The House of Coco gang can’t resist the latest cool pop up, street food market or bizarre Japanese treat – but sometimes you’ve got to remember the classics: beautifully prepared, elegantly presented French food – the jazz to modern day rock’n’roll – and who else to pique our appetite for the very finest of haute cuisine, than Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows?!
We felt every inch the Russian oligarch, or Madmen-styled kingpin of advertising, arriving at The Park Lane Hilton and ascending (alarmingly quickly!) to the 28th floor. When we arrived, the buzz of the bar was electric, and the welcome was warm – a perfect start to a stunning evening!
The restaurant itself oozes the glamour of the 1930s, but our eyes weren’t so much drawn to the gorgeous couples and elegant groups – in haute couture – who were dining around us, rather to the stunning views over London – it’s rare that you get a chance to take in all the city’s iconic sights: from the skyscrapers of the City and Canary Wharf, to the London Eye, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium, all lit up like fireflies from our spot on top of the world!
Chef Patron Chris Galvin and Head Chef Joo Won create seasonally inspired menus based around modern French haute cuisine. We feasted on the most divine and abundant Seared Scottish Scallops which sat atop a silken white onion purée, sea vegetables and a punchy shellfish bisque; the main of Roasted cutlet of Iberico pork came with ‘crispy pig’s head’ which was next-level delicious, despite its name! Polishing it all off with cheese and port, as well as a delicate Pear Tarte Tatin, we were in (crispy?!) pig’s heaven!
Not only did each of the courses transcend all expectations, and the view have us swoon anew with our home city, it was the beautifully trained, expertly knowledgable and warm and welcoming staff that left us with an evening that will be remembered for a lifetime, and an experience that we will be repeating for every special occasion to come!