Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini

Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, 81 Holyrood Road, Edinburgh, EH8 8AU
  • Telephone 0131 550 4500
  • Bar open Mon–Sun 10am–late
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–2.30pm & 5–9.30pm.
  • Average price £26 (lunch); £26 (evening meal)
  • Website www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk/our-hotels/…
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Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini

French and Scottish dishes focusing on locality and seasonality of produce, from up to 40-day hung Aberdeen Angus beef to Lindisfarne oysters and French rabbit.

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Rocca is transitioning. Shifting its emphasis from a formerly Italian menu to one joining the growing trend of celebrating Scottish cuisine and ingredients, Rocca is also taking steps to distinguish itself from its host Macdonald Hotel at the bottom of Holyrood Road and create its own slightly separate identity. Opening directly onto the street, the relaxed dining room still has that slightly hotel feel but isn’t stiff or stuffy. Warm, effusive staff are keen to share the day’s specials, deliver that well-earned drink and help you settle into your evening. Chunky ham hock terrine gets a piquant boost from bright piccalilli while a hot-smoked salmon terrine is mellow and buttery. Traditional fare of grilled steaks and battered fish and chips can be found, the specials board may include a slow-cooked ox cheek, melting in deep flavour onto its bed of mash, or a grilled John Dory with al dente sprouting purple broccoli, chilli and garlic. Puddings are still finding their Scottish feet and the cranachan could use more oats, but overall indications are that Rocca is doing a good job of finding its feet.

  • High point: A daily specials board that merits attention
  • Low point: Would be more fun if the journos hadn’t left the neighbourhood
  • Notable dish: Slow cooked ox cheek
  • Private dining: Up to 50 covers
  • No. overnight rooms: 156
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Nothing
  • Capacity: 100
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2015
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 12
  • House wine: £16.50 per bottle