chilli and lemon served in a coconut sauce, and finest yellowfin tuna with julienned apples, coriander and ginger in a sesame & soy dressing. Oh-so-good...I could eat a whole plate of this.

Incredibly moreish Torrontès lobster empanadas - with lemon thyme, finished off with a white truffle and parmesan cream and wrapped in a crispy puff pastry - I need more of this. Now.

The best steak sandwich according to Luxy, and I must say I can see why - the Lancashire cheddar, tomato chutney, malbec mustard mayonnaise and a fried quails egg served in a delightfully thick yet flaky seeded ciabatta was a perfect parcel; flavourful, tender, and moist. Who knew such a modest snack could elicit such muffled, bread-stuffed moans from my fat little mouth? There goes my attempt at vegetarianism...

...finished off with Alfajores - classic Argentine chocolate pudding with a dulce de leche and coconut centre. 

Prior to Galante, my knowledge of Argentinean cuisine was limited to steak (and such good steak!). My verdict? If Galante is anything to go by, then I definitely will be crying for Argentina - tears of longing and serious food lust, that is. "The truth is, I'll never leave you..."

Cocktails are £10.50 - £11 and 'carta de copetines' are £5- £10. Luxy and I were invited to review Galante and our food and drinks were complimentary, but that has no sway over my ever-honest opinion on the establishment. The lobster empanadas however, now that's another story - those puffs have a hold on me, I fear my soul belongs to them now...

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  1. It all looks amazing and your photography is literally stunning! You're so talented!

    Rebecca Coco

    1. Thank you Rebecca! I've been making more of an effort with my photography - I brought my DLSR and three lenses out to Galante! - so I'm glad you've noticed :) x

  2. Well this looks like somewhere I absolutely have to go! Everything looks stunning in your photographs (which are ace, by the way) and I love the way you write :) The Alfajores I think I need, right now. Sounds divine!

    little miss fii || Fii x

    1. Thank you Fii! I'm glad my effort to bring my DSLR and lenses to Galante didn't go unnoticed. And YES you must try the Alfajores - AND the lobster puffs! x

  3. I love Galante, would be such a wonderful date spot! Can't believe I've only just discovered your blog. Everything is so pretty! Meryl x

    1. Thank you Meryl! Stick around the blog, I promise more pretty photos! x

  4. Ah love this!! Thank you for coming with me, so glad we got our catch up before we both jet off again! I knew you'd love it as much as I do!

    C x | Lux Life

    1. Thank YOU for being awesome and the best dinner date ;) x

  5. This looks great - I'll add it to my list of places to go! Loving the photos too!

    Lauren xx

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  7. Looks great! I will have to stop by sometime!

  8. I love all the glitter. Everything just looks so beautiful, I'm like a magpie being drawn in by shiny things! ;)

  9. As a fan of all things shiny, they won me over with their glittery bar top & floors. How cool!!

    :] // ▲ ▲

  10. thank you for your comments. so glad you did, im loving your blog girl.