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Less formal than its Michelin-starred sibling Number One, this grand brasserie within the iconic Balmoral Hotel is still pretty smart
– thanks to a vibrant Olga Polizzi interior that mixes walnut floors and art-deco flourishes with a palette of colours inspired by the natural landscapes of Edinburgh. The kitchen is overseen by
executive chef Jeff Bland and the menu blends grills, roasts and standbys such as haggis, neeps and tatties with a contingent of Euro-accented dishes – from salade lyonnaise and steak tartare to
guinea fowl with crispy salsify and savoy cabbage, ‘cushion’ of lamb with Provençal vegetables or seared scallops with caramelised cauliflower purée and watercress velouté. Game is particularly
well done here (try the terrine), while desserts are in the classic mould of basil pannacotta and crème brûlée. The wine list is also worth a serious look.
One of the many great things about Lunchquest is that I can get to the middle of the day, think to myself “I fancy somewhere silly for lunch,” then have no compunction about tootling off to Hadrian’s Brasserie to sample their seasonal lunch menu, questing solo, all in the name of keeping our review pot bubbling along, nicely. So, that’s exactly what I did, this fine day.I was warmly greeted by my new family – or at least that’s how it felt. The battalion of staff on hand to tend to my every need were the friendliest mob I’ve encountered in all of our quests, so far. With one to take my coat, another to show me...
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