On the hottest day in summer for a while, we happily convened for a delightful real lunch round a rectangular table in the private dining room, in Galvin La Chapelle restaurant near Liverpool Street, east of the City. Its suitably cool interior for such weather has high stone double-height ceilings from the ground floor upwards past the mezzanine floor where we were comfortably seated, large arched windows and marble columns. At different times in its history it was a chapel, a girls’ school and a gym.
The service was lovely, and Stephen, the Head Sommelier, told us about each of the wines.
Here is the menu, with the two choices for each course, and the accompanying wine.
We started with a glass of champagne – NV Galvin Grande Reserve Brut.
Chilled Charentaise melon soup & fresh almonds
2020 Grüner Veltliner Strass, Birgit Eichinger, Austria
Ham hock & pistachio terrine, apricot & pain d’épices
2019 Pinot Noir, Bruno Sorg, Alsace, France
Chalk Stream sea trout, fennel, lobster bisque & ratte potatoes
2020 Viognier, Château la Bastide Languedoc, France
Truffle stuffed Suffolk chicken breast, rösti potato & leeks
2018 Corbières, Château la Bastide Languedoc, France
Fourme d’Ambert & pickled walnut purée, grapes & celery
NV Dry White Port, Quinta do Infantado, Portugal
Valrhona chocolate Pavé & English strawberry meringue
2020 Brachetto d’Acqui, Contero, Italy
The restaurant looked after us really well, and the cuisine and wine were both excellent.
Our thanks to Persephone Lewin for organising this convivial occasion.