The Pompadour by Galvin

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The Pompadour by Galvin
Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 222 8777
  • Food served Tue–Thu 6.30–10pm; Fri/Sat 6.00–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 6.30pm–7.30pm.
  • Average price £58 (set evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £30
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The Pompadour by Galvins
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the 2013 edition.

Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin shoot for an Edinburgh star at their Pompadour, secreted away in a sanctum of the Caledonian Hotel. It is a fittingly fine dining room, with castle view and a giant chandelier centrepiece among the Victoriana. Not all will relish the refinery, but the setting is splendid, and service impeccable. Whether you opt for the menu gourmand or go a la carte, you’ll be treated to amuse bouches like truffley smoked haddock arancini, then a chilled garlic velouté with duck and truffle cream. At every turn, in every dish, there are touches that please and surprise. To start, there is salmon with capered tartare sprinkled with mini croutons, decorated with a slinky coil of pickled cucumber, scallop beignet and crisp quail’s egg. Artichoke barigoule embellishes the already wonderful rabbit and ricotta ravioli. Assured mains include roast monkfish, and venison loin with turnip in curly fries form and ketchup-like red cabbage puree. A complimentary ‘pre-sert’ cleanses the palate before a generous cheese plate or artful desserts like pistachio cake, white chocolate cream, and a blood-orange duo of sorbet and jelly.

  • High point: Haute cuisine in a grand setting
  • Low point: Beware of drinks at five-star-hotel prices
  • Private dining: Up to 18 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 242
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: jazz
  • Capacity: 60
  • Largest group: 75
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 16
  • House wine: £26 per bottle

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1. tyke traveller28 Mar 2013, 11:21pm5 stars The Pompadour by Galvin Report

No no no ignore tha above. We have just had this evening one of the finest meals we have had in Edinburgh for a long time and it has not broken the bank. We had the £30 Spring seasonal dinner menu which is an absolute bargain. Service was exceptional and pleasant and the surroundings exquisite with great views of the Castle. The 3 course menu otherwise is £58 and the tasting menu £68. Service is optional and added as 10%. Yes you have to like opulent surroundings but what's not to like about that. Come on Edinburgh this place is class and the food is excellent.

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