The Galvin brothers are bringing the bistrot back with Galvin Bistrot & Bar, a brand new restaurant right next door to their Michelin-starred La Chapelle in London’s historic Spitalfields.
Galvin Bistrot & Bar 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.
Chris and Jeff Galvin – the only British brothers to have each won a Michelin star – opened their first restaurant, the much-loved Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on London’s Baker Street, in 2005. It closed 13 years later after a ‘perfect storm’ of rising rent and rates, a collapsing pound and staff fleeing the UK because of Brexit.
“It was with very heavy hearts that we closed Bistrot de Luxe two years ago,” Chris said, “and we were overwhelmed by the messages of support we received from customers at the time. It was a special place for many people.
“After the pandemic and the long lockdown, Jeff and I thought there was a need to get back to the informality and friendliness of the classic bistrot. You could say it’s in our DNA. We wanted to provide a place where family and friends can eat traditional French bistrot dishes, drink great wines and have fun together without spending a fortune.”
Galvin Bistrot & Bar 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 crême 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 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 has an outdoor terrace as well as a hidden garden for private parties.