Mad about Edinburgh

French-Swiss chef Jérôme Henry, for seven years head chef at Anton Mosimann’s Belgravia dining club, is to open his first venture, Le Roi Fou, in Edinburgh next month.

The restaurant, in the New Town’s Forth Street, will be open in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday and lunchtimes Friday to Sunday, serving classic dishes using the pick of Scottish produce.

Henry says he chose Edinburgh because of the city’s appreciation of both food and culture. The name Le Roi Fou plays the French for mad and the Scottish for drunk, and makes reference to Ubu Roi, Alfred Jarry’s absurdist play premiered in Paris in 1896.

Creative director Isolde Nash, Henry’s partner in the business, has taken inspiration from the belle époque, which will be reflected in the atmosphere and decoration of the bar and salon-style dining room – with red velvet curtains, dark grey-greens and modernist tiles set against white tablecloths and crystal glasses.



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