Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux Opens at Edinburgh’s Balmoral hotel

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The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh, has opened Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux.

In collaboration with Alain Roux, Chef Patron of The Waterside Inn at Bray and his legendary chef father Michel Roux, O.B.E., Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux will celebrate what he calls a ‘new alliance’ – matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking.

The restaurant and bar will cater for 210, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as light bites and sharing plates at the bar, and seafood from the raw bar.

Guests can expect a seasonal menu that will include hearty dishes featuring the highest quality produce, from Scottish côte de boeuf to plateaux de fruits de mer.

Diners may also choose from the daily ‘Grand-Mère’s Specials’ which will encapsulate this unique alliance of cooking. These daily specials will include Boudin noir aux deux pommes, a rich dish of black pudding with caramelised apple and potato purée and Côtelettes d’agneu, lamb cutlets with couscous, sorrel and mint sauce.

Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux will bring to life dishes from throughout France and Scotland to showcase the diversity in cooking and produce from both countries.

Alain Roux says: “This exciting new brasserie will be defined by a seasonally changing menu rooted in French bistro dishes, irresistibly simple, delicious food.

“We will be led by the fantastic array of Scottish ingredients and flavours to include beautiful seafood platters and tasty sharing plates at the bar. I want to serve the dishes that I love to cook myself at home and seek out with family and friends when we go out to eat. It will be a menu informed by my French heritage but totally inspired by Scotland.”

The new brasserie offers a fresh colour palette of soft blues, green hues and blush pink tones which complement the high gloss lacquer and timber panelled walls.

The colourful and vibrant interiors similarly showcase a strong partnership between internationally celebrated Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Director of Building & Design and sister to Sir Rocco Forte.

Staying true to the brasserie’s location, Brudnizki has selected materials synonymous with Scotland: timber, soft leather and wool. Antique mirror and brass detailing ensures light is created within the space.

A variety of seating options, including traditional banquettes and leather upholstered dining chairs, add to the feeling of comfort, warmth and conviviality.

An adjoining bar and lounge area, a destination in its own right, offers beautifully and simply prepared classic cocktails and a food menu of French snacks and sharing platters, also created by Alain Roux.

Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, sit in the library by the fire for an after-dinner drink or sample a few cocktails at the long, marble bar counter for a fun night out.

Lydia Forte, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Bar & Restaurant Development Manager, said: “Michel and Alain Roux were my first choice when I thought of a new brasserie at The Balmoral.

“Michel was one of the first to revolutionise the UK dining scene at about the same time that my grandfather was making his strides in hospitality. Michel and Alain run a family business like us and as such we have the same ethos. The experience of our guests is so personal to us because our names are on the door.”

Brasserie Prince has replaced Hadrian’s Brasserie and The Balmoral Bar.

www.brasserieprince.com

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