I still remember my first visit in which I fell in love with Galvin La Bristrot de Luxe. So it was excitement when I had the oppotunity to visit another of Galvin’s restaurant – Galvin La Chapelle.
The restaurant is located just 5 minutes walk from Liverpool Street station. The building was appatently once a chapel hall which is now converted to what it is now, which gives it the high celling and space. The atmosphere is much different then Galvin La Bristot de Luxe.
As it was a warm sunny evening we opted to sit in the outside area at the back of the restaurant. I hope to revisit and sit in the main dining area to get a sense of dining in a chapel hall. But it was still nice to be sitting outside soaking the sun with a cocktail.
The menu consisted of a la carte and a pre fixe menu that is available monday-saturday between designated time. The prix fixe menu was a option of 2 course (£24) or 3 course (£29). We all went for the 2 courses and separately ordered a dessert from the a la carte as there are more and better choice.
Starter we had the choice of Pressed ham hock, corn fed chicken & foie gras, red onion marmalade or Chilled tomato consommé, mozzarella & basil. The latter is like a broth and is a nice light start to a meal. I went for the first option which was a good combination of ingredients.
Mains was a choice of either Slow cooked cod, pearl barley risotto, cucumber & grapefruit or Confit beef cheek, sugar snap peas, bok choi & spiced broth. I opted for the cod as fish in my view is the test of a kitchen skill A perfect cooked fish is not always easy to get right. The cod was cooked just right, still leaving the fish with a moist and silky texture.
Dessert was an easy choice for me as it had to be soufflé. It was gorgeous when I had it at Galvin la Bristrot de Luxe. La chapelle was serving banana soufflé (£10.50) with a scoop of sorbet. It was fluffy and light, but the combination of the sorbet did not quite work well for my taste buds.
For those who love their chocolate then I recommend Valrhona chocolate ganache, honeycomb & coconut sorbet (£11.50)
If you likea classic French dessert then try Apple tarte Tatin served with crème fraîche (£9.00)
We finished our meal with complimentary truffles and macaroon. It was really a great way to end a nice evening.
Service was good and we got complimentary sorbet due to having to wait a bit longer then usual for our dessert. Yes blame me for ordering soufflé which takes 15 minutes. But it is a dessert worth waiting.
On our way out we got a complimentary box of truffles. I remember having them at their other branch and you will love them if you are a dark chocolate lover.
This is a restaurant that is great for a special occasion but of course you do not have to wait until that special occasion to visit Galvin La Chapelle.
Galvin La Chapelle
35 Spital Square,