Galvin Café a Vin
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Time Out rating:
Time Out says
Fri Sep 24 2010
The Galvin brothers’ empire now includes (in order of opening) Galvin Bistrot de Luxe (a benchmark for bistros, in Marylebone); Galvin at Windows (haute cuisine, with views from the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton); and Galvin La Chapelle (the beautiful refashioning of St Botolph’s Hall).
Galvin Café a Vin sits next to the last of these, in a slightly confusing arrangement that includes terraces at front and back, a bar area and quite a small dining space. It can’t match La Chapelle for decor or dish dazzle, but it’s handsome enough, and prices are considerably kinder on the wallet.
Charcuterie maison with celeriac remoulade and cornichons was a generous, well-balanced platter (and only £7.50); crab salad with cucumber, avocado and bottarga was also good, if (bizarrely, given the ingredients) a tad bland. Calf’s liver with red chicory, speck, figs and balsamic packed more of a punch; the liver was first rate and cooked just-so. Sea trout with samphire was also well flavoured, with a real blast of the sea. Chocolate and hazelnut pot de crème, plus a fine macchiato, rounded off the meal nicely.
As the name suggests (it opened as Café de Luxe, but has since been renamed Café a Vin) there’s an emphasis on wine, with plenty by the glass and ‘pot’ as well as by the bottle. A useful, grown-up spot.
Galvin Café a Vin London
- Cross Street:
entrance on Bishops Square
020 7299 0404
- Opening hours:
Lunch served 11.30am-3pm daily. Dinner served 6-10.30pm Mon-Sat; 6-9.30pm Sun
Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail or Shoreditch High Street rail
Main courses £15-£17.50. Set meal (lunch, 6-7pm) £14.95 2 courses
Galvin Café a Vin
- 020 7299 0404
- Galvin Café a Vin
Food and drink
Eating and drinking facilities. Restaurant. Restaurant and bar facilities. Reservations required. Accessible facilities. Outdoor facilities. Tables outdoors