Classy cooking and cocktails plus killer views have helped make Galvin at Windows, one of the capital’s most talked about destinations
Everything about this Michelin starred French restaurant from Chris and Jeff Galvin – the brothers behind five five London restaurants (Galvin Bistrot De Luxe in Marylebone, Galvin La Chapelle and Café à Vin in Spital Square, Galvin Demoiselle at Harrods in Knightsbridge and Galvin at Windows) elates.
Located on the 28th floor of the plush Park Lane Hilton hotel, the elegant interior prickles with an air of excitement as the attentive staff show you to your table.
Once seated, order a glass of champagne and prepare to browse Head Chef Joo Won’s superb menu - think seasonally inspired modern French haute cuisine.
After a terrific tapendade, Haute Time enjoyed two faultless first courses. A salad of Asparagus, slow cooked duck egg, morels, reblochon cream and ice wine vinegar was a riot of flavour and the Marinated Loch Fyne salmon, Dorset crab, orange, beetroot and horseradish cream suitably sublime.
Main courses were also excellent. The Rack of Cornish lamb, pea purée, spring vegetables, lamb Bolognese & mint jus proved flavoursome and tender while the Wild garlic & quinoa tortellini was both beautifully cooked and presented.
The Caramelised apple tarte tatin served with Tahitian vanilla ice cream proved a fitting finale or if you’re in an adventurous mood, more out-there desserts include Rum baba, golden raisin compote and crème Fontainebleau and a Hot soufflé of lemon and caramelia chocolate with rosemary ice cream.
Service is polished if a little slow but then in such stunning surroundings, why would you want to rush? For it’s not just the food that delights: expect to be greeted with a stunning panorama of the capital’s skyline where 360 degree views of landmark sites such as Hyde Park and Buckingham Palace come as standard.
Other attractions include the adjoining Galvin at Windows Bar where you can enjoy top notch cocktails (on a hot summer’s evening, the Indian Flower comes hugely recommended) and the jaw dropping vistas, until a none too shabby 2.30am.
Bottom line? We say “oui“. If you’re in the mood for some fabulous French fare in a stunning setting, head here. But don’t leave it to chance: book.
Galvin at Windows, 22 Park Lane, W1 (020 7208 4021;http://www.galvinatwindows.com)