Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Galvin Brasserie de Luxe
Caledonian Hotel, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
  • Telephone 0131 222 8988
  • Opening times Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm & 6–10pm; Sat 12.30–3pm & 6–10pm; Sun 12.30–3pm & 6–9.30pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm, 6–10pm; Sat 12.30–3pm, 6–10pm; Sun 12.30–3pm, 6–9.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Set menus daily but only available on Fri & Sat until 7pm
  • Average price £17.50 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £17.50
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Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

Swish and fun, a stylish Waldorf Astoria brasserie in which to while away the hours.

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What a pleasure. Leave Princes Street behind and give yourself a treat at Galvin Brasserie de Luxe in the Waldorf Astoria (or the Caley as it's better known to locals). Spread over a series of rooms, a central circular bar divides the main dining space, where crustaceans, displayed on their icy bed, draw the eye as readily as the row of waiting champagne flutes. Appetite piqued? Start with a cloud of ocean-fresh white crab meat, seasoned lightly with mayonnaise, or wide ribbons of hand-rolled pappardelle, perfectly al dente, nestling in chunks of rich hare ragù. Old Spot pork cheek is fork-tearingly tender, the accompanying duo of roasted and puréed Jerusalem artichoke mellow and earthy. Rosy pinks slices of Spey Valley venison haunch are accented by bright jewels of pomegranate seeds and the bitter edge of braised red chicory. Buttermilk panacotta has a refreshing, slightly tart edge, melding smoothly in flavour and texture with blood orange jelly, while rhubarb soufflé mesmerises with its grand height, warmly delicate body and clean fruit flavour. Absolutely superb.

  • High point: You don't have to leave because they have rooms upstairs
  • Low point: Going home
  • Notable dish: Berwick crab mayonnaise

A sophisticated haunt in The Caledonian hotel, Galvin Brasserie de Luxe showcases the talent and passion of culinary brothers, Chris and Jeff, with its excellent French cuisine. A crustacean bar sits at the heart of the brasserie, offering theatre-style food preparation, and a large circular bar to dine at. Guests can enjoy the very best brasserie classics including prix fixe menus, and superb value beers and wines. Please note, the seasonal menu is only available 6pm ? 7pm Friday and Saturday.

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  • Private dining: Up to 30 covers
  • Provides: Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Jazz
  • Capacity: 136 (141 with bar)
  • Largest group: 24 (30 standing in private room, as many as possible in restaurant).
  • Open since: 2012
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
  • House wine: £24 per bottle

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