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|Address:||35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY|
|Tel:||020 3641 8322|
|Price: £45.00||Wine: £18.50||Champagne: £53.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 11.30-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)|
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We went to Galvin Café a Vin for lunch on Sunday after a wander around Spitalfields Market. There are so many places to eat in the area, lots of them yummy (Canteen, S&M, etc) but all very very busy, noisy, big queues, etc.
Café a Vin is just to one side of the new modern shopping centre which leads into the old Market, opposite Patisserie Valerie. There was a good buzz but it wasn't crazy noisy, so it was a bit calmer to eat in than some of the alternatives.
Sunday lunch is exceptional value. It's 14.95 for two courses from the set menu, which has 3 choices per course. I had the fennel, tomato and anchovy salad for starters. It was lovely and light, very fresh. My husband had butternut squash soup with parmesan and pine nuts which was really rich and creamy with a lovely toasted taste. Very warming and seasonal.
For main course I had the red mullet with roasted potatoes, roast tomatoes and black olives. The red mullet was BEAUTIFULLY cooked – not dry at all, and the black olives gave it a very Mediterannean taste. He had the roast lamb which was served pink in the middle and was melt-in-the-mouth good.
Definitely worth a visit if you are in the Liverpool Street/Spitalfields area. A great way to sample the Galvin cuisine without paying Galvin prices!