08 June 2018
ALAIN ROUX TO OPEN BRASSERIE PRINCE AT THE BALMORAL HOTEL
Michelin starred chef Alain Roux will take residency at the much anticipated new restaurant Brasserie Prince located within the iconic landmark hotel, The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel on Monday, June 11. Opening in the heart of Edinburgh on Princes Street, the new brasserie is fittingly named Brasserie Prince after the Scottish romantic hero who had close ties to France, Bonnie Prince Charlie, otherwise known as “The Young Pretender”. Two hundred years later, Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux will celebrate a ‘new alliance’ of Scottish and French fusion cuisine.
Now with its separate entrance on Princes Street, the restaurant is freshly redesigned by Martin Brudnizki in collaboration with Olga Polizzi, Rocco Forte Hotels’ director of design, completing the five year refurbishment plan for the five-star hotel which includes the renovation of the signature J.K. Rowling Suite and the Scone & Crombie suite; the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Number One; Afternoon Tea Lounge Palm Court and destination whisky bar, SCOTCH. Staying true to the brasserie’s location, Martin Brudnizki has selected materials synonymous with Scotland: timber, soft leather and wool while creating a space with friends and family in mind, added a variety of seating options, including traditional banquettes and leather upholstered dining chairs.
From June, Alain Roux will take up the position of Signature Chef at Brasserie Prince. Alain currently retains three Michelin stars at The Waterside Inn, the only restaurant in the world outside France to have upheld this accolade for more than thirty years. Alain Roux’s seasonal menu is inspired by Scottish ingredients and will continue to showcase his heritage of sensational French cooking.
The ‘Auld Alliance’ is revived in the new menu where you will find Dover sole meunière and Scottish côte de boeuf to Plateaux de fruits de mer. In addition to dinner, the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch as well as light bites and sharing plates at the bar, and seafood from the raw bar. An adjoining bar and lounge area, a destination in its own right, offers beautifully and simply prepared classic cocktails and a food menu of French snacks and sharing platters, also created by Alain Roux. Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif, sit in the cosy library by the fire for an after dinner drink or sample a few cocktails at the long, marble bar counter for a fun night out.
The collaboration with legendary chefs and restaurateurs Alain Roux and his father Michel Roux, O.B.E., marks a unique alliance between the Fortes and Rouxs, two distinguished families committed to excellence. The inspiration behind the collaboration came from Lydia Forte, Rocco Forte Hotels’ Bar & Restaurant Development Manager. “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. "
Commenting on the new partnership, Michel Roux added: “We are thrilled to be opening in Edinburgh, the epicentre of Scottish culture and a thoroughly modern city. We are fascinated with its proud past and delighted to be part of its vibrant future as we join forces with the award-winning and iconic Balmoral.”
To book a table or for more information on Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux, visit www.brasserieprince.com or call 0131 556 2414.
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and contemporary rooms. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH.
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 11 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Assila Hotel, Jeddah. Future openings: Rome in 2019, Shanghai in 2019
Michel Roux OBE
Now in his mid 70s, Michel Roux is already a legend. Chef, restaurateur, author, teacher, mentor, father, brother, pioneer: the list goes on. These days, his raison d’être is to pass on his expertise, constantly searching for new opportunities to inspire the younger generation.
Born into a family of chefs, Alain is carrying on the Roux culinary tradition. When he announced to his father at the age of 16 that he wanted to become a chef, Michel agreed it might be an idea for him to work at The Waterside Inn one day but Alain wanted to gain as much experience as possible in different places. After his apprenticeship in pastry he spent seven years touring some of France’s most notable kitchens, including La Côte Saint-Jacques in Joigny and Restaurant Pic in Valence.
He walked into The Waterside Inn professionally for the first time in 1992 and spent years working through the ranks. At the turn of the millennium he was joint Chef Patron with his father, later to take over in his own right a couple of years later.
Alain is a Master Pâtissier in the International Association Relais Desserts, putting him in company with the best pastry chefs in the world, and a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, the leading professional association in UK.
The Waterside Inn
Nestling on the banks of the Thames, in the charming 16th century village of Bray, this delightful 'restaurant with rooms' has been serving inspirational French cuisine since 1972. Its welcoming, informal ambience belies its formidable reputation: owned by the celebrated Roux père et fils, and nowadays run by Alain Roux, the Waterside is renowned across the globe as a leading light in the world of gastronomy.
Martin Brudnizki is the founder and principal of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio (MBDS). Born in Stockholm, Martin’s love for design started from a young age. His mother was a stylist and his father a structural engineer; the combination of these elements embedded a deep understanding of aesthetics alongside a grounding in functionality.
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio is an internationally acclaimed interior architecture and design studio based in London and New York. Founded by Martin Brudnizki in 2000, the team is composed of over 70 interior designers, architects, lighting designers, product designers and art consultants and has experience creating hotels, restaurants, bars, private members’ clubs; alongside residential developments and helping a select number of people design their dream homes.
Martin Brudnizki Design Studio’s work has been published internationally and received numerous accolades, including awards from House and Garden, Boutique Design, Hospitality Design, Interior Design, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, Tatler and Wallpaper* Magazine, with the later describing Martin as “one of the best restaurant and hotel designers of his generation”.