The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte Hotel in Edinburgh, has today opened Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux.
In collaboration with Alain Roux, chef patron of The Waterside Inn, Bray-on-Thames, and his father Michel Roux, O.B.E., legendary chef and restaurateur, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux will celebrate a ‘new alliance’: matching the very best of Scottish produce with classic French cooking.
The new restaurant replaces Hadrian’s Brasserie and The Balmoral Bar as part of a £3m renovation project that has been underway since the start of the year.
The new interiors have been designed by Martin Brudnizki with Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ director of building and design.
Alain Roux will become signature chef at Brasserie Prince, which 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.
When talking about the new opening, 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 inspiration behind the collaboration between the Roux and Forte families came from Lydia Forte, Rocco Forte Hotels’ bar and restaurant development manager. ”Michel and Alain Roux were my first choice when I thought of a new brasserie at The Balmoral,” she says. “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.”
Now with a separate entrance on Princes Street, the restaurant space has undergone a complete redesign led by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS), which marks his first project in Scotland.
Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux will further establish The Balmoral as a culinary destination in the heart of Edinburgh, joining the hotel’s Michelin-starred Number One restaurant led by executive chef Jeff Bland.