| Food Diary | An Exceptional Lunch

One lunchtime not too long ago, we ventured out with ravenous appetites. Hunger tends to sour our moods and it was with this very disagreeable tone that we wound up rambling from one eatery to another. Disenchanted with every menu we saw and growing ever more irritated with everything and everyone (including each other), we bickered as our hunger grew.  Then, just at the cusp of a futile argument, we stumbled into Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields.

The juiciest of olives.
Starter: celeriac & apple velouté with almonds & chestnuts. 
Starter: fillet of grilled mackerel, shaved fennel, Crème fraîche & beetroot
Pavé of cod, choucroute, brown shrimps, swede purée and juniper beurre blanc
Tranche of calf's liver, soft white polenta, pancetta and Madeire jus.
Petits fours
Valrhona chocolate mousse, pistachio ice cream and shortbread.

Galvin La Chapelle served an delectable set lunch menu, completely different our usual culinary selections. Yet as is often our habit, we find it very difficult to keep out of each other's dishes and so ended up sharing everything. Each dish was deftly and sensitively prepared with the choicest ingredients culminating in a luscious and truly delicious experience.

The restaurant takes up a Grade II listed parish hall with a 30m high vaulted ceiling

Our bill was quite surprising and far less than I would have previously imagined for a highly praised restaurant gushing with various accolades. It turned out to be a wonderful treat and we left with large smiles. Extraordinary how good food can turn things around for us. I suppose what it really shows is how much we really L♥︎VE good food.  

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Galvin La Chapelle address: St Botolphs Hall,35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6DY.


  1. Honey, now you are my kind of gal.. you dine well! I could live with all this! Olives are my favorite.. these look really fine! I can't wait to go for my vacation to Sorrento next month just for the olives and of course the mozzarella di buffala... salivating just thinking! ;)

  2. dying over these food shots. I love to see food like this and to hear that the price was good for what you got is even better! I seriously take photos of my food at restaurants all the time and it's actually become helpful for the moments when I/we need to recall something we had. haha. OK, that doesn't happen all the time but, it's excuse enough for me. -=)


  3. The building looks incredible, as so with the food. Not my usual thing as this sort of food intimidates me slightly and always worry I'll be left feeling hungry, but there looks like enough to go around..

    Buckets & Spades

  4. Yum, I am hungry now...so good :) x

  5. Wow amazing. And talk about serendipity I was just told an hour ago that we are going there next Saturday for a wedding lunch.....Hooray. Can't wait, can't wait, can't wait. Xxx


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