Harden's survey result
“Such a special place to dine” – the Waldorf Astoria’s “splendid” Caledonian dining room provides a perfect setting for the Galvin Bros’ “flavoursome, exciting and creative” French-based grande cuisine, which achieved the highest ratings of its seven-year tenancy this year.
The fame of this elegant chamber has never seemingly been matched by a huge fan club, and after six years of the Galvin Bros’ tenancy, survey feedback on it remains surprisingly limited. Is it because “the menu shows considerable innovation but may be too fancy for the local market”? The overall verdict though remains: “expensive but well worth a visit”.
Entering its fifth year, the Galvin brothers’ tenancy in this elegant chamber continues to receive a surprisingly mixed reception. Even those who say its cuisine is “faultless” can find the setting “pompous”, whereas, by contrast, others find the room “delightful”, but the food “a letdown”, or “at high prices that may be increasingly hard to justify”. It receives a majority of strong recommendations, though, especially for a “romantic” occasion.
“Another winner from the Galvin brothers” – their tenancy at this “charming and glamorous” chamber has made it into the landmark destination it long deserved to be, with “clever and perfectly executed” Gallic cuisine paired with “perfect” wines.
The Pompadour by Galvin, The Caledonian Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Overall good cooking if you chose right things. Excellent halibut tartare, fresh, zingy. Mediocre vegetable tart, bland, soggy bottom. Poor amuse bouche: more tomatoes than fish in fish soup and soggy choux. For this price (evening meal £65 3 courses) you expect better."
Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB
|Wednesday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Thursday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Friday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Saturday||6 pm-9:30 pm|
|Sunday||1 pm-3 pm, 6 pm-9:30 pm|