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Posh Lunch Club at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Another day, another Posh Lunch Club. This, my friends, is why none of my clothes fit me right now. I wish I was exaggerating! How can I go about continuing my lifestyle as savoury cookie monster, without putting on weight, or going to the gym? No purging either please. There has got to be an answer. Answers in a comment.

This lunch date was at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, one of the Galvin brothers numerous outposts in London. I ate at sister restaurant Galvin La Chapelle last year and really enjoyed the well executed and elegant French food. I was very much looking forward to (belatedly) trying the Bistrot. It has been recommended to me by many people for years.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

I was meeting fellow blogger and good friend, Sig of Scandilicious for lunch. I arrived first, and was immediately taken by the authentic Parisian buzz, high ceilings, low lit and low lamps, mirrors lining the walls, and lots of diners chattering surrounded by hues of brown and cream. It was a very elegant space with a charming atmosphere. I was glad Sig had suggested it, and was asking myself why I hadn’t been before.

I sat down and absorbed it all, perusing the set lunch menu, which is an absolute bargain at £15.50, running 7 days a week, including Sunday. This, in my Posh Lunch Club experience is fairly unusual. The set menu is also available in the evenings from 6-7pm.

There are two options for each course, which is normal for this kind of deal, and absolutely fine for me. It may be a bit trickier for vegetarians, impossible for those that don’t eat fish, but it is a French restaurant, and they don’t do vegetarian well. I am tempted to say Why Should They? Not because I dislike vegetarians, or vegetarian options, I often order them myself. Done well, vegetarian food can be fantastic. French food, however, is steeped in a history of rich meaty stocks and marrow, and I don’t think they should change that to suit a minority.

Sig and I chose a nice carafe of white wine, we asked the sommelier for something that would broadly suit our choices and it was a lovely one, which sadly, I can’t remember. It’s in a notebook somewhere, no doubt under a box, and in another box by now.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

For starter I had the Velouté of Pumpkin & Parmesan, which was a really perfect soup. Rich and savoury, with the fruitiness of the pumpkin playing with the umami rich parmesan, I was thinking about it for a few days. Sig went for the Mackerel Escabeche, which was perfectly nice, but nothing could extract me psychologically from my soup, sorry velouté, so I took a hurried bite and retreated swiftly to my bowl of liquid pleasure.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

We went for the same main course, Roast Pavé of Icelandic Cod, Pistou Vegetables. The cod was very nice, well cooked, nice crispy skin, but the pistou vegetables were a little underwhelming. Not bad for the price overall but a little lacking in ooomph. Grilled Calves Liver, White Polenta and Smoked Bacon was also on offer.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

For dessert, how could I resist the rhubarb? We’re almost out of the pretty-in-pink forced rhubarb season, and that sends me into a blind culinary panic. It came in the form of Buttermilk Panacaotta, Poached Rhubarb. I enjoyed the slight tang of the wobbly panacotta, but found the rhubarb a bit tough, which is a shame. Perhaps they undercooked them to retain a firm shape for presentation, but it took from the dessert. Brie de Meaux with Walnut and Raising Loaf was the other option. Once I saw the R word, I was blind to it though.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

So, overall, I really enjoyed it, after all, a meal is the sum of its parts, not just about the food, while it is very important. While the service was quite formal, it really fitted with the room and, dare I say it, it felt truly French. I really felt removed from my everyday existence here, I felt like I was in Paris. Sometimes, that’s all you need. The food was good overall, the wine a great match and a good sipper, and Sig was excellent company. What a bargain it was too. I heartily recommend it, and will be there again myself soon.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
66 Baker Street,
London, W1U 7DJ
United Kingdom

T: +44 (0) 20 7935 4007

http://www.galvinrestaurants.com

11 Comments

  1. it seems to have been an amazing lunch! I like all your choices, I think I would have gone for the same meal. It seems so fresh, tasty and delicious. Hope to be able to join the club soon!

  2. Rach says

    that looks like my kind of place. Gorgeous dining room.

    But, isn’t there a new EU ruling that all restaurants must now offer a vegetarian option? (Or am I fast-forwarding a year or two.)

    I’m afraid the answer to the weight gain question is good old fashioned calorie balance, viz. eat less on the days before and after the mighty meals.

    Sigh. I wish I had a more palatable answer.

  3. worried you are running out of decent places before its my turn! ;-)

    I’d have gone for the liver… not a great fan of fish…

  4. Londonelicious and American in London took me to Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and I have to say I loved it – can’t believe the price of the set lunch menu – what a bargain!

  5. Cracking value for a proper meal like this. Still can’t believe I worked next door to here for 4 and a half years and never managed to eat here. Damn it.

    My only solution for you to fit into your clothes is to embrace nudity.

  6. I love Galvin Bistro de Luxe – their set meals are always good value and I could go back again and again and again. It’s rare that set meals are always this good. Your choice looks great and the velouté I’ve had before has been really very good. A perfect lunch spot a world away from busy Baker St outside.

    As for the weight loss, I walk a lot and that seems to help – it;s 4.5 miles from home to work and I always try and walk home. Talking books on my iPhone really help here. That and only one big meal per day. Soup/museli/porridge/veggie stir fry or curry etc the rest of the time

  7. clairef says

    Wow, that cod looks stunning. No, it all looks stunning – and the rhubarb.

    As a long term foodie blog lurker and lover of eating, I can recommend Slimming World (honestly). I started it in Jan and as long as you are willing to make the little tweaks the rest of the time and perhaps pick the healthier menu choices most food is unlimited and i still eat out at least twice a week. It suits a greedy person like me anyway. I’ve lost over a stone since January.

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