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