Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews and Recipes: All GLUTEN FREE!
At the luxurious Five Star Hilton Park Lane, London, on the top floor overlooking Hyde Park and the back gardens of Buckingham Palace, Galvin’s at Windows is the prestigious restaurant where GLUTEN FREE wasn’t a problem or concern. I had advised the restaurant of my dietary requirements and they had confirmed that it wouldn’t be any problem. The views from the 28th floor are great and whilst there are plenty of tables, it never felt crowded or too busy.
Our waiters were all very helpful and immediately confirmed that the whole Menu could be made GF so I was to make my selection and the Chefs would make the appropriate arrangements. It was refreshing that I could choose without any restrictions. After I had made my selections, GLUTEN FREE bread was presented alongside the regular bread which was served warm and tastefully wrapped in a white linen napkin.
Menu: Groupon Offer with three courses and a Bellini for £30.
I selected the soup (Pea velouté, Burford Brown egg, smoked haddock & potato salad) which was served without the egg (as I don’t tolerate egg yolks) and poured hot into the bowl at the table. This performance added to the starter course and was absolutely delicious. It had the distinct flavour of peas with a certain freshness of spring /summer. Accompanied with the GLUTEN FREE bread, this was an excellent starter.
My main course was the Belly Pork (Slow cooked pork belly, Boudin noir, apple compote & sage ju). Whilst I didn’t really like the modern crackling that was served with the pork and would have preferred a traditional fatty and deliciously crunchy piece of crackling, it was still a substantial portion and a good meal. The accompanying black pudding was very strong in flavour and my fellow diner also enjoyed the same main course and it looked just like mine, as it was a GLUTEN FREE dish!
Not one for desserts and sweet things, I opted for the Vanilla Creme Brulee (with poached Rhubarb and Rhubarb sorbet). Of course, I loved cracking the sugar top and tasting the creamy Creme Brulee alongside soft melting pieces of poached rhubarb which still had a sharpness which contrasted with the creaminess of the pudding. The sorbet was eaten rather quickly as it was divine.
Another joy of this meal was the details of the arrangements. When they served coffee, they came with GLUTEN FREE chocolates and when they brought the bill (oh why do they have to!), it came with hand-made GLUTEN FREE Marshmallows and lots of serving staff. They also recognised that this was a special meal, and provided us with a postcard (with a pen) which were invited to complete. These were then sent anywhere in the world, to celebrate our meal. I can confirm that I did send a postcard to my Mum and within a few days, she confirmed that she had received it. These little gestures helped make the lunch both luxurious as well as special and of course, GLUTEN FREE.