One side of Galvin HOP nudges up against hip East London marketplace Spitalfields, while the other hugs La Chappelle (its Michelin-starred sibling). A neat mix of both its neighbours, all exposed brick and primary colours with Pilsner Urquell on tap, Galvin HOP is trendy but not try hard, cool but comfortably so. It’s a cosy cafe, a smart bistro, and everything in between.
From Galvin HOP’s menu, it’s clear where it draws inspiration from. There are charcuterie boards and wines from the Rhône Valley to get started. There’s a quiet understanding that requesting beef ‘well done’ just isn’t done, ever. Artichoke salad gives the bud centre stage atop almonds, honey and rocket. The Alsacienne tart flambée is light, crisp, comforting, topped with crème fraîche and lardons, and brought to the table hot from the oven. For dessert, there’s a cheese baguette on offer. Galvin HOP is Paris all over.
Sunday mornings at Galvin HOP are reserved for brunch – think buttermilk pancakes and eggs Benedict beneath a broad skylight window. But turn up a little later and a roast dinner with all the trimmings is the order of the day. Tender pink cuts of beef – the only meat available here, it’s worth noting – are piled next to fluffy potatoes, seasonal vegetables and a Yorkshire pudding that’s the size of a small plant pot.
For something sweet, the rich Valrhona chocolate and salted caramel mousse is hands-down heavenly. The surprisingly light blood orange and marmalade cheesecake, a version with no biscuit base but plenty of cream cheese, is too.
With two of London’s top restaurateurs at its helm – the Galvin brother duo – you’re in four very safe hands at Galvin HOP.