Whilst the restaurant and live music venue, located on Gloucester Road, has always been hip (singer George Ezra took residency there early in his career), the menu was always distinctly meaty.
However, the new plant-based eatery, called Suncraft, is a deliberate departure from the Galli’s current vibe. James Koch, co-owner of the bar, told Bristol 24/7, “We will never do another one of these. On every level, it’s so much hard work. It’s a conscious decision to do something completely different.”
We’re excited to announce that @SuncraftBristol – a new venture on glorious Gloucester Rd – is coming soon. We’ll serve freshly made bowls, wraps, salads & probiotic drinks. Influenced by forward thinking, health conscious food culture from around the world; 100% plant-based. Expected early September (39, Glos Road). Huge thanks to @gedpalmer at @theluminorsignco for the design ☀️ #Bristolfood
Suncraft will serve “great food that just happens to be dairy-free and meat-free,” a decision inspired by the Galli teams’ personal move towards a plant-based diet — Koch and several of his colleagues transitioned away from a heavily meat-based diet in recent years.
The Galli’s social media already showcases many of the team’s plant-based creations, including a vegan cherry, cashew and coconut tart, and paella with pepper, artichoke, olives, soy aioli and garlic flatbread.
Kane Danaher, the head chef, who previously worked at the Albion and Ivy in Clifton, also intends to create kombucha and other probiotic drinks. The new plant-based menu is set to focus on variety, health and, creativity, “influenced by forward thinking, health conscious food culture from around the world.” Vegan wraps, salads, and freshly made bowls were mentioned as example dishes in the Instagram announcement.
Koch also says of the new restaurant: “It’s going to be clean; it’s going to be tropical. We want to make it feel bright, uncluttered, open and warm.”
Suncraft is expected to open in early September.
Image credit: The Gallimaufry