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Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

Restaurants, French West End
Galvin Brasserie de Luxe, Restaurants, Edinburgh
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London style seeks to Galvinise Scots

Set inside the grand, Waldorf Astoria-owned Caledonian Hotel at the west end of Princes Street, the Galvin Brasserie de Luxe aims to be as much of a landmark dining operation as its environs are within the heart of Edinburgh. Operated by Michelin star-winning chef brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, this is a high-end French restaurant whose affectations are entirely in keeping with a place which is decked out smartly and clearly keen to attract an upmarket clientele. It’s often been remarked, in fact, that there’s a little bit of a food-as-performance element to the place, with some dishes cooked before the customer and a crustacean horseshoe bar in the centre of the space leaving everything on show to interested eyes.

Keen to give the impression that the customer has been transported to the centre of Paris for their brasserie meal, the tiled, well-lit space is adorned with crisp white tablecloths and decorative bottles of wine, even as the customer-conscious food design offers a lunchtime prix fixe menu, a special children’s selection and a private dining option. From the a la carte list, start with the house steak tartare, the endive, walnut and Roquefort salad or the escargots in a bourguignon sauce, and then move onto a crustacean such as crab, langoustine or lobster, or one of a variety of Aberdeen Angus steaks. This latter option helps demonstrate that, even though French is the style here, Scotland is very much the source.


Venue name: Galvin Brasserie De Luxe
Address: Rutland Street
West End
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm and 6-10pm, Sat 12.30-3pm and 6-10pm, Sun 12.30-3pm and 6-9.30pm
Price: £25 and under
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