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Superlatives continue to be heaped on the Galvin brothers’ grandly proportioned City flagship, as readers laud the ‘fabulous atmosphere’, ‘amazing food’ and ‘impeccable service’ – and we couldn’t agree more. Such wow factor comes at special-occasion prices, but La Chapelle’s affluent clientele are happy to bask in one of London’s most visually striking dining rooms with its soaring vaulted roof, arched windows, generously spaced tables and top-end finishes. Elegance is the watchword and the French accent is strong, although the kitchen isn’t bound by borders – witness warm smoked eel with caramelised pineapple, parsley and horseradish, an ‘incredibly delicate’ lasagne of Dorset crab with beurre nantais, Goosnargh duck with tarte fine of endive, beetroot and violet artichokes or even a plain-speaking dish of Cornish turbot with Jersey Royals and samphire. Tasting menus are the top shout,but fixed-priced deals are also compelling, as is the big-hitting French-accented wine list. Happily, the odd ‘over-salted disaster’ is far outweighed by a galaxy of ‘perfect evenings’.

WINE LIST OF THE YEAR

An excellent list, if a little wordy. Lovers of the Rhône will be delighted to see a truly inspiring selection of Jaboulet’s La Chapelle wines, but equally impressive is the work that has gone into to giving plenty of background on wine regions. In addition, the choice of 30 wines by the glass is extremely welcome, as is the ability to order wines by the ‘pot’ (250ml and 475ml).

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  1. Published : Sunday, 27 April 2014

    Frenchy love food :: GALVIN LA CHAPELLE

    Recently I went to the one-Michelin starred restaurant Galvin La Chapelle for my friends birthday. We both ordered the Menu Gourmand which included 7 courses. The restaurant looked very nice, I don't really know if it was an old Chapel some time in the past, but the decor felt like it. The table set up is quite traditional with white napkins and white tablecloths.
    Before the first dish, we were offered some white or brown bread. It wasn't the best I've had, I'm not even sure it was home-made.
    The first dish in this menu was a lasagne of Dorset crab, unfortunately my crab allergy doesn't allow me to eat this kind of dish, the team was very understanding and replaced my first dish with one of the dish from A La Carte menu : Cured organic salmon served with kohlrabi, avocado & blood orange. My salmon was nice but nothing special...
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  1. It doesn’t matter which side of the fence you sit on when it comes to the validity of the awards, if you get the opportunity to visit a Michelin starred restaurant, you get that little frizz of excitement. So when I booked a table at Galvin La Chapelle for lunch, I was rather enthusiastic to say the least.

    The restaurant is at the edge of the achingly-cool Spitalfields market and situated in an old Chapel which gives this – the third restaurant opened by the Brothers Galvin – a soaring roof and touches of sheer elegance. On arrival (having gotten a little lost as they also have a Brassiere attached), I was greeted warmly and then escorted to my table by the delightful servicing staff – really friendly but professional...
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  1. Published : Tuesday, 7 January 2014

    Samphire and Salsify :: Galvin La Chapelle

    Owned by the Galvin brothers, Galvin La Chapelle near Spitalfields Market has held its Michelin star for over two years. The brothers also own one starred Galvin at Windows on the 28th floor of the London Hilton hotel on Park Lane, so the pair have plenty of experience in classical French fine dining.

    We arrived at the restaurant and were taken aback by its enormity; the ceiling was ever so high. It had an old church feel to it with plenty of charm and character...
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  1. Ever since my first visit to Galvin La Chapelle three years ago, I have been a regular here. What is most amazing about this multiple award winning Michelin star restaurant in the 19th century grade II listed St. Botolph’s Hall, is its consistency, never failing from the standard which impressed me the first time around. And so, it isn’t very surprising that it was chosen as the venue for my roommate’s boyfriend to propose to her (among the short-listed competitors were Clos Maggiore and Oblix)...
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  1. Published : Wednesday, 12 June 2013

    The Lunch Club :: Galvin La Chapelle

    The dining room was very classy – clean, bright and classic. The ceiling is 30 ft high and the building is Grade II listed – and it shows. The menus are unashamedly French. The service is very well judged (at least our main waitress – more on that later)...I, as ever, was drawn to the crab. Dorset crab, served in a lasagne with buerre Nantais and pea shoots. This looked superb and tasted...
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  1. Due to it's proximity to my old office and one of our regular haunts, Spitalfields market, Galvin La Chapelle was one of our very first fine dining experiences when we celebrated our engagement a few years ago. We've also been to Cafe a Vin a number of times and have enjoyed some meals and snacks there. This Sunday we decided to return for lunch.Undoubtedly one of the best dining spaces in London, La Chapelle is a converted Victorian school chapel with a gorgeous wooden beamed roof, open bricked upper walls and on a bright morning provides a large well lit, airy space, with the sun beaming through the lovely arched windows, absolutely perfect for a spring lunch. La Chapelle has a reputation as a good family venue for Sunday lunch, and that was evident in the crowd on the day, a table of board games and toys was available for any children, along with a chicken and ice cream meal for £9.50. Also present were the Ray Rich Band, playing Jazz classics and modern songs, their loungecore cover of Daft Punk's Get Lucky was most amusing. Grazing on some of those shiny bright green olives and a glass of Pommery rose champagne, the initial idea that I was going to have the Sunday set lunch menu, was waylaid due to the a la carte menu being available, and I was able to try some of the dishes I missed on the previous visit.First course was a signature dish, Lasagne of Dorset Crab. The lasagne was crab mousse sandwiched in between wafer thin sheets of pasta, and this was served with a beurre nantais and pea shoots. The crab mousse was incredibly light and well flavoured, the beurre nantais having an excellent kick of lemon with the sweet shallots and garden fresh pea shoots providing another well matched dimension to the dish. This was a superb dish. My wife's starter was a dish of white asparagus, truffle, truffle mayonnaise, morels and a poached egg. The asparagus and morels were of good quality, with the truffle element being noticeable, another good starter. Accompanying the starter was a glass of 2011 Grüner Veltliner Selection, Weingut Rieden.My main was another signature dish, the Tagine of Bresse Pigeon, couscous, confit lemon and harissa sauce. It was presented a large black tagine dish, and featured two pigeon elements, the breast and a wrap of crispy skin filled with the leg and wing meat, these came with couscous, aubergine puree, a quails egg on a bed of spinach and a pan of harissa sauce. The Bresse pigeon was excellent, lovely breast meat served rare and the wrap of crisp skin and tasty leg meat a savoury and rich accompaniment.  The harissa sauce was intense and I used it sparingly with the main dish to give a heated North African flavour. The couscous was particularly good, featuring golden raisins, almonds and slices of olive, one of the nicest examples of it's kind I've ever had. The confit lemon was a new one for me, it went perfectly with the meat and not a hint of bitterness but tons of sweet lemon flavour. This was a fabulous dish, a range of delicious elements and a whole brigade of flavours I wouldn't normally expect in a French restaurant. My wife's dish was Agnolotti of ricotta, capers, golden raisins, tomato fondue and parmesan. This was a sophisticated dish, the elements providing a huge depth of flavour that started sweet from the raisins and and finishing on a umami rich parmesan flavour.My dessert was Macerated gariguette strawberries, shortcake, marshmallow and lemon verbena ice cream. The strawberries were absolutely stunning, the nicest strawberries I've had a long time, perfumed and intense with flavour and even better than the wild strawberries I had recently. The shortbread was excellent, as were the strawberry marshmallows and ice cream. My wifes dessert was lemon curd on a pistachio sable, lavender meringues and a white chocolate ice cream. The biscuit, curd and meringue I tried were great, the tart curd balanced well against the sweet parts. Accompanying this was a glass of excellent Tokaji Aszu.We will definitely return for the Sunday lunch on our next visit to Spitalfields and Brick Lane markets. I'm eager to try one of the roasts cooked to this standard too. Service was friendly and efficient, and the although the bill came to £207, this was the a la carte menu, our next visit we will try the Sunday lunch menu, at £29.50 (£38.50 will get you half a bottle too), this is a good price for a Sunday lunch featuring some excellent food, a superb room and some live music.Looking up.Lasagne of Dorset Crab, beurre nantais, pea shoots.Chilled white asparagus, poached egg, truffle.Tagine of Bresse pigeon, aubergine, cous cous, confit lemon & harissa sauce.Agnolotti of ricotta, capers, golden raisins, pine nuts, tomato fondue & parmesan.Macerated Gariguette strawberries, strawberry marshmallow, shortbread, lemon verbena ice cream, basil.Lemon curd, pistachio sable, lavender meringue & white chocolate ice cream.Petit four's.Galvin La Chapelle
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The Gallery at La Chapelle: Situated on the mezzanine level overlooking La Chapelle, this semi-private area seats 10-16 diners, who are served by a dedicated waiter. Choose from a selection of set menus, with wine recommendations from the head sommelier. Minimum spend £1,000 (lunch) and £1,500 (dinner).

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