Part of the family run collection of restaurants founded by Michelin-starred brother duo Chris and Jeff Galvin, Galvin La Chapelle is situated in a stunning converted Grade II-listed building in Spitalfields.
Expect exactly what modern French cooking with a Michelin-star should deliver; attentive and effortlessly warm hospitality, fresh and high-quality ingredients plated with precision. A star; however, doesn’t always mean the vegan or vegetarian options on the menu are as interesting as the meat options.
What intrigued us on our visit to La Chapelle was their Menu Gourmand, a 7 course vegan tasting menu, that comes with a reasonable price tag of £55 (for our readers outside London, this is considered competitive compared to other fine dining options in London). If you do not want to spend as much or don’t have the time for the full 3-hour experience, you can order individual dishes from the a la carte menu.
Each dish was clean and fresh, with flavours that grew richer and bolder as we worked our way through the menu. We opted for the 100% vegan wine pairing which we highly recommend, but be warned, the wine costs more than the food. The food here, overall, shows how simple it can be to make plants the star of the dish without compromising the Michelin-starred experience. We’ll leave you with some of the highlights and encourage you to book La Chapelle for your next special occasion.
Risotto of wild garlic & courgette: The punch wild garlic balanced with mellow freshness of the courgette makes this a perfect spring-like dish.
Tagine of spring vegetables, couscous, confit lemon and harissa: A deconstructed and a much prettier take on famous North African dish that stays true to its traditional flavours.
Chilled coconut rice pudding, with alphonso mango & coconut sorbet: a very light and soothing end to a 3-hour experience.
Family, Date, Friends, Colleagues
Celebration, Romantic, Business
This is safe choice for a special celebration or romantic occasion. You get star treatment and top quality of food without paying more than an average Soho restaurant price. Not as formal or pretentious as one might expect from a Michelin-starred French restaurant and carries a separate vegan menu. So, why not treat yourself and loved ones to this experience? After La Chapelle, you’ll definitely expect more from a vegan fine dining experience.