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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Victorian school chapel with classic meets modern French cooking

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

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. 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 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. 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.)

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December and 1 January
  • Closed for dinner: 24 December
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 10.30

Chef

  • Chef: Jeff Galvin, Eric Jolibois

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 10
  • Wines over £30: 317
  • Wines by the glass: 17

Price guide

  • Starter from 16.50
  • Main course from28.50
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 110
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16
  • Off-site parking available: On street, NCP

Additional information

  • Seats: 110
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 16

Getting here

Nearest train station

Liverpool Street
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