Galvin La Chapelle 4444

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Squaremeal London Hot 100 2016Set in the “atmospheric” surrounds of a grandiose converted Victorian chapel, this Michelin-starred, Grade II-listed high flyer from the Galvin brothers comes complete with stone archways, iron chandeliers and awe-inspiring “ecclesiastical vaulted architecture”. As such, it provides a suitably lavish backdrop for a menu of highly worked, “expertly prepared” and intricately presented dishes culled from the lexicon of modern French cuisine – from the signature Dorset crab lasagne with creamy beurre nantais and pea shoots or pressed terrine of Landes guinea fowl, foie gras and Bayonne ham with sauce gribiche to tagine of Bresse pigeon with couscous, confit lemon and harissa sauce or poached chicken breast with herb gnocchi, kale and sauce suprême. To conclude, the perfectly caramelised tarte Tatin with Normandy crème fraîche is a must, while the enviable cheese trolley provides the perfect excuse for a glass of Hermitage La Chapelle from the mighty French-led wine list – although a few more “modestly priced” offerings would be appreciated. Some dissenters find Galvin La Chapelle “bland and deeply earnest”, relying on “snob value and French-derived gravitas”, but we’re with those who reckon it’s a triumph in the City.  

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Jazz Sunday lunch: 3 courses £34.50 with Carafe of wine (250ml) £43.50

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Available: 11 April 2017

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Expires: 30 June 2017

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7 course Tasting Menu and a signed cookbook £75pp

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2 courses £29 / 3 courses £34.50 with a glass of brut

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Fizzy weekends at La Chapelle: £38

Enjoy 3 courses & free-flowing Prosecco £38.00pp. From a set menu. Prosecco included for 2 hrs.

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Express lunch menu: 2 courses & a glass of wine £29.50

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Galvin La Chapelle
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Galvin La Chapelle

St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square ,London E1 6DY

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Totally overrated.

by   bronze reviewer (5)

Feb 2017

This restaurant epitomises all that used to beset the London restaurant scene. At the insistence of the restaurant we did not arrive before 10pm due to the restaurant being "fully booked". Odd that when we arrive only around 50% of the tables were occupied. Apart from the sommerlier, it was pretty clear that the staff did not want to be there and at best were ill informed on the dishes they were serving. Two waiters tried to describe what was on the plate but neither quite got it. The food...

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Paul P.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 4
  • Service: 2
  • Atmosphere: 1
  • Value: 1

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St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square ,London E1 6DY

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The Antiques Roadshow

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Jan 2017

If 'The Antiques Roadshow' did restaurants, it would be like this. The bland, overpriced experience of a bygone 1990s London, when punters were still finding their restaurant legs - when we needed to rely on snob value and French-derived 'gravitas'. But London today is too exciting, and London restaurant goers are surely too confident, to need Galvin Lachapelle? It's perfectly nice; just dull. Nice staff. Nice food. Like you could get at any posh restaurant. But not...

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Marc C.'s rating

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 4
  • Value: 4

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Galvin La Chapelle

St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square ,London E1 6DY

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Roger

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Sep 2016

Excellent food which was well presented and was both flavoursome and well seasoned. Service was good despite the restaurant being very full at the time. Good selection of wines, however, it could be improved by having a few more modestly priced offerings (wasn't much of quality in the £50 to £75 a bottle range, but there are many wines in the £125 plus range and a small selection of considerably cheaper wines - just needs more of a selection in the middle price range). Very pleasant...

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  • Food & Drink: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 7

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St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square ,London E1 6DY

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A disappointment

by   platinum reviewer (93)

Aug 2015

This was a rather uneven experience. The room was impressive, but with a huge number of covers and intrusive airco. The staff showed a distinct variability in performance which, in some cases, amounted to being completely unobservant and uninterested, and in others warmth and professionalism. Another question mark regarding the professionalism of this outfit was squarely placed after the performance of the sommelier who seemed incapable of pronouncing French words comprehensibly, which is seriously...

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 6
  • Value: 6

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Slippery Slope

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Jul 2015

Overall the lunch experience was OK, but there were components that didn't come together. Lunched at GLC around a year ago, very dramatic and food and service worked. This restaurant suffers from an "over-waitering" of service as much of our conversation was interrupted by efficient waiting staff. The sommelier was genial, and qualified but appeared to be wrestling when describing the extensive list. The sweetbreads I had were fine as was the chateaubriand for one, a great idea......

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 5

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St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square ,London E1 6DY

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Expectation gap never as wide as this...

by   silver reviewer (27)

Jun 2015

Given all the plaudits this place (and its owners) has had, and some very good reviews, I was expecting nothing much short of excellence. Wow, how wrong was I... The biggest problem was the food. When your order "lasagne of native blue lobster" you expect there to be actual pieces of lobster in between the layers of pasta - however, not a single morsel of lobster was involved, just a bland mousse that could have been made of any seafood. For £18.50 that was robbery. Then our two mains,...

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  • Food & Drink: 3
  • Service: 6
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 3

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St Botolphs Hall, 35 Spital Square ,London E1 6DY

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Lunch at La Chapelle

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Jun 2015

We had a lovely lunch with relatives that were visitng us from Itay. Since we had a late breakfast the restaurant were very accommodating when we changed our table reservation from 1.30 to 2.30pm and when we arrived, there was no issue with having two courses instead of three of the set menu. We chose the roast beef and there was a small issue with how the beef was cooked; our requests had not reached the kitchen but our plates were removed immediately and all brought out again together perfectly...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 9
  • Value: 8

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by   silver reviewer (21)

Apr 2014

Bearing in mind just how many people work in a relatively small area, it is perhaps somewhat surprising that there is a lack of top notch restaurants. Maybe it's a sign of the times and diminishing expense accounts but, whatever the reason, Galvin La Chapelle is one of the best. Located in an old church next to Spitalfields gives a lovely ambience and a nice feel when you first walk in. I have eaten there several times, for both lunch and dinner and with clients and friends and it has never disappointed....

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  • Food & Drink: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 7

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by   bronze reviewer (14)

Mar 2014

Held a business lunch in the Gallery at Galvin La Chapelle for 12 people. This is an open area above the main restaurant The starter of Lasagne of Dorset Crab, beurre Nantais very good. Chateaubriand of Cumbrian beff melted in the mouth. Several of the guests commented on the fact that they liked the Gallery as it meant they still got the “buzz” of the restaurant below.

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 10

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    Andrea's Passions :: La Chapelle: Birthday #4 - Michelin Food in a Chapel - - Andrea's Passions

    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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    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.

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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.

Essential Details for Galvin La Chapelle

  • Cuisine: French
  • Area: Moorgate Liverpool Street
  • Price: £63.00
  • Wine: £19.00
  • Champagne: £53.00
  • Lunch: £29 (3 courses)
  • Dinner: £29 (3 courses)
  • Private Dining: 16

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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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