Five days after dining at the Michelin-starred restaurant Galvin La Chapelle I keep dreaming back to what I ate from the menu that evening. Even my taste buds remember the combination of perfectly balanced flavours of that perfectly presented food. It was completely divine, especially with the wine pairings suggested by the very knowledgeable sommelier that complemented each dish superbly. If I close my eyes I can visualise all the dishes and taste each gorgeous mouthful. From start to finish it was just perfect.
The starters were a masterpiece of flavour and colour. A miniature beetroot salad was followed by a rare melt-in-the-mouth Chateaubriand steak. Galvin La Chapelle wouldn’t be a French restaurant without an amazing cheese board and they certainly know their stuff. Soft and hard cheeses are carefully arranged in order of strength so as not to confuse your palate and are accompanied by gorgeous crackers, grapes and celery. The selection of cheeses is beautiful and truly French. Lucie and I prefer cheese before dessert and I was so pleased to still have room afterwards for dessert, especially for what I was about to experience.
Thank goodness I didn’t abstain from the pudding. Oh my word! Galvin La Chapelle’s signature dessert is an Apple Tarte Tatin with Normandy crème Fraiche. The apples are delicate and juicy and sit on a layer of sweet and perfect pastry. The balance between the soft apple and crunch of the pastry with a little crème Fraiche is heaven on a plate. With the cheese flavours still lingering on the palate, this is the perfect finish. There are no words available that describe how magnificent this was.
The service throughout the evening was absolutely wonderful – engaging, informative and huge passion from everyone we came into contact with. The restaurant itself is set in a wonderful old school building that has been masterfully designed to create a perfect space that manages to combine warmth and intimacy.
Galvin La Chapelle is located on 35 Spital Square in London, E1 6DY. This restaurant is part of a set of seven owned by two British brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin who were both employed in several Michelin starred restaurants including the Wolseley and Marco Pierre White’s Oak Room respectively.
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