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Galvin Brasserie de Luxe - Brunch - A taste of the finer things
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Galvin Brasserie de Luxe
The Caledonian, Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Edinburgh,,
Princes Street,,
EH1 2AB.
0131 222 8988
Brasserie Brunch: Saturday and Sunday, 12-2.30


Brunch has to be everyone's favourite meal right now. Whether it's served at 11am or 4pm, there's something oddly decadent about a long late breakfast with alcohol. It gives a taste of how we imagine the illusive 'other half' live. And if decadence is what we seek, then there could be no better place to seek it than Galvin Brasserie De Luxe. From the west end venue and the bright, stylish dining room, to the smartly dressed and courteous staff, this place screams refinement.

Another appeal of brunch is the variety of foods on offer and the newly launched menu at Galvin Brasserie certainly meets this requirement. The options include the usual suspects: Eggs Benedict, Full Scottish breakfast, Poached egg and avocado on rye bread. However, there are also some slightly more unusual dishes: a Charcuterie and cheese board, and Baked duck egg, truffle, potato & parmesan, as well as a different take on familiar ingredients – a croissant with yoghurt, berries and granola, or a flat iron steak, mustard mayonnaise and caramelised onion baguette.

I was keen to try the croissant, having never seen one served this way, and was pleasantly surprised that the pastry was still crispy and worked really well with the creamy yoghurt, fresh blackberries, raspberries and cranberries, and added crunch of the granola. The full breakfast included two sausages, two rashers of bacon, black pudding and haggis, a mushroom and half a tomato, and was served with poached eggs. Although the meat was all excellent quality, we felt that maybe something else was needed to balance the meal a little better, although it is hard to imagine baked beans being served in this setting. The poached eggs with puréed avocado and tomato salsa on rye bread had excellent flavour, but unfortunately the avocado had obviously just come out of the fridge, and so the poached eggs, through perfectly cooked, were rather cold. Hopefully these are just first-day teething problems that will soon be rectified. To complete the experience, a variety of teas, coffees, smoothies and cocktails are available, including a Bloody Mary, Kir Royale, Champagne cocktail and Mimosa.

Galvin Brasserie's new brunch offering typifies the decadence of the nation's favourite meal, a taste of the finer things, best enjoyed with family or friends on a bright Sunday before heading out to enjoy all the beautiful city has to offer. (D. Spencer)

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