Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Galvin La Chapelle

Jazzy Sunday lunch

Slow cooked duck egg, broad beans and smoked duck

Out of all the Galvin restaurants in London, Galvin La Chapelle is my personal favourite of mine. Beside its Michelin star status, I really enjoy the beautiful decor, built within a former chapel, its interior has such a classic glamour feel to it without being dated. Plus the cooking here are generally pretty strong no matter if you go for the tasting menu or the set menuOn Sunday, the restaurant offer a set menu with relaxing jazz music playing in the background, not a bad way to kick off a lazy Sunday. The menu itself is more or less the same as the weekday lunch menu, with a few more choices to add.

Mackerel tartare, avocado, soy
Slow cooked pork belly, padron peppers, mango
Roast rump of beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes
& glazed carrots

To start, I had the slow cooked pork belly which contained mango, chutney and a sweet and salty Asian glaze, so it appears the kitchen is not afraid to explore worldwide flavours. The flavours combination worked well as it had a good balance of fruity and savoury tones, my tiny issue would be the pork as it was a touch dry. Hard to ignore a Sunday roast on a Sunday, so I went for the roast rump of beef, it was seasoned finely and was very moist, showing the restaurant is using some fine well-aged beef. Everything on the plate was cooked wonderfully, and those roast potatoes had a golden crispy edge and a soft buttery, almost melting texture on the inside.

Seared Mediterranean fillet of sea bream
Roast tranche of calves liver
Chocolate fondant

The Sunday lunch menu at Galvin La Chapelle was a fabulous Sunday experience, besides the well executed cooking, the portion sizes were well above your average French restaurant, we all went home struggling to walk properly! The service level was also solid, just what you would expect from a high end French restaurant. If you really wanted to take it to the next level however, do try out its tasting menu. Which contained some very special signature dishes, such as the lasagne of Dorset crab and tagine of bresse pigeon, king of all the Galvin restaurants. To sum it up, Galvin La Chapelle was the top of all the Galvin restaurants and one of the finest French restaurants that The City had to offer. 

Food 3.5/5

What I paid: 

£65 per head with wine

Average cost without drinks and services:

Sunday lunch menu: £34.5
Tasting menu: £75

35 Spital Square, London, E1 6DY


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