Galvin@ la chapelle

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.

Menu Gourmand: 

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.  

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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.

Pricing:

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 

Membership:

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

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