Reviews and Awards

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Acclaim for Galvin Bistrot de Luxe - The Galvin brothers have made a name for themselves by giving bistro cooking a relaxed sense of luxury. Their signature tarte tatin is a case in point. This is no flouncy ‘haute’-style individual (read: tiny) tart. Instead you’re served a huge rustic slice, piled with caramelised chunks of apple. These sit on a base of buttery puff pastry: rich, decadent, and sweet with syrup. A dollop of chilled crème fraîche cuts through it all beautifully. more..

Time Out – Best 100 dishes 2012

Chris and Jeff Galvin have revved up bistro cuisine in London – and many now say they out-cook the Parisians at their own game.

Something odd is taking place. The course of two cuisines has taken an unexpected twist in a fable worthy of La Fontaine. British cooking, the tortoise, has crept up and overtaken the magnificent 'hare’ of French cuisine. But this is not only a case of British chefs outclassing French, it is one where they are beating them at their own game. Bistro cooking, the rootstock of French dining, is now in British hands, with two London chefs reputedly making a better fist of it than most French equivalents. more..

Daily Telegraph Nov 2009

The Galvin brothers have created a phenomenon: an outstanding restaurant…the cooking was of exceptionally high quality.

Time Out London Eating and Drinking 2008

Everything about this place feels so right…There’s excellent, well-timed service and a menu so stuffed full of good things that you’re planning a return visit before you’ve even ordered.

The Good Food Guide 2008

This is a French restaurant, as French as only two Englishmen who genuinely love classic French food can make it…For people who like food, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe really hits the spot.

Charles Campion’s London Restaurant Guide 2008

It was superb. It was all very well done, just like it should be. Steak tartar that my guest had was probably one of the best I've ever taste though.

Elena Leo, New Style Magazine

Chris and Jeff’s slick 2 year-old ‘Bistrot de Luxe’, in Marylebone, is rapidly emerging as a modern classic – cuisine bourgeois is beautifully executed and professionally served, in a classy and club-like setting.

Harden’s London Restaurants 2008

…A real bistro in London at last – the Galvin brothers’ highly hyped gem with its superb atmosphere, robust French food as it used to be and a fine wine list.

Zagat London Restaurants 2008

The brothers Galvin worked in some of London’s top kitchens before going it alone in order to create this classy bistro with a Parisian feel…Fittingly, the highly accomplished cooking is unmistakably Gallic, with great ingredients and superb flavours at value-for-money prices.

AA 2008 Restaurant Guide

… the unanimous verdict was that here was a place that deserves to become just as much of a fixture as The Wolseley. The celebs may not flock………. but that just leaves all the more room for the rest of us.

Tracey MacLeod - The Independent

What is exceptional about Galvin are the prices, which are remarkably ungreedy for central London, verging on the sensational… Great-value Galvin is all the excuse you need for hanging up your terrine-making apron. Forever.

Jan Moir - Daily Telegraph

The brothers Galvin, Chris and Jeff, who are the brains, energy and cooking skills behind Galvin, are two chefs with serious pedigree.

Matthew Fort Fabric Magazine

I really was so so impressed. Lovely staff, brilliant service, food was faultless, imaginative and lovely to meet the kitchen staff too. I loved the setting too – so authentically French. I’ve already got two friends booking on the back of my recommendation! Wonderful evening.

Kate Hilpern, i Magazine

We had a wonderful evening, the food was delicious and service fantastic.

Vivian Vassas, Zoomer