Today, the dining experience is being pushed unlike never before, from the immersive to the mulit-sensory. And while the familiar comfort of a good old Sunday roast never fails to disappoint, especially after a Saturday night bender, there is nothing like the grandeur of a meal in a place as breathtaking as Galvin La Chapelle. After all, what’s life without a little spectacle.
Galvin La Chapelle is the third restaurant of the famed Galvin brothers, who after prestigious stints at The Wolseley and L’Escargot – decided to team-up and go on a culinary journey together. Following the success of Galvin at Windows on Park Lane – the brothers have made their own culinary empire in the city, of which Galvin La Chapelle undeniably has to be the crown jewel.
And rightly so — because the space is more akin to an ornate historical site than that of a Liverpool Street restaurant. Located in a former grade II listed Victorian Chapel, Galvin La Chapelle is the very definition of grandiosity. The restaurant’s lofty ambitions are reflected in both its interiors and impeccable French bistro inspired menu. A menu that has accorded Jeff Galvin with their first Michelin Star, a year after opening the restaurant. An honour which they have proudly maintained to this day.
In its core, Galvin La Chapelle is a French restaurant. Serving some traditional brasserie dishes like seared foie gras and roast Chateaubriand, albeit with chef Jeff’s modern touches that elevate these dishes to an almost godly level of sensational. We highly recommend starting off with one of the restaurant’s signature dishes — the lasagne of Dorset crab with beurre Nantais and pea shoots. A light and delicate starter that packs a flavourful punch. Follow this with the “melt-in-your-mouth” milk fed loin of veal, accompanied by some sumptuous gnocchi and Girolle mushrooms. One bite of this dish and you will immediately understand why the Galvin brother’s culinary reputations have reached an almost mythical status in London and beyond. Have a peek at their wine list and let Alex Piombino and his team suggest some fabulous wine pairings to your meal? Galvin La Chapelle is one of the few restaurants in London who hold a vertical list of Hermitage La Chapelle wines. Including a £19,500 bottle of 1961 Hermitage La Chapelle, one of the twelve mythical wines of the twentieth century, straight from the famed Jaboulet cellars.
As good as your meal is going, we recommend saving some space for dessert — because they are, and this is by no means an exaggeration, absolutely life-changing. There’s been a lot of debate in the foodie world about which Galvin La Chapelle dessert reigns supreme. Is it the Apple Tarte Tartin, whose sweet and zesty flavours are perfectly balanced with a dollop of Normandy crème fraîche? Or maybe even the innovative buttermilk Pannacotta, with a paté de fruit & touch of basil? No matter your dessert preference, one thing is clear — and it is that Galvin La Chapelle spares no expense in providing you with an unimpeachable dining experience. We assure you, it will be a night you won’t soon forget.