The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQSituated in the heart of Edinburgh is the gorgeous Balmoral that oozes with luxury, synonymous with the reputation of the Rocco Forte Collection. Even the location can't be bettered, with the famous sites of Edinburgh such as Arthur's Seat, The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, just a step away. The interiors of the individually designed bedrooms and suites are beguiling and themed around natural colour tones and fabrics reflecting their Scottish heritage. Step into the Royal Suite and you will soon realise you don't want to go anywhere, with a fireplace, well stocked in-room bar, double walk-in shower and breathtaking views over the historic old town of Edinburgh, all are sure to evoke a wowed response.
Situated in the heart of Edinburgh is the gorgeous Balmoral that oozes with luxury, synonymous with the reputation of the Rocco Forte Collection. Even the location can't be bettered, with the famous sites of Edinburgh such as Arthur's Seat, The Royal Mile and Edinburgh Castle, just a step away.
The interiors of the individually designed bedrooms and suites are beguiling and themed around natural colour tones and fabrics reflecting their Scottish heritage. Step into the Royal Suite and you will soon realise you don't want to go anywhere, with a fireplace, well stocked in-room bar, double walk-in shower and breathtaking views over the historic old town of Edinburgh, all are sure to evoke a wowed response.
Michelin-starred Chef Jeff Bland, awarded the honour of being named as Drambuie Scottish Chef of the Year in 2003, ensures that number one lives up to its name. It's currently the only hotel restaurant in Edinburgh to have gained a Michelin Star, first awarded in January 2003, which it has retained to this day, a fine tribute to Chef Bland and his brigade.
Using only the finest Scottish ingredients, Bland creates outstanding à la carte dishes using favourites such as French rabbit niçoise, halibut, beef fillet and West Coast scallops. It is easy to see why number one was given the Fine Dining Experience Award at the inaugural Scottish Restaurant Awards 2008, when the panel delivered their verdict that number one restaurant offers its customers 'the ultimate sophisticated dining experience'.
With that sort of accolade it might seem slightly superfluous to proceed any further, but a little detail might not come amiss. The success of number one revolves round the wonderful dishes on offer on the à la carte, with a Chef's tasting menu that is recommended for the whole table, to which we will return.
A stunning starter is provided by the mushroom soup with girolles, chicken boudin and parmentier potato, and Scottish lobster with leek purée, asparagus and shellfish foam, quite one of the best dishes out the five choices on offer. It has close competition from the roulade of foie gras with oxtail beignet, pistachio and pickled cherries, traditional but beautifully prepared.
Seafood is fast becoming one of life's great treats, and here it is lemon sole with langoustine, Israeli cous cous, confit fennel and choron sauce to make an outstanding main dish, though you may find it a hard choice between that and the loin of Cornish lamb, confit breast, black olive with carrot and apricot purée. Fillet of Borders beef again has that magic touch, this time with shallot purée, sweetbread and Bordelaise sauce.
Scottish cooking has, with one or two notable exceptions, to make do with more widely spread attributions when it comes to desserts, which makes them no less tempting. Terrine of milk chocolate with apricot, basil, melon sorbet and malt crisps is a work of art, and the slow cooked cherries with goat cheese sorbet, honey and fennel mousse seldom fails to please wherever it goes.
A pre-theatre dinner offer of three courses is available if ordered before 7pm. Whilst, as previously mentioned, the Chef's tasting menu is an seven course affair, each with its own wine pairing. At £62.50 a head, or an extra £50 with wine pairings, this is not for the faint hearted, but should you wish to travel along this most wonderful of gourmet roads you would be hard pushed to find anywhere better to do it than number one at The Balmoral.
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French, Modern European, Scottish
: 12:00 - 14:30 18:30 - 22:00
General: 0131 557 6727
The Balmoral Hotel, 1 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2EQ [Map]
£62.50 (Chef's tasting menu, additional £50 for wines per course)
(Avg Price is the average cost per person for two courses, coffee, half a bottle of house wine and tip/service)
REVIEWS OF Number One
Elisa (22 June 2008)
You can hardly make a mistake by choosing this restaurant and this is my first choice in Edinburgh. The food is excellent, and they have a nice choice of bread, which is almost as good as in France. Moreover, between every dish you could enjoy 'amuse-bouche'. In this restaurant the excellence is in the details. My only reserve is maybe about the atmosphere, which I thought lacked a little charm. You can consider it as a good or a bad point but you may feel a little hungry at the end of your meal, particularly because of the excellent food and small portions.
B. E. Prismall (23 April 2005)
In December 2002 my wife and members of my family (all from Australia), enjoyed the most magnificent meal at this restaurant. We recall the cheese trolley as outstanding in both presentation and choice, and the service was friendly without being intrusive.
In contemporary Scottish literature there is mentioned of characters choosing to use the Number One as a meeting point for romantic interludes! (see Reginald Hill & Ian Rankin). In fact we have no hesitation in recommending this as the place to be pampered and enjoy all that is Scottish. We only wish that we could see the recent refurbishment and recreate that moment in time.
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More Info for Number One
- Children welcome
- Air condition
- Groups allowed
- Outside seating
- Cover charge
Not included, 12.5% for 6 or more
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