The Pompadour by Galvin

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The Pompadour by Galvin
Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 222 8777
  • Seasonal times Extended during festival – check back
  • Bar open 6pm–1am
  • Food served Tue–Sat 6–10pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu 6pm–10pm
  • Average price (lunch); £46 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £24
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The Pompadour by Galvins
Eating & Drinking Guide

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This review is taken from the current (2014) edition.

It’s one of the prettiest dining rooms in Edinburgh: a Grade 2 listed hand-painted froth, elegantly spruced-up during the Caley’s recent refurb and wholly revitalised by the arrival of the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers. As you’d expect, it’s fine dining, with its accompanying silver, linen and precision of service – but there’s a warm heart beating under the formality and staff genuinely want you to have a good time. (Which you will, with food this good.) Squab pigeon is tender, almost smoky, while the presentation of a Skye crab tartlet is worthy of a still-life painting. Venison is technically accomplished, balancing cocoa nibs, Brazil nuts, quince and orange. Monkfish is moist, meaty and more than lives up to both the bourguignon accompaniments and a juicy red from the wine tasting menu (going by the glass is a good way to tackle a heavy-duty wine list and they’ll happily mix and match for you). Finally desserts – they're just beautiful. At £58 for 3 courses, it’s not cheap, but the care, attention and surroundings mean the Pompadour adds up to some of the best value around.

  • High point: All this available for £30 pre-theatre midweek? A steal.
  • Low point: It is a touch hushed
  • Notable dish: Poulet en Vessie Pompadour - a St Bride chicken for 2 stuffed with foie gras, baked in brandy, carved at the table.
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 242
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Easy listening
  • Live entertainment: Very occasional live music
  • Capacity: 70
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £26 per bottle

Comments & ratings

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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