Le Roi Fou
- Telephone 0131 557 9346
- Bar open Wed/Thu 5–11pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–11pm; Sun 11am–4.30pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
- Food served Wed/Thu 5–10.30pm; Fri/Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm; Sun 11am–4.30pm. Closed Mon/Tue.
- Pre-theatre times Served until 7.30pm
- Average price £15.50 (set lunch); £32 (evening meal)
- Pre-theatre price £17.50
- Website leroifou.com
A bright, warm Broughton Street salon from chef Jérôme Henry, formerly of Mossiman's Private Dining Club and Les Trois Garçons. Relaxed French classics with a focus on local produce.
The menu of Jérôme Henry’s new Forth Street restaurant hints at form gathered over 20 years’ at the sharp end of fine dining: foie gras, scallops, Chateaubriand, a no-choice tasting menu – all present and correct. But a closer look reveals a lighter touch. A salad of herbs, leaves, asparagus, poached baby carrots and shaved fennel appears in a slip of bright olive oil, boosted by soft scoops of baked aubergine, a simple tumble of colour and vitality. There’s simplicity again in a plainly grilled slab of North Sea cod, although the puddle of rich, buttery saffron sauce banishes any thoughts of abstention. Beef fillet feels casually Parisian and the chips are excellent (as they should be at a £4 supplement). It’s all very confident and competent, although dessert doesn’t quite hit the same notes – an exclusively Swiss cheese trolley is a fantastic alternative though. While Henry and partner Isolde Nash cite influences like Dada and the absurd, there’s little evidence of that in the (currently) pared-back space, though it’s bright and equally welcoming to diners who just want to perch at the bar for a glass of wine and a nibble as those settling in for the full event.
- Private dining: Up to 20 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Classical guitar
- Capacity: 30 (6 outdoors)
- Largest group: 20
- Open since: 2017
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £22 per bottle
Reviews & features
Swish Swiss Jérôme Henry's Le Roi Fou is a welcome addition to Edinburgh's dining scene14 Jun 2017
A seasoned chef with Franco-Swiss influences brings a touch of class and ambition to Edinburgh, as Jo Laidlaw discovers
Jérôme Henry has form – over 20 years at the sharp end of fine dining with stints at Anton Mossimann's Private Dining Club and Les Trois Garçons under his belt. There are certainly hints of this on the menu of his new Forth Street restaurant: foie gras…