Harden's survey result
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“The breathtaking architecture of the building” – “a beautiful, cathedral-like space” created from the “clever conversion of a Victorian school chapel” – creates a “magnificent” setting for the Galvin brothers’ well-known venture, near Spitalfields. At its best, this is one of London’s most “memorable” all-rounders (particularly for business) combining “smooth” service and “subtle cuisine” into a “sumptuous” overall offering. Performance was less consistent this year however, with reports of “over-stretched if well-intentioned” service, and “uneven” culinary results.
“To impress a client or date”, you can’t beat the “gorgeous” and “dramatic” setting of the Galvin brothers Spitalfields venture (“like eating in a minor cathedral”); it’s a “very slick operation” all round, with “classic, not overly fussy” Gallic cuisine and “top notch” service.
“A simply spectacular experience”; the Galvin brothers’ “superlative” venture occupies a “stunning” cathedral-like Spitalfields hall; its “superb” Gallic dishes and “smooth” service make it a splendid choice for a business or romantic occasion.
“Stunning food in a stunning location” makes for a “superb experience” at the Galvin brothers’ cathedral-like dining hall, by Spitalfields Market – a “courteous” operation, with cuisine that’s “modern enough to be interesting, but classic enough to be uncontentious”.
Chef Patron Jeff Galvin consistently provides a menu of modern French cuisine gaining a Michelin star in the 2011 Red Guide - an impressive one year after the restaurant opened. The service under the direction of Alessandro Piombino and his team effortlessly combines warm, friendly and attentive hospitality with a fine sense of tradition and decorum in keeping with the grandeur of the building.
Galvin La Chapelle Restaurant Diner Reviews
"An impressive setting in this old chapelle. The food is very good."
"Delicious food, attentive service and beautiful atmosphere"
"Another beautiful meal at La Chappelle, with a great wine at only £20 - a steal!. It is such a gorgeous room to dine in."
"Wine are sexpensive"
"Stunning room,lots of city people (men) at lunchtime, food is pricey (risotto £24.50, seabass £38.00) but beautifully presented and well cooked. Service change-over during our meal led to some uncertainties and meant we couldn't reward our first waitress, not many bottles under £30 but the wine list a real treat for those of us who have Hermitage la Chapelle at home - the prices warmed the cockles of our hearts."
"inept service detracts from the ambitions of the kitchen"
35 Spital Sq, London, E1 6DY
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lunch 12.30 pm - 2.30 pm, Sunday 3 pm. dinner 6 pm - 10.30 pm, Sun 9.30 pm
Last orders: 10.30 pm, Sun 9.30 pm