This competition is now closed…

The very lovely people at the Galvin Brasserie De Luxe asked us over for lunch last week…so after a split second of umming and ahhing we thought to heck with it, why not?! And to top it off they kindly offered readers a slap up lunch or dinner for two with a bottle of Galvin selected wine thrown in. See end of article for competition details.

Let it be said, we’re Galvin fans. We’ve been lucky enough to dine at the Bistrot De Luxe on Baker Street W1, walk past La Chapelle E1 sighing ‘we’d love to dine there’, and only dream about eating at Galvin Windows where the lovely Fred Sirieix orchestrates the evening. One day….. For those of you who are not as familiar with Chris and Jeff Galvin then read more here.

So, super excited at the Galvins arriving in Edinburgh we were keen to eat at their new establishment(s). We dined at the Brasserie de Luxe, which takes inspiration from the great Parisian brasseries of the past.
Based at the rebranded Waldorf Astoria Caledonian in the West End, the restaurant is one of two Galvin ventures based at the hotel. The head chef is Fraser Allan who works closely with Chris and Jeff Galvin and executive chef Craig Sandle to showcase Scotland’s amazing regional produce. Also to open its doors is the Pompadour, taking its name from Madame de Pompadour, the favourite mistress of King Louis XV…superlative cooking focussing on the finest Scottish ingredients combined with French fare bought directly from Paris.

This is no ordinary ‘hotel restaurant’…oh no. Some interesting happenings are going down in the world of hotel restaurants at the moment. Nod here to Simon Rogan and the opening of ‘The French’ at the Midland Hotel Manchester and Noma popping up at Claridges in 2012. #trendwatch

Let’s talk about the Brasserie. A large horseshoe shaped bar contains a huge display of the freshest crustacean where customers can choose from a great selection of wine and champagne. The daily-changing menu includes a great value prix fixe at £18.50 for 3 courses, plats du jour, Scottish crustacea and a la carte sections and features a blend of classic French brasserie favourites such as the Brasserie de Luxe Cassoulet’, ‘Crisp Confit Duck Leg, Black Pudding and Salad Lyonnaise’ and ‘Apple Tarte Tatin with Creme Normande’ together with seasonal specialities.

Starters…Mrs Monkfish, a huge seafood fan got straight to business and ordered a whole brown crab paired with a glass of fizz.

Mr M on the other hand went for the charcuterie selection, MAN=MEAT after all…it got the nod of approval. The crab was sublime, so so fresh and very tasty. Served with a beautiful mayonnaise and delicate slices of toast Mrs M was a happy monkfish.

To follow, daube of Beef Bourguinon, Pommes Mousseline (him) and pot roast of Guinea Fowl, lentils and pork sausage (her).
Both agreed the dishes were nigh on perfect, cooked and presented in a classic French brasserie style. Mr M’s ‘mash’ was probably the ‘best mash he’d ever had’. Just in case it wasn’t going to be filling enough he ordered a side of pommes dauphinoise which screamed CALORIES to Mrs M but she had a couple of spoonfuls nonetheless 🙂 Delightful. All in all very happy with our lot. And quite full…

However, twist our arms, we hadn’t dined out for a while so it was rude not to have dessert! Loosen the belt Mr M there’s a tarte tatin headed your way. Classic french dessert, one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, we HAD to try it. Tick, it passed the Monkfish test, 10 out of 10.
Mrs M chose rhubarb frangipane tart which was slightly on the dry side, a tad disappointed as ‘all of the above’ had been very good indeed but we weren’t going to let a bit of sponge tarnish our fantastic lunch.

Great atmos, love the fact there’s another wee slice of Paree in our beautiful city. As regular visitors to Paris we miss the hustle and bustle of brasseries and the classic french interiors AND most importantly the food. Well, we won’t have to miss it quite as much now so that’s a win win for us and Edinburgh.


Galvin Brasserie De Luxe Edinburgh The Galvin brothers London

If you’d like to sample the Galvin brothers Brasserie de Luxe for yourselves courtesy of Mymonkfish and Chris and Jeff Galvin then here’s what you need to do…

Follow us on Twitter by using the link below and let us know why you and your chosen dining partner should have ‘dinner on us’ in less than 140 characters 😉


If you’re not on Twitter then you can leave a comment at the end of this blog post or on our Facebook page CLICK HERE. And crikey, you won’t be limited to 140 characters there so you can really go to town!

The competition will be open for 5 days from NOW until the 5th April. Dinner (or lunch) with a bottle of Galvin selected wine can be taken on any day of the week but must be redeemed by
31st October 2013.

The entry that grabs the attention of the Monkfish will be declared the winner and will be notified by email shortly after the closing date.


For more info on the Galvin brothers visit their website HERE


  1. Great to hear your views Mrs M – have heard good things and now an definitely looking forward to a visit……..

  2. I would love to win this comp as my partner and I are leaving the UK to go travelling soon…what better way to leave than with a quality slap up meal in a mighty fine establishment!

  3. It would be nice to send some quality time with my wife. I work long hours and she keep everything going at home, for me and our son.

  4. M.O.N.K.F.I.S.H.
    My Omnivorous Nature Knows Food Is Simply Heavenly.

  5. …. because we love the thought of good food and wine in stylish surroundings( unoriginal but true !)

  6. becasue I do not have the fine choice in Riyadh of restaurants that are available here in Edinburgh. It would be nice to be able to take the better half to somewhere as lovely as this.

  7. Oh, this sounds wonderful. Your pictures are gorgeous too – they have a dreamy, ethereal feel that makes me imagine I can smell the scents that go with the images. (Yum.)

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