Galvin La Chapelle

“Very stylish French cooking in a jaw-dropping space.” - AA Inspector

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LONDON E1, LONDON POSTAL DISTRICTS

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This Grade II listed building might look like an old church, but it began life as the gymnasium in a Victorian school. Usefully located close to Liverpool Street Station, everything about La Chapelle, from the curvaceous leather seats to the soaringly high arched and beamed ceiling, makes this is a properly stunning location. With its sophisticated, almost masculine feel, it is the perfect setting for the spot-on classical French cooking. Food is taken seriously here, and service is reassuringly charming, knowledgeable and attentive. The wine list is a mighty, French-led affair, and there’s a champagne trolley if you’re in the mood for fizz. Menus range from à la carte (featuring Galvin classics) through five- and seven-course tasting options, and there are both vegan and vegetarian menus too, as well as a set lunch that’s really rather reasonable for the location and standard of cooking. They’re open for Sunday lunch, too, should you have a hankering for Suffolk crackling porchetta followed by (what else) tarte Tatin. If you’re after something more elegant you might begin with a beautifully balanced starter of Dorset crab raviolo, served with a delicate dashi beurre blanc and braised fennel topped with Primeur Baerii caviar, perhaps, or you might plump for Orkney scallops & sea bass ballotine with oyster emulsion, crispy guanciale and kimchi dressing. Beautiful Landes white asparagus comes with miso, yolk, aged parmesan and ox tongue. Main courses run from Herdwick lamb, teamed with wild garlic fregola, artichoke barigoule and caperberries, to Saffron risotto with Sicilian prawns crudo, veal sweetbread, preserved lemon, or Cornish cod with a courgette flower in escabèche, Taggiasca olive and mussel mouclade. Desserts are equally delightful – perhaps a baba, with Gariguette strawberry, espelette Chantilly and Alexander granita, or a delightfully light pineapple soufflé, with cucumber, thyme infused gin and caramelized white chocolate.

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3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
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Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square, LONDON, E1 6DY

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 110
  • Private dining available
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 24–26 December and 1 January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 271
  • Wines by the glass: 21
  • Cuisine style: French, European
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

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