Review: Galvin La Chapelle

“Somewhere where you can lose yourself in divine cuisine that doesn’t cost the earth”

Galvin La Chapelle
9/10
In my about section I describe my relationship with food and this restaurant sums that up completely. There’s something about this place that keeps luring me back and I’ve never quite been able to put my finger on it. I think it’s probably because this is the first restaurant I ever went to that had a Michelin Star (oooh sparkly) and for that, it held some kind of sacred temple of worship for me so I’ve been back a good few times now. Oh no, what a deep, deep shame… 😉
Galvin La Chapelle

The Location

Galvin La Chapelle is a fancy restaurant but it’s not pretentious. It’s tucked away in the City of London around the little shops of Spitalfields. It’s an incredibly impressive building with an amazing ceiling vaults and pillars – it’s pretty spectacular. The restaurant is next to a little pub/bar area which feels like a totally different place. It’s cozy and reminds me of a little lodge in some kind of ski resort where you can settle down with a cup of mulled wine and watch the snowflakes trickle down the window panes.

The restaurant area however is ever so clean cut and the food matches the high-end location perfectly. The tasting menu here is filling, incredibly generous and personally very well priced for the quality of food you are receiving. Of course the menu varies and if you want to indulge then you can but it’ll only cost more but the tasting menu is creative, often changes and gives you a couple of hours to relax, eat and be merry!

The Food

To start I had my favourite: the Lasagne of Crab which was incredible. It was little but perfectly in proportion and tasted like a little airy egg mousse rather than a pasta dish but it blew my mind. It was little but boy did it pack a punch. What is it that they say? Good things come in small packages – oh yes they do!

For my main I had one of the best fish dishes I’ve had in a long while – Grilled fillets of seabream, pomme purée and a scallop velouté and what a powerful dish this was. The fish melted in my mouth and matched with the delicate pomme purée and the sweetness of the scallop velouté I was in food heaven. I was with my boyfriend, Mark and we were celebrating our first anniversary together and whilst you usually can’t shut the pair of us up – this was the meal that meant our anniversary lacked in almost all conversation and instead replaced with more ‘umms’ and ‘ahhs’ as we tucked into our dishes with big grins on our faces. This was Mark’s first visit to a Michelin Star and whilst he’d usually be happy with a tasty pizza from Prezzo – it was plain to see that indulging in his roast chateaubriand of Cumbrian beef, truffle pomme mousseline, bone marrow & artichokes you can see why our conversation was lacking.

For dessert I had black forest gâteau & cherry sorbet. I don’t really need to say anything else. For those that know me, in a restaurant if there is calamari, mac and cheese or anything cherry related on a menu – I’m getting it. This dessert didn’t disappoint and I could simply die happy just eating that. The cherry sorbet was sweet and bitter at the same time and really complimented the sharpness of the gâteau.

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Overall

“A slice of heaven”

It’s fairly obvious to see why this is such a celebrated restaurant and if you are looking to go somewhere as a treat then I couldn’t recommend this little place enough. It’s somewhere that you discover, enjoy and leave with a smile on your face. It’s everything you could ever want in a restaurant and the cocktails are also sublime!
 

Address

Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
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