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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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A fantastic setting for classic-meets-modern French cooking

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

Set amid the shimmering modern glass buildings on Spital Square, La Chapelle is every bit a Spitalfields’ top call, the converted red-brick Victorian former St Botolph‘s girls‘ school providing the brothers Galvin - the double-act with the Midas touch - a standout destination. Sweeping stone archways, marble pillars, arched windows and a roof open to the rafters some 30 metres up is a jaw-dropping smash-hit, while large iron chandeliers, art deco lamps, chocolate brown leather seating, huge velvety drapes and tables turned out in their best whites complete the dapper good looks and comforts to this awesome ecclesiastical backdrop. Throw in the razzmatazz of a smart zinc-topped bar by the entrance, a semi-open kitchen, striking private-dining mezzanine, an outdoor terrace, plus a platoon of attentive, well-drilled professional staff and you have friendly formality backed by slick service and a definite sense of occasion. No pressure then for the kitchen, but the cooking lives up to the billing, conforming purposefully 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 it is too. Take high-gloss signature starters like the lasagne of Dorset crab, perhaps turned out with a creamy beurre nantaise and pea shoots, or a ballotine of Landes foie gras twinned with burnt orange, granola and brioche. Classic desserts catch the eye too, like the ever-present and not-to-be-missed caramelised apple tarte Tatin with Normandy crème fraîche, or a perfectly timed hot Valrhona chocolate fondant served with a blood orange sorbet to cut through the richness. In between, perhaps sea-fresh fillet of Icelandic cod teamed with saffron potatoes, sea herbs and bouillabaisse flavours, while, for the City high-roller carnivores, another menu mainstay, roast chateaubriand of Cumbrian beef, perhaps teamed with silky truffle pomme purée and artichokes, or maybe roast loin and slow-cooked Hampshire venison served with butternut squash, chestnuts and jus grande veneur. Prices may lean toward the deep-wallets for carte and tasting options, but the prix fixe Menu de Chef (served at lunch and early evening) keeps budgets on track. (Commendably, vegetarians have their own menu and tasting version too.) The wine list is a corker, with French big guns leading the way on a knockout list. (Its popular adjoining Galvin HOP ‘pub delux’ can ramp-up the decibels in La Chapelle at busy times.)

Opening hours

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

Chef

  • Chef(s): Jeff Galvin

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: French, European
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 2
  • Wines over £30: 240
  • Wines by the glass: 13

Price guide

  • Starter from: £14.50
  • Main course from28.50
  • Dessert from: £9.50
  • 2-course lunch from: £34
  • 3-course lunch from: £38
  • 2-course dinner from: £34
  • 3-course dinner from: £38
  • Tasting menu from: £85
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

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

Getting here

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