Le Roi Fou is the newest restaurant to join Edinburgh’s fine dining scene. Having already won Best New Restaurant at the 2017 Scottish Food Awards, it’s already making a name for itself in a capital not short of a good restaurant, or a michelin star for that matter. Jérôme Henry, previously Head Chef for Mosimann’s Dining Club, Belgravia & Les Trois Garçons, Shoreditch is at the pass and clearly has form. I was excited to find out for myself how it compares to some of the other fine dining in the city.
Having been offered all of the menus, we settled on the good value (£48.00 for six courses) tasting menu.
A procession of dishes arrived (what was I saying about value!) so in the interests of brevity I will give you a short description of each.
The first was something I hadn’t had before, the waitress described it as ‘Panise‘. It reminded me of a firm polenta but was made with chickpeas and served with an artichoke dip.
Next up, Charred Watermelon with Crab. The warm watermelon was an unusual temperature twist, which I tried and failed to recreate at home, one best left to the experts I think.
The first official course was Hand Dived Scallop Crudo with Confit Tomato. A delicate dish of raw scallop with a light garnish.
The fish was course was Grilled Halibut, Scottish Girolles and Artichoke. Despite being well cooked, I was craving a rich French sauce to go with this. My craving for something rich was, however, satiated in the next course.
Next was a very French dish of Seared Foie Gras with Cherries and Tarragon. I know foie gras isn’t to everyone’s taste but I don’t mind it in small quantities and the cherries on this dish really cut through the richness.
The main was a delicious Seared Dry Aged Beef Fillet with Bone Marrow & Red Wine Sauce. Bone marrow isn’t my favourite thing, but if it’s yours you’ll love this.
A selection of fine artisan cheeses will please the savoury fans.
While those with a sweet tooth won’t be left disappointed as there were two desserts.
The first was a Cannoli with Sorbet and Raspberries.. Despite being the pre-dessert and not appearing on the menu, it was probably my favourite.
The second dessert, and final course of the menu, was roasted pineapple with rum syrup.
You know when the food (and company) is good when five hours passes by in the blink of an eye. I thoroughly enjoyed dinner at Le Roi Fou which, despite the quality of the food, was still quite a relaxed affair. If you love fine dining and French cookery, I recommend you try it.
Le Roi Fou
Location: 1 Forth Street
Price: Tasting Menu £48
Good for: Classic French fine dining