Chris and Jeff Galvin have been producing some of this country’s finest French food for 10 years. It all started in their Baker Street restaurant Bistrot de Luxe, and to mark the occasion, this year they will be serving some of their signature plates for their ‘Dishes of the Decade’ celebrations.
Since the doors opened at Bistrot de Luxe, the brothers have been celebrated for their take on French cuisine; a focus on simplicity, passion and seasonality have always been the cornerstones of their cookery. This philosophy has carried on to their following six restaurants, but to mark the anniversary they are bringing some of their favourite dishes back to where it all started.
‘After five years, we made a plate and gave it to all our favourite customers, but the day comes and goes, so we had the idea of celebrating for a whole year. When we first opened, people asked ‘what do you want from a bistrot?’ I said a word that no one uses anymore, which is longevity, to be in business in ten years time. And like all things in life, it goes so quickly and here we are’
The occasion is not about reviving old favourites for one month only - January and February’s dishes of Lasagne of Dorset crab, Apple tarte Tatin and Crêpes Suzette are all mainstays of the Bistrot de Luxe menu, dictated somewhat by the fiercely loyal customer base’s adoration of the dishes. Lasagne of Dorset crab in particular has become a somewhat iconic dish at the restaurant - the perfect kick of richness and decadence you expect from the best French food, alongside a pillowy lightness that is frankly unforgettable. If you know someone who has eaten this dish, they are likely to have raved about it.