Earlier in the year I wrote about how we enjoyed nachos and beer in the garden of the Dome in Edinburgh. On our most recent visit we decided to try out the Dome’s opulent Grill Room for lunch. This of course meant using the rather magnificent entrance on George Street.
The building used the be the HQ of the Commercial Bank of Scotland, was designed by David Rhind in the Greco-Roman style and opened to the public in 1844. Commercial Bank was gobbled up by the Royal Bank of Scotland in 1969 and they decided to get rid of the building in 1993. I think you will agree it has since been put to a much better use. The Grill Room, under the majestic dome itself, used to be the banking hall. The present interior dates to 1885 when Sydney Mitchell refaced much of the original masonry with Devonshire marble and laid the mosaic floors. The menu is a bit pricy, but then you do get very good service in a unique surround.
For lunch the student and I opted for the Chili Chicken mayonnaise Sandwich which came with a small mountain of chips all for £7.
It was quite delicious and very filling, Nick went for the more traditional haggis with neeps and tatties (£12.50), which had been beautified with a sprig of parsley and a few wee chunks of tomato .
Personally I can’t stand offal, but apparently it was very good as was Mab’s Parfait of Chicken (£7.50).
Including drinks and two soups, the total bill came to £52 for four people, not much more than a decent pub lunch. They also do a very fabulous looking afternoon tea.
The Dome 14 George Street, Edinburgh 0131 624 8624