I class myself as very lucky being so close to London and hundreds if not thousands of fantastic restaurants to choose from. The problem though with this is how hard it can be choosing somewhere to eat so when I was invited along to The Galvin at The Athenaeum Hotel I jumped at the chance of reviewing somewhere new.
The Athenaeum Hotel is located in Mayfair and just a short walk from The Ritz and Green Park making it a really central location and really easy to find as strolled along from the station. Galvin is the restaurant which sits inside the beautiful hotel and Michelin-starred London chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin are the brains behind the restaurant. The menu in short champions British homegrown produce and supports independant farmers across the UK.
We arrived a little before our booking so were taken to the bar to wait and it was such a lovely space with greenery surrounding the windows outside, comfortable velvet bucket seats and a spirit and cocktail list to die for. As both me and Luke are gin fans we each picked a different gin to trial and it was so nice to have a selection of gins that we’d never heard of before. We were so relaxed in the bar that we actually ended up heading into the restaurant 10 minutes after our reservation was booked for *oops*.
I started with a whitebait starter as I feeling a bit of fish, and Luke decided to try the Steak Tarte and both were really tasty. With the whitebait the coating was thin that it didn’t overpower the tasty crispy fish inside, and the Steak Tarte was incredibly seasoned and so soft.
For the mains I opted for the special recommended by our waiter which was the Beef Cheek which Asparagus and mash while Luke went for the Rib Eye with chips and green peppercorn sauce.
The beef cheek that I had was the softest meat I have ever eaten, I could cut it through with just my fork and the sauce and mash which accompanied it was incredibly tasty. Luke dimished his Rib Eye steak and even though he’s not usually a fan of chunky chips they were crispy and fluffy at the same time.
For once we had space for desert so Luke opted for a selection of sorbets and ice creams and I had the chocolate mousse with pistachio and almond biscuits which was a fantastic end to our meal.
From the second we sat down to the second we left the staff were so intentive but not smothering. You know when staff can come over just a bit too much and it can get on your nerves, this wasn’t like that and was perfect, just what you’d expect from a higher end restaurant.
For the quality of food that you get the restaurant is well worth the money and there’s an absolutely fantastic value set menu which is just £24.50 for three courses and you can choose to have this between 12pm and 230pm Monday- Friday or 530pm-7pm any day of the week, the later being the perfect time to eat before a show.