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Galvin La Chapelle

St Botolph's Hall, 35 Spital Square, LONDON, E1 6DY

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Set amid the contemporary glass buildings on Spital Square, La Chapelle is a Spitalfields' top call, the converted red-brick former Victorian chapel of St Botolph's girls' school providing the brothers Galvin a standout destination. Stone archways, marble pillars, arched windows and a roof open to the rafters some 30 metres up is a jaw-dropper, while large iron chandeliers, art deco lamps, chocolate brown leather seating and tables turned out in their best whites complete the dapper good looks. Throw in a smart zinc-topped bar and semi-open kitchen, plus an army of attentive, well-drilled staff and you have friendly formality and a definite sense of occasion. The cooking conforms to the Galvin genre: polished French cuisine underpinned by a classical base and given a light modern gloss. Top-notch produce, uncluttered, sophisticated, fine-tuned cooking is the raison d'être, and pretty on the plate too. Take a high-gloss signature starter, lasagne of Dorset crab with shellfish bisque and sea herbs or a classic dessert of perfectly caramelised apple tarte Tatin with Normandy crème fraîche. In between, perhaps pan-seared John Dory with peppy fregola sarda and purple sprouting broccoli, while, for the City high-rollers, roast chateaubriand of Cumbrian beef with ox cheek tarte fine, heritage carrots and bone marrow. Prices are deep-wallet, though a prix fixe menu keeps budgets on track. The wine list is a corker, with French big guns leading the way in a knockout list. (Galvin Hop pub adjoins and can ramp-up the decibels.)

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Tel: 020 7299 0400
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Dates closed: 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: 24 Dec

Restaurant information

Cooking type: French
Chef: Jeff Galvin, Eric Jolibois
Number of seats: 115
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £24.00
3 Course lunch from: £29.00
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £25.50
2 Course dinner from: £24.00
3 Course dinner from: £29.00
Sunday lunch: £27.50-£34.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

Galvin La Chapelle, London e1
  • Galvin La Chapelle, London e1
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