Housed in the five star hotel, entering Galvin at The Athenaeum is a lavish affair, as we made our way past the comfortable lounge area to the restaurant itself. The restaurant is sleek and classy and hasn’t been over-designed, syncing with the decor of the hotel itself.
We were seated at a table for two towards the back of the restaurant and started our fine dining, michelin star experience with a glass of champagne!
For the first time, brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have moved away from their trademark French inspired menus and instead adopted a British style menu, championing home grown produce from independent farmers across the UK.
We ordered some Wheat Bread and Netherend Farm Butter for the table and were pleased to see that we weren’t presented with an overly large basket of bread which would ruin out appetite for the meal.
For starters we opted for Queen’s Garden with Fair Vodka, Raspberry, Lime, Crème de Mure & Plum Bitters. This was a beautifully presented dish, an extremely good portion for a starter. We also tried the Crisp Cornish Sardines, Tartare Sauce, which was a great dish to start a meal with as it was light but still full of flavor.
For our main courses we ordered the Presa Iberico Pork, Polenta, Romesco Sauce & Salsa Verde. This was a hearty dish packed full of delicious flavor, however we couldn’t finish it all as the dish was rather large which is definetley a plus.
On our waiter Paolo’s recommendation we also tried the Charcoal-Grilled Beef Rib Eye, Duck Fat Parmentier, Heritage Carrot & Watercress which was an ideal dish for the winter months as it was warming, wholesome and moreish.
The dessert menu looked irresistible and there were many winter warmer dishes such as Caramelised White Chocolate, Pistachio, Raspberry & Lemon Thyme Sorbet and even a Classic Apple Tart Tatin. However we ordered the Selection of Homemade Ice creams & Sorbets. We also couldn’t resist order the classic dessert that is Selection of British Cheeses, Crackers, Grapes & Celery. Both desserts were a dream and a perfect end of our meal.
The a la carte menu at Galvin At The Athenaeum is not overwhelmingly expensive, as is usually the case with michelin star restaurants.
Galvin at The Athenaeum. 116 Picadilly London, W1J 7BJ