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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 Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Excellent food!

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Tremendous food at the Rioja vega wine pairing event .great service relaxed and nice atmosphere,friendly service.Amazing food .

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Rioja perfect match with venison. Halibut crevice a triumph. Lemon tart great match with Chardonnay based sweet wine.

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Excellent food served at Rioja Vega wine dinner. Delightful and interesting wines set the dishes off beautifully. As always efficient and charming service. Another hit!

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

The whole evening was fantastic. I couldn’t stop wanting to talk about the food and wine on the train home. Both were great, with layers of flavour. Simon from Great Grog did a great job providing plenty of wine, allowing the waiters to top up glasses several times. Luis from Rioja Vega provided very interesting information about the winery and wines served on the night. They both obviously enjoy their professions. The wines were matched perfectly to each course. I hope the wines taste as good at home! The dishes were wonderful and a pleasure to eat. Each dish was full of flavour, a combination of textures and enhanced by the chosen wine. The ceviche of halibut was lovely and oh, the mango took it over the top. The roasted Orkney scallops were perfectly cooked with the Serrano ham and Parmesan crisp adding the finishing touch. The roe deer was exceptional with all four at our table agreeing the shredded venison in the delicate crispy wrap was the favourite, having a concentrated flavour and contrasting textures of crispness and tender meat. The meal was finished perfectly with the best lemon tart I had had in years. The balance of lemon tartness and sweetness was spot on. The pastry was perfect as well. The staff were friendly, helpful and very professional. Hats off to all involved with providing us with such a memorable evening. Thank you so much for all your hard work and sharing your skills with us.

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Excellent wine tasting of Spanish wine matched expertly by the MW team. Ceviche of halibut and venison were outstanding courses on the tasting menu! Cannot get enough of this fine dining!

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Visited On Monday, 18 February 2019

Service, food, wine all exceptional. I wasn’t expecting anything less but it always makes it a fantastic experience. Worth every penny.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Having been to other similar high quality restaurants, we were delighted to have been given this tasting menu as a wedding gift, however there was no atmosphere and the whole evening seemed autonomous, with the same speech being heard across the tables. We are not tea/coffee drinkers so were left during one course with no water or wine and the small h'ordeuvres for a long and uncomfortable period of time - so left. Such a shame. We would not go back to this restaurant.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

As you'd expect from a Michelin star restaurant the food and service was immaculate. Staff were attentive without being intrusive, and all very knowledgeable, particularly the sommelier. My fiancé and I were here for her birthday as a treat, and a treat it was. Nice touch was a birthday card and restaurant made chocolates for my fiancé. Have I had an as enjoyable gastronomic experience for less than £100/head, probably. Would I go back to Martin Wisharts, yes for a special special occasion only!

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Visited On Saturday, 16 February 2019

Absolutely fantastic as always!

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Disappointed!. We did not feel lunch had the usual WOW factor. Beetroot amuse bouche and aubergine dip we have had twice already. The fish was lovely, as was the pork cheek, but the desserts seemed 'tired'. Hard apple base on one, and more like a cheesecake for the other. We ordered Albarino wine, but it had not been delivered?. Not what one expects from a Michelin starred restaurant!! Staff seemed stretched, and we could not understand what a couple of them were saying!!. As an International ESOL examiner, I am used to dealing with non native speakers.... We all felt very disappointed, as we always come from Aberdeen to Martin Wishart for special occasion lunches. We will be going somewhere else with our Edinburgh friends next time we are in town!.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

See TA review - Edward1951S

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Everything very enjoyable indeed. Only comment is on the soufflé which was a wee bit bland in my opinion. Lovely staff esp sommelier.

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Visited On Friday, 15 February 2019

Service was perfect combination of attentive and friendly.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 February 2019

10/10

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Really attentive staff and fantastic food.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 February 2019

wonderful food, beautifully and imaginatively cooked, superbly presented by welcoming attentive staff

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Superb experience. Thank you

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Visited On Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Been a while since we visited. Delighted to find the quality had not diminished. In fact it was the best lunch ever. Booked again to return in May.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 February 2019

We both enjoyed our lunch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 05 February 2019

Great food no smoke or dry ice just good honest cooking with a great marriage of flavour , the knowledge of the sommelier was amazing, however there is not a lot of choice on the a la carte, and if you are not a great fan of fish you are going to struggle, the only thing that spoiled our evening was that a gentleman on an adjacent table had constant beeping of his phone and he continued to wear a bobble hat throughout dinner ! Looking forward to returning and trying the lunch menu !

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Food was astonishingly good and service was superb. Very minor blemish was the lack of petit fours served with our coffee, after lunch. However we didn’t raise it at the time.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Although we thoroughly enjoyed our food and the whole experience on reflection we wished we’d had the a la cartel menu rather than the tasting menu especially when we saw what other guests were enjoying. The whole experience was exquisite. Can’t wait to return.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

Excellent food, friendly and knowledgeable staff. A great time had by all.

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Visited On Friday, 08 February 2019

My 3rd time at this top drawer restaurant. It never lets you down. Fantastic

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