Set in a Grade II listed former Victorian school chapel in the heart of London, this Michelin star restaurant is part of the Galvin brothers’ collection. Galvin La Chapelle is truly a destination restaurant not often mentioned on the London circuit, but it’s a hidden gem.
The cathedral-like setting is what makes this restaurant stand out. The high ceilings revealing the roof joists, the circular lighting, the heavy drapery, the tall marble pillars creating enclaves and even a mezzanine level over the bar area just exudes contemporary style and a discreet glamour.
We went for the 5 course tasting menu and weren’t disappointed.
Salad of tomatoes lightly salted (the saltiness made it all the more luscious), grilled watermelon with ham.
Pot roast chicken, herb gnocchi, sweetcorn puree and hazelnut vinaigrette. This was tasty but a little on the sweet side.
Brillat-Savarin (a soft white cheese from Burgundy), mache salad and crispy baguette (more like a delicate wafer) – incredibly creamy and oh-so-rich!
Strawberry Eton Mess – a sweet and delicious end to a great meal.
Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais (hot emulsified butter sauce) and peashoots – outstanding to say the least. Delicate and very fresh, it was served as the 2nd Course.
Although the service was good, it was rather slow.
(Galvin La Chapelle, 35 Spital Square, London E1; Tel +44-20-72990400)
By Diane Bilimoria, London