Le Roi Fou

Le Roi Fou
1 Forth Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JX
  • Telephone 0131 557 9346
  • Seasonal times Will open Mondays during August for the Festival
  • 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
  • Average price £18.50 (set lunch); £30 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £19 for two courses (£23 for three courses)
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  • 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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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.

  • 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

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…