Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ
  • Telephone 0131 557 5000
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 11am–1pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7–10.30am, noon–2.30pm, 5.30–10.30pm; Sat/Sun 7–11am, 12.30–3pm, 5.30–10.30pm.
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  • Website www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/…
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Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux

This new restaurant at the Balmoral Hotel pairs Scottish produce with classic French cooking to create a high-end brasserie experience.

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Formal waiters and polite service staff oversee this plush outfit on the ground floor of one of Princes Street’s most prestigious hotels. Art deco hints, silver-service manners and a well-organised kitchen combine to create a smidgen of formality in relaxed, contemporary surroundings. The menu draws inspiration from French classics while allowing head chef Phil Hickman the freedom to embellish and entertain. A solid starter of onion soup is thick, unctuous and cheesy while a Parisian-style gnocchi comes in long piped logs, submerged in a dense mix of béchamel, cheese and choux pastry. Main of roast duck is perfectly cooked in a light but vibrant orange sauce dotted with slithers of mandarin, while a vegetarian offering of chickpea flour chips is served in crunchy, deep-fried chunks with a sprightly coating of fragrant North African spices on a bed of chard. Puddings are also noteworthy: an impressive baked Alaska has a crunchy sculptural outer and a filling of ice-cream and blood orange sorbet; a flawless little creation.

The List's rating
7.2

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Malcolm McGonigle visited Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux on 6 March 2019
  • High point: Upmarket bistro dining
  • Low point: Prices to suit
  • Notable dish: Whisky & blood orange Norwegian omelette
  • Average price: £25 (set lunch); £35 (dinner)
  • Private dining: various function rooms in hotel
  • No. overnight rooms: 188
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: French ballads
  • Live entertainment: occasional harpist
  • Capacity: 120
  • Largest group: 100
  • Open since: 2018
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £22 per bottle