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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’.


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...
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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. 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...
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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...
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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. 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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Private Dining at Galvin La Chapelle

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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