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Number One, The Balmoral

1 Princes Street, EDINBURGH, EH2 2EQ

4 rosettes

In a city not short of a landmark building or two, The Balmoral is high on the status list, with the clock on its looming tower above Waverley station set three minutes fast to motivate those heading for a train. The imposing interior harks back to the days of the railway era, when a railway hotel was a grand beast indeed. The main dining option is the Number One restaurant, a classy space with dove-grey and gold banquettes and contemporary artworks on loan from the Royal College of Art on red lacquered walls. Jeff Bland has been executive chef for over a dozen years, with Brian Grigor leading the line at the stoves day-to-day, and together they deliver a creative and intelligent output that has a true sense of Scottish-ness. Begin with hand-dived scallops and peat-smoked haddock, or cured foie gras parfait with gingerbread and the contrasting sweet and acidic notes of hibiscus jelly, fresh apple and apple purée in a visually thrilling dish that reveals the kitchen's astute understanding of the balance of flavours and textures. Follow with wild turbot - a perfectly cooked piece of fish - partnered with the robust flavours of smoked bacon and oxtail ravioli, or the earthy satisfaction of Inverurie hogget, its loin, neck and belly served with baby gem lettuce, peas, mint and yogurt. For dessert, Brillat-Savarin cheesecake is another stunner, with poached rhubarb and blood orange to offset any richness. The wine list does justice to the wonderful food, as does the highly professional service team.

Further information

Tel: 0131 557 6727
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Dates closed: 2 wks Jan
Days closed for lunch: all week

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern Scottish
Chef: Jeff Bland, Brian Grigor
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Vegetarian meals available.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.



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Follow city-centre signs. Hotel at E end of Princes St, adjacent to Waverley Station
Nearest station: Waverley

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