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Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH6 6RA
Critics Review 17/20
Restaurant info
Opening Information

LUNCH

Tuesday to Friday:12.00 to 1.30
Du Jour Lunch £32.00
A La Carte Menu £85.00
Six Course Tasting Menu from £85.00
Eight Course Tasting £110.00

Saturday 12:00 to 13:30
A La Carte Menu £85.00
Five Course Tasting £75.00
No Lunch menu available

On Saturday Lunch we only serve the A La Carte and Tasting Menu

DINNER

Tuesday to Thursday 19.00 to 21.00
Friday, Saturday 18:30 to 21:30
A La Carte Menu £95.00
Six Course Tasting Menu £85.00
Eight Course Tasting £110.00

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About Restaurant Martin Wishart

Restaurant Martin Wishart is situated in Edinburgh's historic Port of Leith. More than a decade later, the restaurant continues to bring the very best traditional and modern French food cuisine to Edinburgh, using only the finest Scottish ingredients. Under Martin's expert direction, the restaurant has had a Michelin star since 2001, it was recently voted by The Sunday Times number 5 restaurant in the Uk.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: £££
Child policy:
At Restaurant Martin Wishart we welcome children from 7 years old upwards. For groups with children younger than 7 years old we would recommend Martin’s Brasserie - The Honours Edinburgh. We kindly ask that parents with children are mindful of other diners when visiting any of our restaurants.
If you have any questions or require assistance, please call us on 0131 553 3557 option 1

Cuisine: Fine Dining, French, Michelin Star, Vegetarian Friendly
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
17/20
Martin Wishart blazed a trail in Edinburgh by gaining a Michelin star in the re-developed docks area of Leith. The restaurant opened in 1999, with chef/patron Martin Wishart having trained at Le Gavroche and also with Marco Pierre White; it was awarded a Michelin star in 2001. Ten chefs work in the kitchen here. The ground-floor room can accommodate a maximum of 45 diners at any one time, has plenty of natural light and is fitted out with a brown carpet and green wallpaper, while the generously spaced tables have white linen tablecloths. A five course tasting menu was priced at £55. The 13 page wine list had less than half its bins from France, drawing on sources from around the world. It had selections such as Mendoza Urban Malbec 2008 at £26 compared to a retail price of around £6, the excellent Bonny Doon Cigare Volant 2004 at £60 for a wine you can pick up in the shops for a round £18, and the lovely Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay 2000 at £100 for a wine that you can buy for about £33. We were offered very tasty and nicely spiced haggis bonbons (17/20) and salted almonds while we looked at the menu. A nice touch is that there was a full vegetarian tasting menu also (£50), while a la carte comes in at £60 for three courses (£95 with wine pairing). Bread was made from scratch and consisted of: brown, black, olive, white and raisin and walnut slices. The bread had terrific texture and was very good indeed (18/20). Butter was from Normandy (I think from Pascal Beillevaire). This butter is processed in an ice-cream maker before serving in order to lighten its texture. There was a trio of amuse-bouches: a jelly of raspberry, grated carrots with lime, octopus and clam, and a Piccalilli and green pea macaroon. The carrot puree was for me the best of these, but I wasn’t convinced that raspberries belong at this stage of a meal (15/20 overall). Next was a very good cep velouté with a pig trotter “sandwich” (braised pig trotter on toast) on the side. This was excellent, seasoning accurate and with plenty of cep flavour (a strong 17/20). From the vegetarian menu came the only rather disappointing dish of the entire meal: leeks and Vivaldi potatoes with pumpernickel, malt powder and a little truffle. This dish was served rather lukewarm, and suffered from slightly overcooked leeks; even if this dish had been perfectly executed, I doubt that this combination was really going to set the world alight (14/20 at best). Langoustine ravioli with braised caramelised endive had good texture and a high quality langoustine, served with an orange-flavoured jus of langoustine and olive oil; for me the orange flavour was a little dominant (16/20). Better was organic Shetland salmon that had been smoked in the kitchen,; this was well judged, the konbu (kelp) vinegar and soused cucumber and malt powder giving balance to the richness of the smoked salmon; the overall effect was for the salmon to be quite salty and smoky, which I like but perhaps would not be to everyone’s taste (17/20). A magnificent savoury Emmenthal cheese soufflé was next on the vegetarian tasting menu, and showed terrific technical execution (that time at Le Gavroche was well spent). For me this was perhaps the dish of the meal, with terrific texture and flavour (18/20). Spelt risotto was garnished with chervil root and was carefully seasoned, enlivened with a little truffle flavour: another excellent dish (17/20). Loin of Dornoch lamb was served with a black olive tapenade crust, a crab and curry tortellini and pumpkin; the lamb was of high quality, though I felt that the crab flavour was rather lost (17/20). We also sampled a couple of extra dishes on the a la carte. A scallop was baked in its shell for eight minutes at 185 degrees after an earlier stage where the scallop was opened, the hard muscle removed and a little truffle jus added before the shell was sterilised and then sealed with pastry for the steaming. The scallops was then opened at the table and served with a little Jerez belotta (acorn fed) ham. This was an excellent dish, the scallop cooked very well, and the ham a good foil for the scallop (easily 17/20). Finally on the savoury courses, grouse was cooked with a sauce flavoured with Armagnac, and served with cabbage, salsify, baby onions and lardons. The grouse was pan-fried initially to get a crisp skin, then cooked in the oven, and then finally finished for a couple of minutes in a pan. The grouse was superb, in this case hung for just four days (some grouse is hung for as long as six days), and avoided the over-gamey flavour that can easily happen with grouse (18/20). Desserts, as so often in UK restaurants, felt as if the kitchen had moved down a gear. Chocolate croustillant was served with Valrhona chocolate cremeux with uzu foam, and was entirely pleasant but I felt lacked intensity of flavour (15/20). Pink grapefruit jelly was served with honeycomb tuiles and passion fruit cream, with melon sorbet and mandarin and passion fruit foam. I liked the tuiles and the ice cream was fine, but I was expecting more passion fruit flavour, and for me a little more grapefruit to provide acidity would have improved things (16/20). Good Illy coffee was offered with petit fours comprising: blackcurrant jelly, lemon cream, chocolate macaroon with pistachio mascarpone, sablé with blueberry ganache and white chocolate disc, and white chocolate and whisky fudge rolled in chocolate and cocoa beans (17/20). The bill for two was £178 before service, though with only moderate wine. Service from our Hungarian waiter was excellent throughout. Overall this was a very fine meal, highlighting excellent local ingredients such as the grouse, and showing strong technique in dishes such as the savoury soufflé. In my view, if desserts were of a higher level then Martin Wishart would be well on the way to a second star.
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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Better than Number 1 at The Balmoral

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

We have been going to Martin Wishart's 3 or 4 times a year for dinner for many years now and we can honestly say that everything is always absolutely perfect! The quality of the cooking is out of this world and the delightful staff (including an extremely knowledgeable sommelier) help to complete the wonderful experience. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

We asked for a special dish that the service forgot, but they charged us in the account, fortunately this was solved. I believe that a restaurant at these prices can not make these mistakes.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

I went for the lunch tasting menu and I thought the whole experience was amazing. The food, drinks atmosphere and service were all very special.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Absolutely incredible meal, with fabulous service, in particular the sommelier who offered great insight into the wines and ports he selected for us. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff too. All in, a truly magical meal and experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Thank you all so much. The whole experience was just wonderful.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Make it clear that accompaning wine listed on the menu opposite the food does cost extra. It wasn't that clear.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

We had the most amazing food for lunch with matching wines - fabulous experience

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 September 2018

An excellent experience all round. The cooking was flawless with superb attention to detail. The service was impeccable, friendly and informative. Our sommelier in particular, provided excellent information about the wines selected.

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

Food incredible. All staff wonderful. Sommelier was amazing and we thought the matched wines for the lunch were perfect.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

The service is the best of any restaurant I have been to - including other Michelin starred restaurants. That really makes it special. The intensity of the flavours in every course was amazing. LOVED the ravioli on the tasting menu!

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

This was the first time we had dined at Restaurant Martin Wishart and we certainly weren't disappointed. The service was excellent and the food and wine pairings were sensational. Very much looking forward to returning sometime soon.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Great experience

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Delicious, exciting food. Perfect service. I also very much liked the white truffle special option.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Martin Wishart is a great restaurant with some of the best food we’ve eaten. I would and will highly recommend!

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 October 2018

Really loved the food and wine selection plus the staff were very friendly and helpful It was a special anniversary for us and a perfect experience for us

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Exceptional food, faultless service. Unsurpassed by any MIchelin star or other restaurant in which we have ever eaten. Kindest Regards, Steve Adair

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Martin Wishart. It was a special occasion and the team cetainly delivered. We had the vegetarian tasting menu, 6 course. It is lovely to be able to go to a fine dining restaurant and have a specific vegetarian menu. The food was lovely, however it would have been nice to have more varied textures. Stand outs for us were definitley the canapes - macaroons, the Amuse Bouche - cepe mousse, and the Mushoroom Ravioli. That being said the service at Martin Wishart was incredible, everybody was lovely and extremely helpful from the second the door was opened for us to being handed our coats back at the end of the night. I would thoroughly recommend anyone in the area to go and have a wondeful experience. Thankyou

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

we were disappointed with the salmon dish and the cheese selection - salmon was tasteless and the cauliflower sauce was slightly overpowering. Cheeses were very average. On the whole compared to previous visits we were not as impressed with the quality of dishes on offer. The wines were not memorable. The Malbec was the best on offer but in our view the red wines aught to have been decanted as on the initial taste they were slightly bitter but once left to breathe for about 30 mins the taste improved. We would have to say that the food and wine was not up to Wishart's usual excellent standard that we have come to expect.

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

Excellent food and wine pairing and some interesting information from the wine producer at the Wine and Dine event.

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

We enjoyed our visit to the Leith restaurant and as in the past, found the food and wine top class. We also loved your restaurant at Cameron House and look forward to the reopening in 2019.

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Visited On Monday, 01 October 2018

Excellent evening provided by an exceptionally talented chef and restaurant team.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

What a fantastic dining experience, totally lived up to my expectations. Dishes were perfectly portioned, the balance of textures and flavours was sublime. The service was impeccable, friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Thank you so much for a lovely evening 😁

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

All round an absolutely fantastic experience as always! Cannot recommend this place highly enough. By far our favourite restaurant of all time. Only one word describes it........amazing!

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Food was outstanding. Service was brilliantly paced and friendly. Amazing wine list and great by the glass options.

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