Le Roi Fou

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Le Roi Fou
1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX
  • Telephone 0131 557 9346
  • Seasonal times Festival: open Mondays
  • Bar open Tue–Wed 5–11pm; Thu–Sat noon–2pm, 5–11pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Food served Tue–Wed 5–10.30pm; Thu–Sat noon–2.30pm, 5–10.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
  • Pre-theatre times Tue–Thu until 6.45pm; Fri/Sat until 6pm
  • Pre-theatre price £19 for two courses (£23 for three courses)
  • Email
  • Website leroifou.com
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Le Roi Fou

Fine French dining with exemplary execution and a friendly face.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Le Roi Fou serves modern French/Swiss cuisine utilising the best Scottish ingredients. The surroundings are elegant yet understated, the atmosphere relaxed and unpretentious, and service is charming and proficient. Starters of octopus and scallops reveal the skilled hand of chef patron Jérôme Henry, arriving perfectly grilled and served respectively with a fennel and blood orange salad and braised salsify with brown crab dressing. Other options include seared foie gras and hand-cut steak tartare. Mains of grilled calf’s liver and Isle of Gigha halibut are treated with comparable care, while other choices include traditional pot au feu and ox cheek pithivier. A shared dessert of chocolate fondant is another gratifying dish with a pleasingly melting middle, served with a moreish mango sorbet. The execution of the cooking here is exemplary, the ingredients are sourced with considerable care, the predominantly French wine list is nicely curated, and the restaurant is taking some admirable steps towards being as waste-free and low carbon as possible. This is fine French dining with a friendly face.

The List's rating
8.8

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Stan Blackley visited Le Roi Fou on 8 March 2018
  • High point: A skilled chef producing exceptional quality food
  • Low point: The restaurant is a little at odds with its website
  • Notable dish: Grilled hand-dived Scottish scallops with braised salsify and brown crab dressing
  • Average price: £18.50 (set lunch); £30 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Mixed jazz
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £24 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best French restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Apr 2018

From classic Parisian cookery to Michelin-starred greatness

The culinary Auld Alliance continues to blend classic French technique with the best of Scotland's larder. Whether it's a charming bistro full of familiar regional dishes, or polished fine dining matching precise cuisine to a bountiful Gallic cellar…

Eating & Drinking Guide Awards 2018: Edinburgh winners

16 Apr 2018

The List proudly presents the 25th edition of the Eating & Drinking Guide and its 2018 award winners

The List's annual Eating & Drinking Guide, published on 18 April 2018 with coverage of almost 1000 food and drink venues across Edinburgh and Glasgow, has announced the winners of its reformatted Eating & Drinking Awards for 2018.

Swish Swiss Jérôme Henry's Le Roi Fou is a welcome addition to Edinburgh's dining scene

14 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…