Take your tast buds on tour this month

Posted: 18/08/2016 in News
5 Course Tasting menus at our Baker Street or Spitalfields restaurants Galvin Restaurants


This August we are continuing a tradition which we’ve been enjoying for a few years now – the creation of seasonal tasting menus bringing the very best of what we can do with the produce of high summer to the table. At Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street, head chef Tom Duffill and his team have created a series of elegant variations on a theme to give a distinct twist on a series of classics, while our Spitalfields restaurant La Chapelle head chef Eric Jolibois and his team have varied those themes again to create an elegant mix of summer flavours. At both restaurants our sommeliers have also been busy, matching each dish to pairings from the capacious cellars. The subtle variations in dishes are amplified and enhanced by the differing pairings, offering the gastronome a significantly differing yet equally wonderful experience when visiting either our Baker street or Spitalfields restaurant.

When it comes to selecting ingredients to create these menus, August of course brings an almost unfeasibly rich selection – after all, the 1st of the month is Lammas or "Loaf Mass”, a celebration which predates the Christian Harvest Festival, and the growing season is turning to the harvest season. The fields and orchards of Britain and Europe start to groan with summer vegetables, berries and other soft fruit which provide great inspiration not just for puddings but whose sweet-tarte balance can draw the best flavours from savoury dishes as well. For example, lush Rhône peaches give that counterpoint in the Goosnargh duck liver parfait which provides the starter at La Chapelle – paired by our sommelier team with Charles Smith’s Kung Fu Girl Riesling, whose white stone fruit and shiro plum notes proceed into an elegant minerality, giving the pairing a breadth and elegance which is hard to beat.

Part of the ethos of our tasting menus is providing new flavours and combinations but of course there are some classics which not only would it be near-sacrilege to omit but are luckily perfectly in season themselves. This is the case with our Lasagne of Dorset Crab with beurre Nantais & pea shoots. A signature dish at both Baker Street and Spitalfields restaurants, it’s hard to say anything which hasn’t already been said about this dish but the pairing of it with a 2015 Falerio dei Colli Ascolani "Oris” is something a little special. The crisp minerality brings out the delicate seafood flavours and adds a layered tang to draw the two together.
Landes chicken is rightly revered for the region’s approach to sustainable poultry farming and of course the breed which has been reared there since the Spanish introduced in the 8th century. Fed almost exclusively on whole-grain maize, they have a stronger, more archetypally chicken flavour than less well-husbanded birds and it is from these we drew the main course for both tasting menus. At Bistrot de Luxe the superb moistness of pot-roasted Landes chicken matches with Scottish girolles – not long since available to eager chefs  - and a deeply complimentary blend of tarragon and smoked sweetcorn. Over in Spitalfields, at La Chapelle chef Jolibois and his team have made a risotto of girolles and soft herbs which draws out the softly pungent nature of the ingredients and balances the moist chicken. Matched to a 2014 Brachetto d’Acqui, a wine so sought-after by some that it is almost a cult, this pairing is one not to pass up.

We will leave the rest to your imagination for now but you can see the full menus and book here – only available until 5 September though, we hope to see you soon.


Take your tast buds on tour this month

Take your tast buds on tour this month