Galatoire’s, the New Orleans institution which first opened in 1905, will run a three-day pop-up at the Colony Grill Room in London’s Beaumont Hotel at the end of this month.
In the city’s 38 Essential restaurant list, Eater New Orleans describes the restaurant thus:
“This jackets-required grand dame of Bourbon Street is renowned for its festive Friday lunch (prepare to stand in line and have a ball), but the 112-year-old restaurant also serves its incredible shrimp remoulade and pompano with crab meat for those in search of dinner (or lunch on a less crowded day) that's as old school Nola as it comes. Don't bother looking at the menu. Just ask your waiter what to order.”
The five-star Beaumont hotel which belongs to the Corbin and King group (Wolseley, Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel) will be the setting. The Louisianan menu, which is steeped in French heritage (and language) is predominantly oriented around fish and seafood.
Dishes to expect at the pop-up include: oysters rockefeller; seafood gumbo; shrimp remoulade and crab maison; but also chicken “Clemenceau” with mushrooms, peas and garlic Brabant potatoes; and a bread pudding with bananas Foster sauce.
Alongside the pop-up, a series of wine dinners will take place in the Lotos Rooms at the hotel. Louis Jadot, Veuve Clicquot and Daou Vineyard will all feature alongside matched dishes over the the course of the same three days. The five-course menus can be found here; all wine dinners are priced at £112.50 per person.
In a 2013 guide to “10 of the world’s greatest old dining Institutions,” The New York Times said Galatoire’s “stands out for maintaining standards without getting mired in the past. It’s not just the customers who’ve been eating the same Creole food for generations; many of the servers are legacies, too. Until 1999, Galatoire’s was famous for enforcing its no-reservations policy so democratically that even senators had to wait patiently in line for their turtle soup.”
Some on Twitter this morning were unconvinced that the restaurant will translate in London.
Good luck translating everything in this photo (especially the condensation on the glass, and what it represents) to Mayfair in September pic.twitter.com/99kvrwZlpK— George Reynolds (@go_scriptor) September 6, 2017
The pop-up has apparently been timed to coincide with the annual NFL game at Wembley: New Orleans Saints are scheduled to take on Miami Dolphins on Sunday 1 October.
Galatoire’s at the Beaumont will take place between Wednesday 27 — Saturday 30 September. To book, click here.