a cheeky lunch at Galvin Brasserie De Luxe

Since it’s opening, I’d been desperate to try the Galvin Brasserie De Luxe, part of the recent and extensive refurb at the Waldorf Caledonian Hotel, (especially with chef Craig Sandle at the helm – my mouth waters just recalling an amazing day foraging with him in Perthshire and the delicious al fresco lunch he prepared). Along with a couple of willing ‘accomplices’ I set out to remedy this with a cheeky lunch visit last week.

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On a modest budget, the aim was to try the Prix Fixe menu, there are 2 options for each course  and at £15.50 for 2 courses and £18.50 for 3, it’s a great way to get a slice of fine dining without going overboard. I would have dearly loved a glass of wine, (and there were some great options on offer by the glass), but with a busy afternoon ahead that was not going to be an option (this time).

Heritage Beetroot Salad with Goat’s Cheese Cream starter

Despite my eyes wandering covetously over the rest of the menu I reigned myself back to the menu in question and went for a salad of heritage beetroot with a goats cheese cream to start and beef (quelle surprise?!) for my main. We pretty much all chose the same thing so the sea bream main never got a look-in but I got pics of the other choices for you all. (minus desserts, we ran out of time)

Bavette with watercress and Pommes Paille

Everything was just exactly as I’d expected it would be, the staff and service politely polished, the food beautiful to look at and sublime to eat and the decor unsurprisingly ‘brasserie’. I will definitely have to go back for Tuesdays Plat Du Jour (pork belly) and Wednesday’s too for that matter (pork cheeks) as well as the steak tartare and escargots (so hard to find either done well in Edinburgh) and of course, accompanied with wine and hopefully a few delightful surprises to add that extra bit of magic, too…..

Galvin Brasserie De Luxe, Princes St, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH1 2AB
 Phone: 0131 222 8888

 

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