November 22, 2012

Galvin Brothers at The Caledonian

The Pompadour by Galvin
Since opening in September, the two new restaurants run by the celebrated Galvin brothers at the recently launched The Caledonian, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Edinburgh have been hugely popular with both hotel guests and locals alike. 

Originally named The Pompadour by Galvin Restaurant, this elegant dining venue first opened in 1925 during the heyday of Victorian railway travel, serving the rich and famous of the time for whom The Caledonian was the hotel of choice in Scotland.

The listed interior décor reflects the sumptuousness of the royal court of the Louis XV era, and the restaurant has long enjoyed the reputation of having "the best tables" in Edinburgh, with impressive views looking out onto Princes Street and Edinburgh Castle through the panoramic arched windows. An excellent collection of French regional wines has been specially selected by the highly experienced sommelier to complement each of the menu selections. 

The chic but informal Galvin Brasserie de Luxe brings Parisian style to the heart of Edinburgh and the design theme pays homage to the grand urban French bistros of Paris and Lyon, with its highly polished surfaces, ceramic tiles, archetypal lighting, and reflective mirrors. 

The Galvins have appointed Craig Sandle as executive chef at both restaurants, who joins from the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh.