Being time-strapped Londoners we can’t get enough of the joy of someone else cooking a Sunday roast for us and chances are, like me, you’ve probably done the rounds of your local pubs looking for ‘the’ Sunday roast, just like the one your mum used to cook for you.
The good news is that I’ve found the ultimate Sunday roast at Galvin La Chapelle and it’s nothing like mum’s roast – it’s even better.
Housed in a beautiful old Victorian chapel slap bang in the middle of Spitalfields, the restaurant does a roaring trade in the week feeding the city’s hungry bankers and their clients but at the weekend, the pace slows down a bit allowing Londoners the chance to enjoy the stunning building coupled with exemplary service and truly delicious food.
On Sundays you can enjoy a leisurely three course lunch including the exemplary crab lasagne but the star of the show is the roast. We both went for the roast beef and weren’t disappointed. The meat was exemplary, cooked perfectly pink and melt-in-the mouth delicious. Served with a giant Yorkshire pudding, buttered carrots, green beans and roasties, it’s topped off with gravy served in a silver jug. I’ve never tasted such a great Sunday roast – the Galvin brothers have managed to combine their high class French style cooking with a British favourite and come up trumps.
Of course you don’t have to go for the beef – roast pork belly with spiced puy lentils is equally delicious while pescatarians will love the pan fried sea bream with mussels. As you’d expert from a restaurant of this standard the desserts are fantastic too – with four choices for fussy eaters.
At £34.50 a head for three courses, this is a very reasonable way of enjoying a first class dining experience. You can also opt for a carafe of wine at £9 a head but I’d go for a bottle and enjoy a pleasant slow Sunday lunch. Even better, take your mum – just to see who does the better roasties.
35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY; galvinrestaurants.com