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 13:30
Du Jour Lunch £35.00
A La Carte Menu £90.00
Six Course Tasting Menu from £90.00
Six Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £80.00
Eight Course Tasting £120.00
Eight Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £110.00

Saturday 12:00 to 13:30
A La Carte Menu £90.00
Five Course Tasting £80.00
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 £90.00
Six Course Tasting Menu £90.00
Six Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £80.00
Eight Course Tasting Menu £120.00
Eight Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £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, 20 August 2019

Sublime food, impeccable service, dining there is always a wonderful experience.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 August 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed our meal, but had difficulty understanding the waiters French accent. At times I was unsure of all the ingredients but I would have to say every bite was delicious. Would love to visit again.

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

Excellent food, great service, perfect lunch, thank you!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Wonderful food, great service! will come again

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

We had a fantastic meal. The food was delicious as was the matching wines. We all had a great night.

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Great service 😁

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Excellent service and food from start to finish

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Visited On Saturday, 17 August 2019

Perfection in every respect.

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Visited On Friday, 16 August 2019

This was the sixth time we have eaten at the restaurant. We always make sure to come here during our visit to the Fringe. On every occasion the experience has been exceptional. The quality of ingredients, the balance of flavours, presentation, all sublime. In addition a good wine list although light on choice of rose.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Food was superb as it always is- service could have been sharper and our drinks were a little on the warm side - aperitif could have done with more ice and bottle of Chablis had to be decanted and put on ice to cool it down ... surely at a restaurant of this calibre white wine should be cold?

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Visited On Thursday, 15 August 2019

From entering to leaving the restaurant, you are personally looked after and to the table, ordering and eating and drinking everything is very smooth, service is attentive when it needs to be. The food is great too.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Five stars for the food, atmosphere and service. A lovely experience!!! The pairings of wine with each course was wonderful in terms of taste, but does add significantly to the cost. So not quite five stars for Value for Money for this portion only.

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Excellent Lunch!

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Visited On Wednesday, 14 August 2019

We have been coming to the restaurant for many years and rated it as our worldwide favourite. However this visit was extremely disappointing. The service was below the standard seen in the past, possibly because there were all new faces. The food was good but not at the outstanding standard of past visits. The replacement of the cheese trolley with a cheese plate was a big disappointment, but we understand that this decision is to be reversed. We will try the restaurant one more time but without an improvement we will cross it off our ‘must go to’ list

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Maybe my expectations prior to visiting were too high, but my only description would be "underwhelming". Everything was OK. Fair to good. A 3.5/5.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Our favourite restaurant and we’ve been to a few! It was good to go into the kitchen and have a wee chat with Martin.

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Visited On Tuesday, 13 August 2019

another fine meal but we were disappointed at the absence of the cheese trolley.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Absolutely fantastic!! Best in town!

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

A superb birthday lunch

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

It was an amazing dining experience. A symphony on my palate. My friend drank too much Scotch whiskey to come with me and the staff made me feel very comfortable dining alone. Thank you for a fabulous evening.

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

The wine service was slow. Whilst the sommelier was very knowledgeable and obliging he needed better support to provide wine when it was required

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Visited On Saturday, 10 August 2019

Food was outstanding, service exemplary. An altogether extremely enjoyable dining experience.

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

We had a fantastic experience at Martin Wishart! The food and the drinks were excellent, but what made the night special was the friendly and professional staff. Matthieu and the rest of the staff were very professional, knowledgeable and friendly! We will be definitely going back.

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Visited On Friday, 09 August 2019

We where there to celebrate our friends 60th birthday. We had the most enjoyable lunch. From start to finish I don’t have one negative comment. It was a very enjoyable experience. Will most certainly be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 August 2019

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