I can’t believe I’ve never been to Galvin Brasserie before. Breakfast isn’t my favourite meal, but I DO love brunch.
Galvin Brasserie is inside The Caledonian (although it does also have its own entrance) so you can have an expectation that it will be pretty decent.
The menu comprises a selection of small and big plates and cocktails to accompany them. We started off with the cocktails, I had the Kir Royale and my dining partner for the day had the Mimosa – drinking before midday is something I only ever do on holiday (I love a mid morning Strawberry Daiquiri occasionally!) so it felt like a real occasion t be drinking so early in the day. Looking around, the decor was clean and modern with a very definite French style. Being so close to the hotel meant that there were a lot of families but younger children were well entertained with colouring-in packs.
We ordered a Big Plate each, my aunty had the Eggs Royale – two soft poached eggs perched on toasted muffins with two types of salmon; gravadlax which is cured in salt, sugar and dill, and a bright pink beetroot cured salmon. All served with the obligatory hollandaise sauce, which historically has been known as Dutch sauce. Whatever it’s called I absolutely love the stuff and surprised myself I didn’t end up with some kind of Eggs Benedict. There was a very good reason though…
My choice was entirely pre-meditated as I had already seen it on Instagram. The Baked Duck Egg, Truffle, Potato, and Parmesan was everything I’d hoped for. All my favourite flavours in one bowl, melty and soft with a couple of toasty sourdough triangles for dipping. This was brunch comfort food and a dish I’d absolutely return for.
We left Galvin Brasserie just as the roasts started appearing and decided to extend our visit with a hot chocolate in Peacock Alley in The Caledonian. Not cheap, but a lovely place to sit and while away an hour at Christmas time.
A delicious an upmarket option for a celebratory brunch or just a little treat.