Hadrian's Brasserie

Hadrian's Brasserie
Hadrian's Brasserie
The Balmoral, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 557 5000
  • Bar open Mon–Sun noon–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7–10.30am, noon–2.30pm, 6–10.30pm; Sat/Sun 7–11am, 12.30–3.30pm, 5.30–10pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Until 7.30pm
  • Average price £17.95 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £17.95
  • Email
  • Website www.roccofortehotels.com/the-balmoral-hotel
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High-end hotel brasserie, straddling the gap between bistro and fine-dining.

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Behind strategically positioned blinds, diners sit hidden from prying eyes on Edinburgh’s North Bridge. The calm interior fuses sage greens, polished woods and several whimsical touches to create a confident elegance. The Balmoral’s smoked salmon 'from the trolley' adds theatre to proceedings; generously portioned, the delicately cured fish is well complemented by a selection of fine dressings and light-as-a-feather bread. Allandale Estate venison is yet another example of their astute sourcing. Meltingly tender meat is accompanied by sweet braised red cabbage and rich jus delivering a truly standout main. Desserts feel a little heavy-handed with one too many elements added to ‘gild’ an otherwise perfectly adept lemon panacotta. Hotel guests make up a significant portion of the diners with locals in-the-know popping along to take advantage of the competitively priced lunch and early-dining offers. Despite the grand surrounds, the service never feels stuffy and, while some hotel restaurants suffer from a certain stigma, thanks to the high-quality Scottish produce and deft hand in the kitchen, this hotel brasserie is certainly worth a visit.

  • High point: High-quality Scottish produce handled expertly
  • Low point: Desserts would benefit from some economy of ingredients
  • Notable dish: Allandale Estate venison with braised red cabbage and wild mushrooms (and the smoked salmon from the trolley)

Ideal for a light lunch or a relaxed dinner, Hadrian's offers traditional cuisine in an informal setting. On the menu, a mix of Scottish favourites and classic dishes are created using the finest regional produce. Try Scottish shellfish bisque, Blairgowrie beefburger, or the chocolate and raspberry crème brulee. Smaller appetites are also catered for with the children's menu. The brasserie's walls are brought to life with life-sized photographs of pirouetting dancers.

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  • Private dining: Up to 15 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Soft jazz
  • Capacity: 110
  • Largest group: 110
  • Open since: 1997
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 20
  • House wine: £26 per bottle