Chef Jérôme Henry has collaborated with creative director Isolde Nash to bring his first relaxed fine dining restaurant, Le Roi Fou, to Edinburgh this March.
Both Jérôme and Isolde were drawn to open their first restaurant in Edinburgh because they believe it has an outstanding appreciation of food and culture, two of their personal passions.
Over the last 20 years, Swiss-French Jérôme has cooked in in some of the best kitchens including seven years as head chef at Anton Mosimann’s Private Dining Club, as well as the renowned Les Trois Garçons. Le Roi Fou will serve modern European dishes influenced by Jérôme’s French roots using fresh Scottish produce where possible.
“At the centre of most dishes will be the best fresh Scottish produce prepared simply and elegantly, always ensuring that natural flavours are the star of the show,” Jérôme said. “Consistency of quality is vital, and while we will be serving some of the great classics and wonderful fresh fish dishes, I also love to explore my memories of cooking and eating abroad.”
Le Roi Fou has a bar and a salon dining room created by Isolde in collaboration with contemporary British artists and designers. Influences include 1920s Austrian architect Adolf Loos, Dada and the Absurd.
“Le Roi Fou is a neighbourhood restaurant, which we hope will also have a sense of ‘home’ for people living and working nearby and in the arts,” Isolde added. “I always loved the European tradition of bars and restaurants where artists and writers hang out.
“Le Roi Fou is also about continuing the legacy and tradition of the ‘Salon’: Edinburgh has a genuine love for the written and spoken word, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the restaurant develops.”