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||Contact:|
|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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I booked pre-theatre offer at the restaurant in the afternoon at 1730 which was the earliest I could book (restriction on booking timing from 1730 to 1815). After I finished second course it was getting close to the musical starting time so I asked the waitress if she could bring the dessert given the timing of the musical. Once the dessert was put on the table I started digging in but not long after that I saw an insect in my dessert!! I was stunned as I was absolutely not expecting the food quality and safety level at a Michelin starred restaurant was as such! I called the waitress over and showed her the insect. She took the plate away without providing any options for solving the issue. As you would understand - I had lost all of my appetite by then. Hence, I asked for bill settlement. However, at the same time two more dessert plates were put on my table which was an illogical and – to an extent - rude gesture: 1) the waitress knew that I was running out of time given the musical schedule; 2) those two plates were coming from the same kitchen where there were insects. I was asked to pay the full bill with no good gesture from the restaurant after all of this. I did not have a choice as I was already late for the musical!
The experience I had at the restaurant was unacceptable to any extent. If Galvin at Windows wants to position as a Michelin starred restaurant and at the same time allow this level of service and food to be provided to customers with an extremely short-term sight on profitability – outlook of the restaurant is deeply worrying.
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!
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.
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.