About Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini
Scottish restaurant by Holyrood
Opened in the summer of 2017, Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini at Macdonald Holyrood Hotel is a smart, contemporary restaurant which sits in the lee of Arthur’s Seat. Chef Tamburrini has worked in many of Scotland’s most prominent restaurants over the last three decades and it would not be a surprise if he earned the bistro more awards on top of its existing AA Rosette. The dining room is a handsome, elegant space which is matched by the well polished front of house team.
Fresh, local ingredients
The menus at Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini demonstrate the chef’s signature blend of French cuisine and the finest Scottish ingredients.
Typical starters might be the duck, foie gras and lentil terrine. Or the Orkney sea scallop cooked with brown butter, tomato, lemon and baby capers. Main courses include fish choices like the Gigha halibut with shaved fennel, black olive and peppers as well as meat options like the slow-cooked, French, farmed rabbit leg with butter sautéed potatoes and mustard. A vegetarian option might be the black truffle crémeux risotto topped with a slow-cooked egg.
Pride of place perhaps goes to the grill section. Scotch beef, aged for a minimum of 30 days, is marinaded in a BBQ dressing, cooked in the charcoal-fired Josper oven and then finished with a Madeira glaze.
Local attractions and transport links
Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini is in the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel on Holyrood Road by the Scottish Parliament and five minute walk from the Palace of Holyrood. There is limited on-street parking and pay parking at the hotel. Waverley train station is a ten minute walk. Local attractions include the Royal Mile and Arthur’s Seat.