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Rarely has the description ‘gastronomic shrine’ been more appropriate than here, as the Galvin brothers’ crown jewel was once a Victorian chapel. A soaring roof, stone archways and dramatic illumination make for “an intimate feel in a grand setting” thanks to plush furnishings and friendly staff. In such a location, the kitchen might be forgiven a multitude of sins, but its contemporary renderings of classic French cuisine can also thrill. Pretty dishes of Cornish turbot teamed with raisins, pine nuts and a swoop of cauliflower purée, or ballotine of foie gras with white peach mostly excite, despite the occasional flat flavour. A wine-paired menu gourmand, peppered with luxury ingredients, is on hand for major celebrations. Crisp, light apple tarte Tatin provides a sublime conclusion and the lengthy French-led wine list makes room for vintage Hermitage La Chapelle, naturally. Set lunch menus provide great value before prices ascend at dinner, but to our minds, this unique experience fully justifies the expense.


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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. 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. 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. 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. 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. There's been a lot of talk recently about whether Michelin stars really matter. For me personally I see the Michelin Guide as one which is always top of its game and a very reliable source. It's perhaps been a little old fashioned with its fondness for classic cooking and lack of joining social media, but these days they're very much on trend. Some restaurant are also too very classic in their approach, such as Galvin La Chapelle - with its gourmet French cooking in a grade II listed former Victorian chapel, right in the heart of central London.

    If the name didn't give it away, Galvin La Chapelle is owned...
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  1. To round up my birthday celebrations, Michael took me for dinner at Galvin la Chapelle, a Michelin-starred restaurant housed in a seriously stunning former Victorian chapel. I was blown away by the beauty of the grade II listed building; the warm & impeccable service; the standard of the gourmet modern French cuisine; and, not to mention, the value. Galvin la Chapelle is one of few restaurants truly worthy of my five chefs hats award!

    From start to finish, the service could not have been more on point. At first, due to our corner table (the best table in the restaurant, may I add) on the upper floor, and...
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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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Chris and Jeff Galvin

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin opened their first restaurant, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, to great acclaim in 2005, and followed it with London big hitters including Galvin at Windows and Galvin La Chapelle – plus Brasserie de Luxe and The Pompadour, both in Edinburgh. Between them, the Galvins have worked for everybody who’s anybody: Chris for Messrs Corbin and King, Terence Conran and Paul Gayler; Jeff for Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and David Levin.

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