Galvin at Windows

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Few restaurants offer such captivating views of London, but the panorama from the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton was, sadly, the best thing about our most recent visit here. Start, if you like, in the adjoining bar, which attracts a raucous crowd unfazed that bottles of Budweiser come with a lofty price tag of £7.50. A well-mannered and plentiful service team runs the swanky dining room.

Menus range from a £25 set lunch to a £95 dégustation. We settled for the prestige menu (£68) and found blips throughout the meal, starting with humdrum parmesan gougères with taramasalata. Much better was a pleasingly balanced starter of lightly curried Scottish scallops with cauliflower purée, mango chutney and roast peanuts, though the scallops were under-seared. Tender loin of Herdwick mutton was complemented by the warming flavours of onion (in various guises), pearl barley and ruby chard. The dish came with a separate helping of shepherd’s pie that, despite being over-salted, was deemed a hit. Buttermilk panna cotta with marinated pineapple was let down by a watery lychee granita, but lime and raspberry marshmallows ensured a joyful end.

The enterprising wine list offers 40 choices by the glass. We hope Galvin at Windows returns to its previous lofty standards soon – a new era is being ushered in following the departure of head chef Andre Garrett in September 2013.

 

Venue name: Galvin at Windows
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Address: 28th floor
Park Lane
London
W1K 1BE
Cross street: London Hilton
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-2.30pm Mon-Fri; 11.45am-3pm Sun. Dinner served 6-10pm Mon-Wed; 6-10.30pm Thur-Sat
Transport: Tube: Green Park or Hyde Park Corner
Price: Set lunch £25 2 courses, £29 3 courses (£45 incl half bottle of wine, mineral water and coffee). Set dinner £39-£68 3 courses. Set meal (noon-2pm, 6-9pm) £95 tasting menu (£160 incl wine); £95 5 courses
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Vieve W
Tastemaker

Galvin at Windows is an impressive and luxe dining establishment. Situated on the 28th floor of the Hilton on Park Lane, it was always going to be something fancy.

My friend and I went there to eat on a Thursday night (Thursday is the new Friday!) And it was super busy. We had a reservation so assumed we would be seated quickly, which we were. However, we had the misfortune of being shoved in the corner away from the food (and the other diners), next to the service hub and the wine fridges. Our table wasn't laid, no napkins or a piece of cutlery in sight. We had to ask for all of this and eventually received them.

We were there to eat a picnic platter special with cocktails bit were not even asked if we wanted to look at the a La carte menu, which we thought was ridiculous.

The food however was delicious. Our favourites, were the mini burgers and the Korean chicken bites. So so yummy! The cocktails were lush too.

Though the service on this occasion left a lot to be desired, I would return for the food and hopefully for an actual view!

TheMixedMedic
Tastemaker

Located in the Hilton hotel on Park Lane, Galvin offers Michelin star food with scenic views of London. I went for a friends birthday and they even allowed us to walk through the kitchens afterwards so that we could stand on the balcony and admire the evening city skyline. 

We were so in love with the marshmallows (probably one of the few tables still with enough stomach space to polish off a jar of the soft squares) they made us each little foil swans as goodie bags.

Ed. T
Tastemaker

Galvin at Windows was a Valentine's Day treat for my girlfriend and I, taking advantage of a special set menu for £29, including 3 courses and a bellini cocktail to get us started. From the moment we stepped in to the hotel and to leaving it, the whole experience was rather special! 


Part of the Hilton, the attendants downstairs ordered a lift for us that took us directly to the eloquent restaurant level. The hostess directed us to our table, and within moments we'd been offered drinks, menu, an introduction as well as 2 postcards that they would post for us to anywhere in the world.


I've been to several Michelin star restaurants before, and Galvin is perfect as one of the more casual places that won't make anyone feel uncomfortable. There's a real buzz in the restaurant with people talking and laughing, and the waiters are all happy to chat over any topic from the menu and restaurant to other recommendations in London. 


The food itself was superb, with some really interesting cooking and unique dishes like kimchee risotto, and an artichoke dish that I would love to eat again! 


Overall, a fantastic experience that won't break the bank if you're looking for something special. Highly recommended and am already planning to go back again! 

Carmen
Staff Writer

I have visited Galvin at Windows once for a celebratory lunch party and I cannot stop thinking of going back ever since!! Not only the views on London are amazing but the food in your plate is delivered in a one Michelin Star style with great service! Its beautiful. classy and an outstanding venue. Definitely worth the money you will pay at the end of your gourmet lunch/diner.A special place for a special occasion!

Harriet

I visited the bar at Galvin at Windows with a group of girlfriends last summer and enjoyed some fantastic cocktails with an amazing view across London (even if it was raining!) The Maitre D is the lovely French man from Channel 4's 'First Dates', so if the views and cocktails aren't enough to attract you, he should be!

The Man on the Street

Got an invitation to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Wanted to make a day of it so booked a window table here - overlooking the palace. Its strange looking back as it was treat to go to tea with The Queen, but the real highlight was lunch. Wonderful food, awesome views. Rather a good start to a special day.

bigsands

I have had lunch at Galvin at Windows and the best thing about the restaurant is that it has amazing views, so it is a great place if you want to impress someone on a date or have a meeting with a client. It would benefit from a live ensemble to create some atmosphere, but there isn't too much space. Other venues like Coq D'Argent also have excellent views and more space to add live music.

Accepts Time Out Card

Free glass of champagne with dinner

Must order a minimum of 3 courses per person. Maximum party size of 6. Excludes bank holidays, special occasions and the month of December. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

This offer can be redeemed on week days between noon and 11pm. Don’t have a Time Out Card? Get yours here.