Popular Edinburgh restaurant to celebrate French culinary festival with special one off dinner

A popular Edinburgh restaurant is set to celebrate an international French culinary festival with a special one-off dinner, inspired by its owner's French roots.

Published 18th Mar 2019
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Le Roi Fou - or ‘The Mad King’, which opened in 2017 in the capital's New Town,  will celebrate Goût de France (Good France) with a special menu - priced at £30 per person - taking inspiration from owner Jérôme Henry’s childhood and his mother’s family origins in Haute-Savoie.

Taking place on the 21st of March, dishes on offer will include lamb navarin with seasonal vegetables & wild garlic pistou and for dessert, tarte tatin with Calvados ice cream. Diners will also be able to sample French wines recommended by Le Roi Fou’s sommelier, Sam Webber.

Goût de France is an internationally recognised gourmet festival that celebrates French gastronomy. Across the globe, it is expected that 5,000 chefs will mark the day with special events, dinners and parties showcasing French-inspired food and wine. The focus of the festival this year is environmental and socially responsible cuisine.

Chefs taking part in the celebrations have been tasked with creating a menu with reduced levels of fat, sugar and salt to promote healthy eating and to focus on the environment by using vegetables and grains in the dishes.

Chef proprietor of Le Roi Fou, Jérôme Henry said: “At Le Roi Fou, we share our passion for great food and wine every time we serve our guests. Goût de France gives us a special opportunity to celebrate in honour of France at the same as thousands of other chefs around the world.”

“The menu has been inspired by different generations of my family; from the first course of quenelles, which are a traditional dish that my grandfather loved to prepare, to the spring lamb, which reminds me of family holidays in the South of France.

"As for the cheese course, this is simple: my grandfather was a cheese maker in Haute-Savoie who made traditional cheeses that included Roblechon and Tomme de Savoie.”

• For more information and to book your place, visit leroifou.com or call 0131 557 9346

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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