Last week I celebrated my 33rd Birthday. They say birthdays get less special as you get older which I guess is kind of true. However, this was my first birthday as a Mummy, so for me it was one of the most special yet.
After waking up with my little family and opening my presents, Adam informed me that Max was going to his Nanny Kim’s for a sleepover and we were off to London for lunch at Galvin at Windows. We celebrated our anniversary here last year and had the most amazing meal so I knew I was in for a lovely afternoon.
Situated on the 28th floor of the London Hilton hotel on Park Lane and in the heart of Mayfair, Michelin-starred Galvin at Windows is widely known for its amazing views over London, including some of the most iconic sites: from the sky scrapers of the City, to the London Eye, Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and Wembley Stadium to name a few.
The food style is classical French and the Sunday 3 course set menu is priced at £50 (side dishes and drinks excluded).
General Manager of Galvin at Windows, and star of Channel 4’s ‘First Dates’, Fred Sirieix, is an expert in hospitality. He has a theory that his staff should see, smile and say hello to you before you have a chance to do it first. He also believes diners should receive 5 smiles from his staff before they are seated at their table, making them feel relaxed and welcome.
When we arrived we were shown into the bar area where we enjoyed cocktails whilst overlooking Buckingham Palace. We were then shown to our table (and indeed received the ‘5 smiles’ mentioned above). We had a lovely table in the window with gorgeous views of Hyde Park, a perfect setting.
I’ll be honest that when it came to the starters there wasn’t really anything on the menu that took our fancy so I spoke to the Manager and explained this. After a quick conversation with the chef he informed me that they could make me something ‘off menu’ so I had a gorgeous Summer vegetable tart. Adam was a bit braver than me and had the Asian beef steak tartare with wasabi mayonnaise & pickled vegetables. Whilst he was proud of himself for ordering something different, he won’t be in a hurry to eat it again.
For the main course we both had roasted breast of corn fed chicken, coco beans & girolle ragoût. This was amazing. The chicken was so succulent and tender it literally melted in your mouth. We accompanied this with a side of mash potatoes.
Adam is a huge chocolate lover so dessert was an obvious choice for him and he had the valrhona chocolate fondant, nougat parfait & orange ice cream. I had the caramelised apple tart, frangipane & Madagascan vanilla ice cream.
Overall we left with full stomachs and having had a great afternoon. I must admit we felt the choice of starters were slightly lacking and didn’t cater to everyone’s needs, but the rest of the menu certainly made up for that. The meal came to a total of £176 which included the 3 courses each, side dishes, 2 cocktails, 2 whisky and coke’s and the service charge. We think for a Michelin-starred experience this wasn’t too bad and when you take into account the amazing service you receive it was worth every penny. We can’t wait to return again in the future as soon as we can come up with another excuse for a mummy and daddy day off!