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 £19.50 for two courses (£24.50 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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Jérôme Henry, chef-owner of Le Roi Fou, has always worked in fine dining and this shines through in the quality and scope of the experience he delivers. There's nothing stuffy about this operation; the welcome from staff and proprietor is genuinely warm and, whether choosing a full tasting menu with wine pairing or just popping in for one course and a glass of wine, anything goes. Traditional techniques, with sauces created over days based on years of experience, elevate the cooking to another level in dishes such as roasted wild Highland venison saddle with root vegetables and sauce grand veneur, or sensational grilled Orkney hand-dived scallops with black pudding and crispy pork belly. Their hand-cut beef fillet steak tartare is raised to another level by the addition of piquillo peppers, while grilled calf liver with market vegetables and chimichurri sauce is popular with regulars. Desserts are plentiful for those with a sweet tooth or try a savoury end to the evening with their Welsh rarebit. As well as the beautiful street level space, there’s a private dining area in the basement, perfect for a special occasion.

The List's rating
9

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Louise Donoghue visited Le Roi Fou on 6 March 2019
  • High point: Everything is delicious
  • Low point: Very busy at weekends
  • Notable dish: Grilled Orkney hand-dived scallops with black pudding and crispy pork belly / hand-cut beef fillet steak tartare with piquillo peppers
  • Average price: £19.50 (set lunch); £38 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 20 covers
  • Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Lounge music
  • Capacity: 45
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £25.50 per bottle

Reviews & features

Best French restaurants in Edinburgh

22 May 2019

From classic Parisian cookery to Michelin-starred greatness

From fine dining to bistro-style plates, the French restaurants of Edinburgh offer a mixed bag of traditional cooking, influences of North Africa and some Scottish twists. With a range of venues that cover every price point, expect some of the best…

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…