The Pompadour

Silver Award
Edinburgh, EH1 2AB ·Website·Call0131 222 8857

SquareMeal Review of The Pompadour

Silver Award

Set in a palatial Victorian railway hotel with castle views, The Pompadour at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh-The Caledonian has kept its fine dining pedigree since the departure of the Galvins but has taken on a more relaxed, innovative feel under head chef Dan Ashmore. The new seven-course tasting menu is ingredient led, with classic French techniques underpinned by Asian and Scandinavian influences.

Highlights of our menu included cured mackerel with sharp gooseberry compote and fresh, snappy flavours of pickled cucumber and lemon alongside Scottish smoked Crowdie soft cheese and soda bread. Salty, savoury smoked ham hough comes with a deep-fried crispy pheasant egg, crisp outside and rich and creamy within, and peas a la francaise.

A meltingly tender Rutherford Estate venison tartare dish is matched by salty samphire, earthy kobi seaweed, ceps and smoked confit egg yolk, while roast monkfish tail comes with summery courgette, sweet red pepper dressing and babaganoush. Roast Goosnargh duck is perfectly pink and gamey, served with classic flavours of cherry compote and apricot purée alongside pak choi and chicory, with a tiny crisp samosa made from the soft confit leg meat. 

Desserts are equally accomplished. Auchterarder strawberry rice is a playful yet deeply comforting take on classic rice pudding using seasonal local fruit, while salted caramel soufflé is fluffy and light as a feather. 

With slick, confident service, inspired wine pairings and a creative new menu, the post-Galvin Pompadour experience feels more laid back and modern than before, but retains all of its classic charm.

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££££ - £50 - £79
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Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonian, Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2AB

0131 222 8857 0131 222 8857


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri Closed
Sat Closed
Sun 13:00-15:00
Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed 18:00-21:30
Thu 18:00-21:30
Fri 18:00-21:30
Sat 18:00-21:30
Sun 18:00-21:30


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