Review on Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Brothers-in-whites Chris and Jeff Galvin are veterans of the London restaurant scene and have teamed up to create the kind of buzzy modern 'bistro-plus' that is a breath of fresh air in the capital. It remains a fraternal double act, even though Chris now splits his time between the Bistrot and the heady world of Galvin at Windows on the twenty-eighth floor of the London Hilton.
Bistrot de Luxe occupies a converted shop that has seen restaurants come and go, but this time round success seems assured – judging by the gongs, accolades and general applause that have greeted what goes on in the L-shaped dining room. Antique mirrors, dark wood panelling hung with photographs by Chris Galvin's wife, dangling globe lights and slate floors create just the right mood for cooking that puts great store by value and quality. The brothers seem to have got the equation exactly right.
Much of the produce for their menus is sourced direct from France, and the repertoire aims to please rather than challenge. Here you'll be tempted by bowls of mussel and saffron soup, rillettes of 'porc noir' with toast campagne, roast Challans duck with Savoy cabbage, honey and rosemary, and crisp fillet of sea bass with olives and a confit of fennel and onions, Anjou pigeon 'poché-rôti' and tête au veau, before a délice of milk and dark chocolate Valrhona chocolate or tarte au citron.
The no choice 'menu prix fixe' served lunch and early evening (6.00-7.00pm) is currently one of the best deals in the capital, and the Francophile wine list has plenty of interesting stuff at keen prices.
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Chris and Jeff Galvin
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.30pm (3.00pm Sun)
Dinner: 6.00 - 10.30pm (11.00pm Thu-Sat) (9.30pm Sun)
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express