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 Sun 6–9.30pm; Mon–Thu 6–10pm; Fri/Sat 6–7pm.
  • Average price £16 (set lunch); £26 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £16
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Galvin Brasserie de Luxe

This brasserie makes good on the 'de luxe' tag with great service and an upscale take on traditional brasserie dining.

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Mirrors and bentwood chairs nod to Parisian brasserie style but the slickness characteristic of Galvin’s belies its major league hotel proprietors. The menu has three strands. First up are the stars of the Scottish seas in all their simple glory, oysters on ice, lobsters and langoustine with mayonnaise. Next, from the grill, come steaks classically garnished with field mushroom, tomato and watercress, with chips as a side if you wish. But what really sets off a joyous rattling of pots in the kitchen is the handful of French brasserie classics. Plat du jour boeuf bourguignon with purée potatoes, or a cocotte of cassoulet, the beans stewed to creaminess below a crisp-skinned chunk of confit duck and a nugget of boudin noir. Scottish cheeses show in prime condition, while expert apple tarte tatin combines caramelised juicy fruit with crisp, buttery pastry. The busy, bustling atmosphere mightn’t make this your top pick for a romantic dinner à deux, but for any other occasion, (and if it isn’t a red letter one, go for the lunchtime or early evening prix fixe), Galvin’s is hard to fault.

  • High point: Meticulous take on classic French brasserie dining
  • Low point: Why no Scotch beef?
  • Notable dish: Hand-rolled pappardelle, ragôut of Highland hare and aged pecorino

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: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Generic pop
  • 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: 18
  • House wine: £19 per bottle

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