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Pompadour by Galvin

The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Princes Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 2AB

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The Caledonian Waldorf Astoria is a grand Victorian railway-era hotel restored to its full glory after a megabucks refurbishment, and The Pompadour, its grande dame of a restaurant, has been a byword for opulence since it opened its doors in 1925. The old girl was always considered to be the hottest ticket in town before the culinary opposition over in the rejuvenated Leith docks upped the ante, and it is still up there as a contender now the empire-building Galvin brothers have come to town and set up their high-end gastronomic HQ in its palatial environs. 'The Pomp' - as locals affectionately know this belle époque extravaganza - still provokes sharp intakes of breath from awe-struck diners as they take in its wedding cake plasterwork, delicate hand-painted panelling and peerless views of Edinburgh Castle perched upon its lofty crag. They've certainly nailed the luxurious service vibe with a full-works, classical French hierarchy as professional, charming and efficient a team as you're ever likely to encounter, including a seriously knowledgeable sommelier to guide you through the oh-so French listings. Naturally, The Pompadour shows the same Francophile culinary direction as the Galvins' celebrated London establishments, delivering rich seasonal ingredients that sit together happily, prepared with razor-sharp technical ability and realised with haute cuisine flair. A procession of intricately-presented dishes might begin with roast John Dory, partnered with pig's trotter and veal sweetbreads, parsnip purée and apple fondant, or a wood pigeon pot au feu with cavolo nero and truffle macaroni. Next up, roast monkfish 'osso buco' might arrive with the robust flavours of smoked potato purée and Bourguignon garnish. Finally, an impeccable apple tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream shows there's nothing quite like a classic done right. For a taste of the Galvin magic at more accessible prices, try the ground-floor Brasserie de Luxe .

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Tel: 0131 222 8975
& 222 8777
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Open/closed

Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Craig Sandle
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.

 

Restaurant price guide

3 Course dinner from: £30.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.

 
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Situated on east end of Princess St, on Rutland St & Lothian Rd
Nearest station: Edinburgh Waverley

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