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Pompadour by Galvin

Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, The Caledonian, Princes Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 2AB

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The empire-building Galvin brothers came to town in 2012 and set up their high-end gastronomic flagship in the Caledonian Waldorf Astoria, a grand Victorian railway-era hotel once more resplendent after a megabucks refurbishment. 'The Pomp' - as locals affectionately know its grande dame of a restaurant - has been a byword for opulence since it opened its doors in 1925. The belle ?poque extravaganza 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 a contender. Looks-wise, none of the newcomers can trump 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 too, 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 begins with a terrine of Ayrshire rabbit, ham hock and foie gras with a leek and hazelnut salad. Next up, a pav? of cod arrives with a delicate dressing of light curry and golden raisins, baby spinach and cauliflower pur?e, or two might sign up for a roast Chateaubriand with creamed spinach, potato millefeuille and confit garlic. Finally, Valrhona's exceptional Guanaja chocolate provides the basis for an exemplary mousse alongside mango sorbet and grilled mango.

Further information

Tel: 0131 222 8975
& 222 8777
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 2 wks Jan
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

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


Restaurant price guide

A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £24.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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

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