The Bistrot is Back
Yes, it’s true – we are bringing the bistrot back with Galvin Bistrot & Bar, a brand new restaurant right next door to Michelin-starred La Chapelle in London’s historic Spitalfields.
And it’s all thanks to you. Two years after the much-loved Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street closed after a ‘perfect storm’ of rising rent and rates, a collapsing pound and staff fleeing the UK because of Brexit, we are thrilled to announce the opening of Galvin Bistrot & Bar.
We closed Galvin Bistrot de Luxe with heavy hearts but we were overwhelmed by the messages of support we received from customers, who clearly felt it was a special place. And so we wanted to bring it back: the bistrot is in our DNA. After the pandemic, we wanted to provide a place where family and friends can eat traditional French bistrot dishes, drink wines and beer together and have fun without spending a fortune.
The Spitalfields bistrot & bar will open on 4th July.
A True French Bistrot
Galvin Bistrot & Bar (former Galvin HOP) will reflect the look and style of the great French bistrots of Paris and Lyon, and will serve deep-flavoured dishes at reasonable prices, showcasing the best seasonal produce.
It will feature bentwood chairs and leather banquettes, blackboards, mirrors chalked with the day’s specials, wine posters and antique pictures, sitting alongside objets d’Art and a curvaceous zinc bar with its own history.
The food, service and ambience will be distinctly French, with classic bistrot dishes such as Soupe de Poisson, Steak Tartare, Salad of Endive and Roquefort and with mains like Skate with Brown Butter, Wood Roast Chicken with salad, and Steak au Poivre with frites. Desserts will include Galvin’s highly praised Apple Tarte Tatin with crème fraiche, Baba au Rhum and Floating Island with crème Anglaise.
House-made terrines and charcuterie from some of the best artisan suppliers will also feature on the menu and will be served with Parisian style baguettes and traditional accompaniments.
The wines will be predominantly French, with a sprinkling of other European and New World wines. Jeff, Chris and his son George are passionate in their support for small producers and have visited many of the vineyards represented on the list. And for the more serious wine drinker, the extensive wine list of La Chapelle will be on offer in the Galvin Bistrot and Bar.
There will also be a range of craft and local beers and draft unpasteurised Pilsner Urquell from huge copper tanks behind the zinc bar.
Galvin Bistrot & Bar will have an outdoor terrace as well as a hidden garden for private dinners.