Awarded a Michelin star just one year after opening, La Chapelle is the third venture by chef brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin. They consistently provide a menu of modern french cuisine. Galvin La Chapelle is a building with a long and colourful history, the service we experienced fitted in with the grandeur of the grade II listed building.
I chose to visit La Chapelle in London on a weekday evening, on arrival we chose to go for the menu gourmand, but there are also a prix fixe lunch and an early dinner menu.
They currently are offering a Menu du Chef – 3 courses for 34 pounds. Book here if you fancy going.
Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais & pea shoots 2015 crozes Hermitage Blanc “les Jalets“
Ballotine of Landes foie gras, confit quince & brioche 2014 Condrieu “Domaine des Grands Amandiers”
Risotto of Burgundy black truffle, Jerusalem artichoke & wood sorrel 2014 Côtes dy Rhône “Secret de Famille’
Wild sea bass, roasted Salsifis, black Trumpett & Sauternes velouté 2011 Incognito “H” Blanc
Tagine of Bresse pigeon, couscous, confit lemon & harissa sauce 2007 Hermitage “La Chapelle”
Saint-Nectaire, confit William pear & truffle honey 2013 Côtes du Rhône “Secret de Famille”
Apple tarte Tatin, Normandy crème fraîche (2013 Muscat de Beaumes-De-Venise “Le Chant des Criottes“
If you are looking for a romantic restaurant with a wow factor, I would definitely recommend for you to go, the high ceiling and marble columns all contribute to the ambience.
Out of the whole 7 courses, my personal favorite was the “Lasagne of Dorset crab, beurre Nantais & pea shoots” it looked incredible and tasted amazing, I would definitely recommend if you visit.
On a negative note, the fish course “Wild sea bass, roasted Salsifis, black Trumpett & Sauternes velouté” was slightly disappointing due to the fact when I ate the trumpett mushroom it was full of grit.
My only comment on the menu would be on the “Tagine of Bresse pigeon, couscous, confit lemon & harissa sauce”, I didn’t quite get how this dish tied in with the rest of the menu choices.
As I am not a cheese lover, I couldn’t finish this course , Saint-Nectaire has a huge range of flavours depending on the age.
Last of all the “Apple tarte Tatin, Normandy crème fraîche” I was personally looking forward to this dish however I was really disappointed. The apple tarte tatin pastry was made really well but I was let down by the slight burnt taste that was due to the caramel being taken to far in the cooking process.
I would say the presentation of some of the dishes was not up to a Michelin star standard. Reason being the dishes just looked a bit dull and lacked colour.
I spotted the next table along ordering the steak which looked incredible, so I have already planned when I return to La Chapelle what I shall be ordering.
The bill for 2 people came to £190 including service charge, also this is only with soft drinks. It is worth mentioning Galvin Restaurants offer Loyalty Club Benefits
The membership card when given when requesting for the bill. With the Galvin Loyalty Club Membership the benefits are:
– Gold Membership: Collect 1 point for every £1 you spend. (Each Point is worth 5p)
– Priority booking for events/ themed nights
– Receive triple points on your birthday
Your Galvin Membership Card can be used at Galvin La Chapelle, Galvin HOP, Bristrot de Luxe & Galvin Green Man. For more information on this check out ww.galvinrestaurants.com/section/266/1/loyalty-programme
Overall score 7/10