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.

 

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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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Avatar for Christy O
tastemaker

After wanting to try this restaurant for ages, my boyfriend treated me for my birthday.

The service was 5*, as was the food and drink.

We had the £35 lunch menu which had 3 courses and a Bellini. Although you only get two choices per course, this suited us and we thought it was a bargain for a Michelin starred restaurant.

The food was cooked to perfection and the addition of chocolates was lovely when we ordered coffee.

As it was my birthday, they sent out an extra cake, however I was a little bit disappointed that we weren't sat by the window.

The view was excellent, but when seated you don't have 360 degree views due to the raised seating section in the middle, so it's worth a wander round the floor after.

Overall we had a lovely time and would definitely go back.

Avatar for SophieD
tastemaker

Visited this restaurant with a friend who had a Groupon voucher for 'Picnic in the Sky'. We got a cocktail each and a platter including chicken wings, mini burgers and mini pound cakes. Everything was delicious, the service was impeccable (you pay service charge on top of the voucher). We finished the food quite quickly and stayed for more (non-alcoholic) drinks, as we couldn't stretch to the £16 cocktail prices. Our booking was at 8pm which was a perfect time to watch the sunset over London and then also see the bright lights when it got a bit darker. I'm so used to seeing London views which include the river, it was nice to see a different side of London.

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Avatar for M W

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.

Avatar for Nicole
tastemaker

A friend and I had a voucher for cocktails and a picnic sharing platter in the bar. We managed to book a table on a Friday night and was amazed to find we had seats overlooking Hyde Park, especially considering we were using a voucher. We had an amazing experience from start to finish and loved every minute of our experience at Galvin’s. The staff were all friendly and added a personal touch. The bar itself was very impressive and the live DJ created a very chilled atmosphere, perfect for unwinding and catching up with friends before the weekend. The picnic sharing platter was perfect, we especially loved the mini burgers! Having looked at the bar menu, the cocktails ranged from about £12-£19, so a little pricey, however perfect for a little treat!

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Avatar for Kishma S
Tastemaker

Galvin was every bit as amazing as I thought it would be. 


We booked for lunch at 12.30 and the restaurant was almost empty when we arrived but heaving by the time we left after 14.00. 


We were seated in the middle of the restaurant, with minimal views of the city, what I basically felt were 'the cheap seats' for everyone who was on the set menu but not everyone had have the best seats in the house.


I'll be honest, my artichoke salad wasn't the most amazing thing I've ever eaten but there's only so much you can do with artichoke so I dont hold the chef entirely responsible. The rest of the food and service were everything you would expect for this type of restaurant and the additional chocolates and marshmallows were the icing and the cherry on the proverbial cake. 

Even with the set menu it is as pricey as you would expect by the time you add a glass of wine and a digestif unless you plan on accompanying your Michelin starred meal with tap water. Well worth it for a special occasion.

Avatar for 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!

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Avatar for 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.

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Avatar for 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! 

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Avatar for 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!

Avatar for 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!

Avatar for 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.

Avatar for 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.