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Restaurant Review: Galvin at Windows Korean Tasting Menu

Galvin at Windows has launched a seven-course Korean tasting menu for the summer. Vicky Mayer heads to the Park Lane restaurant to see if it hits the mark

When Head Chef Joo Won decided he wanted to introduce something a little bit different to his menu at Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows, he didn’t do things by half. Together with owner Chris Galvin and General Manager Fred (First Dates) Siriex, Won travelled to his native South Korea to taste and explore the food and drink culture of this thriving country.

The result of the trip is his exciting new seven-course Korean Tasting Menu which features Korean favourites like kimichi, seaweed and dumplings. Despite his Korean roots, Won is known for his accomplished French cooking and with this new menu he has created a modern fusion menu of Korean and French cuisine that really hits the mark.

Working your way through a seven-course meal sounds like a massive task, but Won and his team have bought a light touch to each dish and really elevated this interesting cuisine, giving diners a great introduction to an often overlooked area of South East Asia.

Stand-out dishes for us were the first course of raw kingfish, cucumber, kohlrabi and sweet chilli, a delicate combination of flavours and textures, and the baked hake, Comte crust, spicy Iberico pork and cabbage showstopper that managed to fuse Korean style fish and cabbage with Spanish pork. It’s a fusion mash-up that really works, resulting in a dish that is worth putting on the main menu too.

The baked hake, Comte crust, spicy Iberico pork and cabbage showstopper fused Korean style fish and cabbage with Spanish pork. It’s a fusion mash-up that really works

Alcohol plays a big part in the dining experience too, and Won has cleverly matched many of the dishes with rice beer (which tastes like milky sake) and Soju based cocktails. Ask your waiter to show you the Korean bottles and cans too – they’re fantastically designed and decorated.

And dessert? Well I’m pleased to report there’s not a lurid green jelly or sickly tapioca dish in sight here. Instead, you’re treated to a delicious summer fruit salad and a shizo granita instead.

If you’ve ever wondered if you’d like Korean food, this menu is definitely worth checking out, with the view of London at 28 floors up and the friendly and knowledgeable staff, making a trip to Galvin at Windows this summer a must-do.

22 Park Lane W1K 1BE; galvinatwindows.com



 

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