The Dome,originally the site of the site of the Old Physicians Hall (1775). Later (1844) to be rebuilt as the Commercial Bank of Scotland. In 1993 The Royal Bank of Scotland decided the building was no longer viable and sold the lot to Caledonian Heritable Ltd, who converted the site into the popular enterprise you see today.
The Dome opened in 1996 and can be found in Central George Street in the heart of Edinburgh city centre. The venue is certainly resplendent and elegant. The dining experience is something not to be missed, especially around Christmas time. (Just a reminder however, make sure you book well in advance to secure a table, it is extremely popular and reservations are snapped up quickly.)
The venue can be spotted quickly as you turn the corner into George Street as it is lit by hundreds of fairy lights, a light shower of artificial snow trickles from above as you approach the entrance. All of this just serves to add to the wonderful Christmas dining experience that awaits you inside.
On entering you get first sight of the main bar in the grill room. It can only be described as spectacular and certainly takes your breath away. The decorations are magnificent, with an enormous Christmas tree taking centre stage. Opulent dried flower arrangements, tinsel clad columns, drop crystal chandeliers and immaculate set tables all add to the ambience of the dining experience.
The Christmas menu was extensive and would I am sure please a range of palettes. Our group ordered a range of starters which were served swiftly and efficiently by cheerful,professional waiters and waitresses. The selection we opted for were:
Haggis wrapped in Filo pastry with a whiskey,mustard and cream sauce
Smoked Venison Fillet with walnut pesto and poached pear
Scottish Smoked Salmon with prawn and crayfish cocktail
Roast Shallot and Thyme Tart Tatin with cherry tomato confit
The main courses on offer consisted of offerings of meat, fish or vegetarian. Most of our party opted for the traditional Christmas fare of the traditional turkey dinner. I went for the Red Wine Braised Beef Shin Daub with horseradish potatoes, caramelised shallots,roast winter vegetables. All dishes were very flavoursome, picturesque and filling.
Then came the dessert. Again a wide choice available all of which I could have chosen and enjoyed. The Dome cheese board was a popular choice from our party along with Christmas Pudding served with cranberries and brandy butter. I opted for the Trio of Chocolate Desserts with ice cream, chocolate mousse,rich chocolate tart.
To complete the meal we were served a choice of coffee or tea and a mini mince pie.
All in all a very enjoyable experience. For a reasonable festive price. I would not hesitate to recommend this venue. However, please be aware that a 10% discretionary service charge is added to your final bill.