|A terrine of ham hock and foie gras|
I've always been a big fan of the Galvin brothers, having first been seduced by the simple French bistro fare served at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe in Baker Street, their first joint venture as restaurateurs in 2005. Then followed, the recently Michelin star awarded Galvin at Windows at the top of the Hilton Park Lane in 2006, with it's stunning food and beautiful views of London. Towards the end of the last year, the brothers added Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin Cafe de Luxe in Spitalfields to their ever growing mini-empire.
Galvin La Chapelle is housed in St Botolph’s Hall, a Grade II-listed Victorian church hall, is the refined older sibling of the two new restaurants. While Cafe de Luxe is the less formal of the two. It's been noted by a few critics that Cafe de Luxe lacks the grandeur of La Chapelle and is slightly cramped. Okay, so the tables are a little close together, but that only adds to the intimate bistro atmosphere. All in all, with it's dark atmospheric lighting, white crisp table clothes and chrome fixtures, eating in Cafe de Luxe you almost feel like you've been transported to Gaye Paree, complete with all the noise and waiting staff in black aprons. It's just how a bistro should look and feel.