Galoupet, named after the Provencal wine estate of the same name, is just what Knightsbridge was crying out for: a restaurant, bar and wine shop that opens for breakfast, lunch and dinner that offers a menu of healthy Mediterranean and Asian dishes accompanied by a choice of 36 wines available by the glass served using the Enomatic® system.
Galoupet's Beauchamp Place window featuring a bottle of their Chateau du Galoupet rosé
For those who haven’t experienced it, the Enomatic® system has revolutionised the way wine can be served. Until its inception, wines that could be enjoyed by the glass were generally limited to the lower end of any restaurant’s list but now Enomatic® machines allow Galoupet to offer their full range by the glass. The machines work by conserving the wine through the injection of an inert nitrogen gas in the same volume as that that is removed in each serving, thereby preserving taste and allowing consumers to experience great wines without having to buy a whole bottle. Beginning with a crisp white Insolia IGT Feudo di Butera 2010 from Italy for £8.90 for a 250ml glass, the Galoupet list progresses through such offerings as a funkily named £14 250ml Kung Fu Girl Riesling from America to such gems as a Chateau Musar 1995 for £55.50 a glass. For those dining alone, eating with someone who doesn’t drink or who like to sample a selection of wines with a meal, this is a system that works just perfectly and friends have commented that they’d love to spend hours experimenting with them. Galoupet also uniquely possesses “The Flute,” London’s first Enomatic® system for sparkling wines and champagne that features a selection such as Ca Bolani Prosecco Brut for £5 for a 125ml glass through to Krug Grand Cuveé at £35 a glas
Galoupet's Enomatic® wine system
The Galoupet team is of the finest provenance. Headed by Operations Director, Shaan Mahrotri, a creative entrepreneur, Galoupet’s front of house is the most affable Vychith Heuang-Praseuth, formerly of Asia de Cuba and Sake No Hana, and their head chef is Chris Golding, formerly of Zuma and Nobu Berkeley Street.
Golding has developed a menu that is both healthy and tempting. Ingredients are from smaller, artisanal suppliers such as O’Shea’s and the focus has been on creating lively dishes that showcase light, fresh and clean tastes. Galoupet’s menu is seasonal in nature and includes a great value £15 lunch menu, a £55 tasting menu that comes accompanied by paired wines for each dish and an extensive à la carte offering drawn from the very best of Mediterranean and Asian cusines. Amongst them are a delicious corn crusted courgette, red pepper marmalade and goats' curd plate (£6.50), stone bass with sumac and beetroot risotto (£9), Norfolk white free range chicken with miso, pear and ginger (£12) and Chinese braised beef cheeks with wet polenta and liquorice carrots (£10.50).
Breakfasts are served from 8am and feature granola with organic yoghurt, milk or soya milk (£6), organic smoked salmon with scrambled free range eggs, goats' curd and honey (£12), free range eggs baked in a Josper grill with O’Shea’s white pudding back bacon, apple and sour dough (£10.50). A variety of side dishes, teas from The Rare Tea Company and freshly squeezed juices are also available.
Noel Coward once said: “Why do I drink champagne for breakfast? Doesn’t everybody?” Galoupet have seized on this mantra and also offer a Krug breakfast for £40 that includes smoked salmon, goats' cheese, acacia honey on walnut toast accompanied by a glass of this fine champagne. What could be a better way to start the day?
The main dining space at Galoupet
Galoupet’s décor is informal, welcoming and accessible and features white banquettes faced by wishbone chairs by the Danish designer Hans J Wegner. Angled mirrors and hidden lighting complete the look. The main restaurant area is on the ground floor and complemented by a chic bar below with a private dining area for eight. For those looking for a larger entertaining space, a further private room will be completed on the first floor shortly.
Fay Maschler was suitably impressed and gave Galoupet four out of five. I have to agree with her when she comments: "Galoupet serves the kind of vivacious food that I like to eat and wines I want to explore,” so if you’re looking for somewhere to try for breakfast, lunch, drinks or dinner in Knightsbridge, I’d also recommend you make Galoupet your first choice as a pit stop.
Galoupet, 13 Beauchamp Place, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1NQ. Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7036 3600. Website: http://www.galoupet.co.uk
Read Fay Maschler’s review at http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/restaurants/review-23969905-galoupet-sw3---review.do
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