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|Address:||St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY|
|Tel:||020 3641 8317|
|Price: £63.00||Wine: £19.00||Champagne: £53.00|
|Opening Hours:||Mon-Sun 12N-2.30 (Fri -3pm) 6-10.30pm (Sun -9.30pm)|
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First trip to Galvin La Chapelle after wanting to go there for some time. The online booking is a bit of nightmare as you can't change reservations online once made and you also have to phone to confirm two days in advance; you'll be far better phoning up anyway as the staff were polite, helpful and sorted things out quickly and without any fuss.
I arrived with a slightly inapproriately dressed date (acres of very tanned legs, cleavage, spiky heels and masses of long blonde hair) who looked rather more like she was off for a night of clubbing than dinner, but was still treated as a valued guest – although the male staff did stare a bit too much and I thought the doorman's eyes may pop out! The only real downsides to the service were the slight distain we got on asking for the vegetables (red cabbage, caramelised apple & blackcurrant jus – which was yummy) from one dish as a side order with another which seemed to be a real problem and we were definitely made to feel like it was and we also had to ask twice for the cocktail menu, otherwise a smooth experience.
Food is excellent, amongst the best anywhere in London, and miles better than some Michelin starred venues – we both ate Breast of corn-fed chicken, fresh peas, girolles & Alsace bacon which was simple but extremly well presented and tasted great. Desserts were Toasted hazelnut parfait, lime confiture and Soufflé of apricot, dark chocolate sorbet; the Soufflé was a recommendation from the waiter and whilst my date admitted she wouldn't have ordered it herself she loved it and I can confirm that it was delicious having had a couple of spoonfuls.
The room is stunning, all be it that we were sat under the mezzanine so didn't get the full effect, but needs a few less tables packed in as you do feel like you are sharing with the next table down, which somewhat restricts conversation – unless you want them to know all about your day at work etc. Toilets are a slightly unusual experience being unisex and also scarily hot with doors that don't lock too well.
Value for money is reasonable; two courses, water, two glasses of an excellent Pinot Gris, a cocktail and a glass of champagne came to just over £110 – not cheap but certainly not out of bounds for the overall experience. I'll definitely be returning, but next time Clare may have to dress a bit more conservatively to stop the staff having a heart attack!