Galvin La Chapelle

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Silver Award
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SquareMeal Review of Galvin La Chapelle

Silver Award

Having retained its Michelin star since 2011 under the esteemed patronage of the eponymous Galvin brothers, it’s impossible not to visit Galvin La Chapelle with a few preconceived expectations. This east London institution is well established for its timeless French cooking, delivered with the sort of service that gives one the feeling they can walk on water. It’s a product that La Chapelle’s clientele has come to expect and, with the exception of a few seasonally-changing dishes and a new head chef in the kitchen (Arturo Granato), we can see why it hasn’t changed its winning formula much during the 13 years it’s been open. 

Part of its magic is the staff’s subtle astuteness. We'd barely tucked our seats underneath the impossibly white tablecloth before a suit-clad waiter wheeled his way over with the Champagne trolley. It’s at this point, fizz in hand, where there is a subtle pause in the evening, presumably to allow guests to sit back and take in their surroundings. Marble columns formulate humungous curving arches at one end of the room while a towering ceiling punctuated with wooden beams contribute to the space’s sense of vastness.  

This feeling of contentment is somewhat sullied when presented with the prices. Three courses alone set you back around £90 each, before drinks, although they are three very good courses and, presumably, what most of its guests would expect to – nay, be happy to – pay here. We started with a classic Galvin dish - lasagne of Dorset crab and scallop immersed in a butter sauce – which was soft and rich, if a little egg custard-like. A £50 wild garlic risotto with fresh lobster and salty, fatty pieces of lardo was butter-rich and one of the best risottos we’d ever eaten. To finish, an immensely satisfying slice of tarte tatin baked to a deeply-caramelised shade of bronze and served with a quenelle of crème fraiche hit every note it needed to.  

Simple, well-executed dishes, conscientious service and luxury everywhere you turn are all part of the package at Galvin La Chapelle. It continues to do what it does best, and we don't blame it for not straying far from its well-trodden path. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - Over £80
Cuisines
French
Ambience
Fine dining, Glamorous, Luxury, Quiet conversation, Romantic, Traditional, Widely spaced tables
Other Awards
One Michelin star
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch, Sunday roast
Alfresco And Views
Terrace
Special Features
Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
People
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Galvin La Chapelle

Magnificent arched windows, soaring stone ceilings and sophisticated decor provide a beautiful backdrop in which to indulge in Michelin-starred dining at Galvin La Chapelle. Like all Galvin outposts, La Chapelle provides high-quality cuisine designed by brothers Chris, Jeff and David Galvin alongside luxurious surroundings and warm and hospitable staff, making it a popular choice for celebrating special occasions.

Galvin La Chapelle majors in modern French cuisine crafted from produce sourced fresh every day from Covent Garden Market. Seasonality is of huge importance to the Galvin family, so expect ever-changing dishes on their range of menus, which include vegetarian, vegan, tasting and special menus for high days and holidays, such as Valentine’s and Father’s Day.

As you’d expect from a Michelin-starred French restaurant, the food here is exquisitely presented. Diners wax lyrical about the beautiful presentation of each dish before going on to praise the taste and textures. Wonderful combinations come together in starters like Dorset crab lasagne with beurre Nantais and pea shoots, and velouté of Ironbark pumpkin served with seared foie gras, Lyonnaise onion and bacon crumb.

Mains take the form of dishes such as grilled Cornish red mullet with cuttlefish, orange-braised fennel, pine nut purée and sauce vierge, or roast loin of Icelandic cod accompanied by crushed Charlotte potatoes, cauliflower and a warm raisin dressing, while desserts could be anything from blackberry soufflé and milk ice cream to mandarin parfait made with hazelnut, cocoa nib crumb and Valrhona chocolate ganache.

The set Menu du Chef offers excellent value when you consider Galvin La Chapelle’s Michelin Star credentials, though if you’re really looking to push the boat out, you ought to consider the Menu Gourmand – a seven-course tasting menu with optional wine pairing that can be enjoyed in the main dining room or on the private dining mezzanine for that extra special experience.

Restaurant Kits

Galvin at Home

Galvin at Home

Enjoy a three-course Michelin-starred meal at home, delivered to your doorstep. Our weekly changing menus are so simple to put together that even a novice home cook can have a knockout meal on the table in no time.  Each week, Jeff Galvin, Chef Patron of Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle creates a bespoke menu & vegetarian menu perfect for a special occasion or staycation.

We deliver nationwide in England and Wales on Fridays and Saturdays. Alternatively, if you are local to us you can collect your order in person on Friday & Saturday between 10am and 3pm from Galvin Bistrot & Bar in Old Spitalfields Market, London, or between 12pm and 4pm on Saturdays from the Galvin Green Man near Chelmsford, Essex.

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Galvin La Chapelle has one Michelin star.

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Location for Galvin La Chapelle

35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY

020 7299 0400

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Opening Times

Lunch
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 12:00-14:00
Thu 12:00-14:15
Fri 12:00-14:15
Sat 12:00-14:15
Sun 12:00-14:30
Dinner
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-21:00
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun 18:00-21:00

Reviews of Galvin La Chapelle

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66 Reviews 
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Anon

14 June 2021   - Verified Diner
Food & Drink 5
Service 5
Atmosphere 5
Value 5
Amazing date night

my partner and I went and had the 7 course tasting menu. He also had the paired wines, which he said were up there with some of the best he's ever had in terms of pairings with food. I have quite specific dietary requirements and the waiter was amazing, as soon as I mentioned my condition he was able to change everything on the menu perfectly so that I could still experience the tasting menu and not feel like I was a difficult customer. The bread (that just kept coming) was delicious, as were all of the tasting courses; I particularly enjoyed the garlic risotto. Highly recommend the whole experience, whether you are on a date, with friends and family or just want to do something special. We were made to feel like royalty, got to sit on the balcony which had great views and the whole night was magical. Special thanks to Alfie and George who were wonderful as waiter and sommellier. 

Sandra S

06 August 2019  
Top class food, excellent service, decor, ambience and price.

Christina G

26 July 2019  
Absolutely lovely ambience, food and friendly staff at a surprisingly good price. Recommended by Square Meal.

Christie J

26 July 2019  
I would come here for a one off treat or celebration. The service, quality and wine list is impeccable! They also have an outdoor area which is lovely in London.

Maz P

08 July 2019  
Impeccable, warm and inviting service here. They take time to connect with the clientele. Outstanding food in a beautiful restaurant with the meal finished of with Coffee and the most amazing home made Marshmallows - to dream of - and I do!!

Ian B

02 July 2019  
Completely professional in all aspects, always a very pleasurable overall experience.

Shonagh P

28 June 2019  
Great ambience and service.

Melanie M

30 April 2019  
Delicate French cuisine in a hushed atmosphere, great for a business lunch (or dinner come to that) or romance. The seasoning is always perfect, as are the soufflã©s. Just about expensive enough to know you've been spoiled.

Lucy M

09 April 2019  
Wonderful ambience, decor, interesting menus and discreet but helpful service. Not cheap but excellent value for what you get.

Rochelle S

31 July 2018  
The most wonderful building; the ambience and service are top class and the food is exceptional!
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