Dean Banks at The Pompadour

“Modern Scottish dishes in iconic room.” - AA Inspector



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Dean Banks at The Pompadour is the fine dining option at Waldorf Astoria - The Caledonia. One of the grande dames of Scottish hospitality, the venue still offers a genuine 'wow' factor after more than a century. On the mezzanine floor of the hotel, the tables overlooking Lothian Road and up to the castle are in-demand and highly prized. Intricate plasterwork, high ceilings and walls of striking artwork makes for a grand setting for the modern Scottish cooking with an Asian influence. Start with snacks of fried KFQ quail, raw oyster and Arbroath smokie before a Wagyu beef brioche and soy cured monkfish. The plancha market fish course might bring brill with caramelised cauliflower purée, mushroom duxelle and chilli. Next, barbecued duck glazed with hoisin sauce is served with broccoli purée, pickled shallots, kimchi gel and crispy leeks. To finish, yuzu curd is a play on a classic key lime pie with crisp pastry, gentle lime flavours and soft curd. A concise but interesting wine list offers plenty of options.

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Dean Banks at The Pompadour
Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh - The Caledonian, Princes Street, EDINBURGH, EH1 2AB


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Closed: 2 weeks January
Food and Drink
  • Wines over £30: 70
  • Wines by the glass: 12
  • Cuisine style: Modern Scottish, Asian influences
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Edinburgh

Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.

It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.

A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days. 


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