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Galvin La Chapelle

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

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The brothers Galvin have a gem of a location here, the one-time chapel of St Botolph's girls' school, with its marble pillars and roof open to the rafters some 30 metres up. A mezzanine level of shiny steel is like a 21st-century interloper amid the reverential grandeur of the space, and it's worth getting a table up there for the interesting perspective it affords. The space is filled with generously sized tables (wearing pristine white linen tablecloths), and is watched over by an attentive and well-drilled team. The ? la carte menu waves a metaphorical tricolore in evident admiration of French classical preparations - as is the Galvin way - with enough contemporary touches and fine UK ingredients to form an entente cordiale. There's no shortage of luxury and indulgence here, with lasagne of Dorset crab (a Galvin signature dish) alongside risotto of P?rigord truffles with Jerusalem artichokes and wood sorrel. Home-cured organic salmon is a lighter option. Among main courses, vegetarians (or anyone for that matter) can indulge in roast Italian aubergine with miso glaze, served with hazelnuts and pied de mouton mushrooms, or there is fillet of wild sea bass marini?re, artichokes and mussels on hand for fish fans. With a willing accomplice, Chateaubriand can be yours, a superb piece of Cumbrian beef, partnered with creamed spinach, potato millefeuille and confit garlic. The menu gourmand offers the opportunity to go the whole hog, from that lasagne of Dorset crab to an apple tarte Tatin with Normandy cr?me fra?che. Another dessert might be the more exotic lychee souffl? with rose lychee sorbet and raspberry coulis. The wine list doesn't ignore the rest of the world, but it comes into its own with the French big guns.

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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: 110
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: £26.50
2 Course dinner from: £24.00
3 Course dinner from: £29.00
Sunday lunch: £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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