Galvin at Windows, Park Lane

Olympics? Bah humbug! In the words of a once great Axl Rose of Guns n’ Roses, “I’m not the only one, with whom these feelings I share…” It truly is going to be a whirlwind of madness, insanity and a lot of annoyed Londoners. Walking by the Hilton on Park Lane, one can barely recognise the hotel with all the tents and banners and Olympic-ness about it. I even got stopped for a pass. A pass? No sir, I want to go eat at the restaurant – gastronomy is my pass and it had better work! Apparently, today was the last day any public would be allowed into the hotel until the games finish as the entire hotel is being taken over by Olympic personnel and the restaurant, Galvin at Windows is now off lmits. So, whilst being lucky to have the last meal of the summer there, I echo my initial sentiments, bah humbug!  I’d been to Windows once, years ago when I was working at Bistrot deLuxe, as a guest of Chris and Jeff’s. Needless to say, the food and service and experience then was beyond perfect (VIP complimentary meals usually are!). This time around, it was a bit of a reunion of friends and ex-Galvin chefs from days of Orrery and Bistrot. With luck on our side, it wasn’t even raining and we had the best view of central London. Things were looking good… .

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Tomato, Watermelon
Gazpacho
Halibut
Raspberries

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Starting off with a summery salad of Heirloom tomatoes, bocconcini, watermelon, olive caramel was perfect – flavoursome ripe (and some unripe) tomatoes with all the classic accompaniments (well, the watermelon is different, but works a charm!).

Following this, came a complimentary middle course from the kitchen of Tomato gazpacho, heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, basil granite. I absolutely loved the gazpacho, though it was pretty much another plate of what I had for my starter.

Main course of Wild halibut, raisins, pine nuts, mash and verjus butter sauce was perfect and reminded me of a good Sole Veronique. A great hunk of halibut too, on the plate!

With desserts, we got a bit greedy and decided to have 4 between the 3 of us. First up was Sable of raspberries. Good juicy raspberries, verbena ice cream and a ‘brulee’ placed on top. Summer on a plate!

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Peanut butter
Tatin
Chocolates
Marshmallows

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My favourite dessert was easily Peanut butter parfait, milk ice cream, salted caramel popcorn. Perfect is about the only adjective fit for this. Divine too!

Who could resist the charm of a tarte tatin? Here it was Pear tart tatin, rosemary ice cream, nut caramel. Again, classic perfection.

And when it came time for the petit fours, we were suitably too stuffed and a bit hazy on the wine. But there were salted caramel, red wine truffles. Lime and strawberry marshmallows.

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Complimentary offerings: middle course and wine

Food: 8

Recommend you go: 8
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