Alain and Michel Roux will be launching a £3m restaurant at the Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh in May.
Alain Roux, chef-patron of the three Michelin-starred Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, will take up the position of signature chef at the new, as yet unnamed brasserie and bar. The new venture will replace Hadrian’s brasserie and the Balmoral bar at the five-red-AA-star, 188-bedroom Rocco Forte hotel.
Renovation has been underway since January 2018 and the new space, which will cater for 210 covers across the restaurant and bar, will offer classic French dishes using Scottish ingredients.
Alain Roux said: “This exciting new brasserie will be defined by a seasonally changing menu rooted in French bistro dishes, in the classic modern style, 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.”
Alain’s father, Michel Roux, added: “The new brasserie marks a unique alliance between the Roux and Forte families. As leaders in our fields, our families are committed to excellence, impeccable service and promoting the next generation with my son, Alain leading the restaurant.”
Richard Cooke, general manager at the Balmoral, added: “The new brasserie concept will be the perfect complement to our existing culinary offering, and completes a five year refurbishment plan which includes the renovation of our castle and old town view rooms; Michelin-starred Number One; our afternoon tea lounge Palm Court and our destination whisky bar, Scotch.”
The Balmoral also houses the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant, overseen by executive chef Jeff Bland and head chef Brian Grigor.
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