Edinburgh is a City full of some of the biggest names in the food industry. In recent years, the most impressive addition was the Galvin Brothers, who decided to venture north of the border and establish themselves in the Scottish capital.
For those that don't know, brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin made a name for themselves down in London, opening some of the finest restaurants in the Capital. The most influential of these are the Michelin Starred 'Galvin at Windows' and 'La Chapelle'.
Situated in the heart of the fabulous Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, The Pompadour restaurant quickly established quite the reputation. Currently the restaurant holds three AA rosettes, and is touted by many to eventually win a Michelin Star. The current executive chef is the talented Fraser Allan. Spending time at Michelin Starred restaurants such as 'The Peat Inn', '21212' and 'Wishart's at Loch Lomond' gave him great experience before joining the Galvin Brothers as head chef of the less formal 'Brasserie de luxe'. During his two years there, the restaurant gained a Bib Gourmand. In 2014 he was promoted to executive chef of both restaurants and his maintained this role since then.
Having had a highly pleasant meal in Brasserie de Luxe a few years back, we had long wished to visit The Pompadour. For some reason we hadn't got round to this, but a recent invite to attend a surprise seasonal lunch created by chef Allan, gave us an opportunity to finally visit.
|Stunning Dining Room|
|View From Our Table|
We don't usually comment on the decor of restaurants but the dining room at The Pompadour is absolutely stunning. This is easily amongst the finest dining rooms we have visited in Edinburgh. We were shown to our table, which to our delight, had stunning views over a busy Princess Street. After a pre dinner drink, chef Fraser Allan came out and explained the format of the lunch. He was to serve three courses which would showcase the seasonal ingredients available to him that day.
Here is what we ate:
Here is what we ate:
|Beetroot, Smoked Eel|
This was only our second time trying eel, and we found it far more pleasant this time round. The eel had a great texture, and a beautiful smoky flavour. The colourful risotto had clearly been cooked to perfection, and was an absolute joy to eat. We loved the beetroot, and also the added crunch from the sweet apple.
Often pheasant can be quite a dry meat, but gladly here, the meat was accurately cooked. We must also mention the sage gnocchi. This was quite possibly the best gnocchi we have ever encountered. The texture and flavour had much to marvel. A very impressive plate of food, which was a good portion size for a lunch time sitting.
A fairly simplistic looking dessert, but don't let that fool you. The pastry was thin, crisp and had been cooked superbly well. The lemon had just the right amount of sweetness, and was beautiful sharp to match.
From start to finish, our seasonal lunch at The Pompadour was fantastic. Chef Fraser Allen is clearly a very talented chef at the top of his game, and was very knowledgeable to speak with. This was our first visit to the restaurant, but we will definitely be returning in 2017 to experience the full tasting menu.
The service we experienced on the day was some of the finest we have came across in Edinburgh. You may assume that we experienced a top level of service as we were bloggers, but after the lunch we spoke with other guests, and they also commented on how great the service was. The dining room was filled with regulars who visit the restaurant often, and each person we spoke with cited the friendly service as the main reason for doing so. We must mention the restaurants fantastic sommelier. His knowledge and passion for wine was most impressive.
With an abundance of top quality restaurants in Edinburgh to choose from, we would now place 'The Pompadour' as one of the best we have tried in the Capital. With some of the finest food, service, dining room and views, you really should try The Pompadour by Galvin.