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The Club Room at The Dome
14 George Street,
Edinburgh,
EH2 2PF
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0131 624 8624
The Club Room Mon-Wed 10am-5pm; Thurs-Sat 10am-Late; Closed Sundays


Review written June 2010

A Touch of class

I HAVE NEVER BEEN TO THE DOME, GEORGE STREET'S VETERAN BAR AND RESTAURANT. AND HAVING OFTEN EXPERIENCED A WARM, FUZZY, NOSTALGIC FEELING WHEN THE TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS APPEAR ON ITS GRAND COLUMNS, I WAS EXPECTING A SIMILARLY TRADITIONAL (AND PERHAPS PREDICTABLE) EXPERIENCE ON THE INSIDE.

But who could fail to be impressed by the red carpet and marble lobby? Dining in the exclusive-sounding Club Room, we were greeted by a sumptuous hall of wood paneling and mirrors, inviting banquette seating and decadent chandeliers.

On the wine list, we're delighted to discover a four red and white options at the house wine price of £19.50 - how refreshing to feel like you can still have a chance to choose your wine without breaking the bank. We chose a fresh and floral white Rioja.

If the decor seems traditional, then so is the menu. The problem with classic dishes like Caesar salad and vegetable lasagna is that everyone already knows what they want them to taste like, and this made me approach with caution. Yet, here the classics lived up to, and perhaps even exceeded, expectations.

We started with smoked salmon (£8.50), simply served with capers, red onion and chopped egg, and buffalo mozzarella, tomato and balsamic salad (£7.50). Both starters were carefully presented and prepared with the freshest ingredients - and it showed.
For mains, my friend chose haddock and chips (£14.50). Again there was nowhere to hide with this dish, but the fish was thick-cut and flaky, the batter light and the chips crisp. The portion was massive, but then the waitress did describe it as “a whale"! I opted for a wonderfully moist salmon fillet (£15.50) served with rich and moreish black pudding mash and tender, garlicky wild mushrooms.

Although we claimed we were full, we seemed to have no trouble polishing off a portion of warm apple pie (£7.00) for dessert. The apples were complemented by juicy sultanas and walnuts, in crisp short crust pastry complete with cream AND ice cream. I no longer need convincing that traditional is definitely good!





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