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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, 11 December 2018

An excellent lunch without a flat note. Don't get through as often as I'd like nowadays but that was well up to your usual superb standard. The added risotto with white truffle and scallop is one of my all time favourites, so I was particularly happy to be offered it as an extra on the menu. Staff have changed over the years, with a few notable exceptions but they remain as friendly, unobtrusive and efficient as always.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Fantastic as always. Accommodating dietary requirements without issue. Best restaurant in Edinburgh by far.

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

never disappointed the staff especially helpful the food is amazing in such a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere can't wait till we visit again thank you

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Nice meal

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Visited On Friday, 07 December 2018

Have visited the restaurant several times and have never been disappointed food is always fabulous , service impeccable. Lovely atmosphere in the restaurant. This time we has a small issue with our wine but this was dealt with in a totally professional and sensitive way. Well done Restaurant Marin wishart you are the best

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Visited On Tuesday, 04 December 2018

Had a fabulous evening at Restaurant Martin Wishart. I’ve been quite a few times but this was one of the best. A beautiful meal. I’m a vegetarian and I thought that the quality of the vegetarian food had stepped up: an increased subtlety of flavours and richness in each of the dishes. The wine was very good and the sommelier helpful, but could have led us more to unusual wines rather than being led by us. All in all a brilliant evening.

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Visited On Thursday, 06 December 2018

Our lunch was excellent, I had white truffle risotto to start which was a real treat, such intense flavours. We always enjoy eating at Wisharts.

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Visited On Saturday, 01 December 2018

Outstanding meal. World class service.

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

The best restaurant in Scotland. So impressive food and service.

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Visited On Friday, 30 November 2018

Excellent meal and a great experience

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Visited On Thursday, 29 November 2018

Love love love the Leith restaurant. My second visit yesterday and everything was just perfect xx

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Thanks for a great night. Food and service were outstanding.

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Visited On Tuesday, 27 November 2018

This really was a wonderful experience. We fully enjoyed the quality of the food, the skilful selection of wines to complement the lunch. The service was good without being too fussy. I would have no doubt in recommending the restaurant and will return.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

*This may be a duplicate review, as I attempted earlier from my phone Our experience was absolutely delightful! Our server, whose name I cannot recall, was an absolute delight. I do know that she is new and from Toronto. She was knowledgeable, friendly and make our meal an absolutely delightful experience. The food itself, was beyond our expectations and when we return to Edinburgh, we will be sure to visit again. Thank you for such an enjoyable lunch.

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Visited On Friday, 23 November 2018

Guter Service aber das Essen war nicht das Erlebnis das ich gedacht habe,

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

I thought the staff were very attentive and helped greatly to make the full experience a pleasure. The food was first class and the amount we received in comparison to whst we paid I would definitely say it was great value. I would highly recommend to anyone for a special occasion.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 November 2018

Fantastic atmosphere, knowledgeable staff. The somellier was amazing, catering for our every need. My only slight grumble would be the speed of service. I appreciate you want people to enjoy an evening and not feel rushed. I felt a little quicker would have made this occasion pure perfection. We felt a few times we were just waiting a little too long and it was getting late. We didn't leave till 12:30!

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Visited On Friday, 23 November 2018

Quite possibly our best ever meal at the restaurant. Fantastic food, excellent service led by Paul. Truffle risotto was, once again, fabulous!

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Visited On Friday, 23 November 2018

Our Dining experience was outstanding from beginning to end. The quality of food and service was exceptional. Every course in the Tasting Menu was exquisite. The combination of flavours was delicious and the presentation was simply beautiful. Well Done to everyone involved. We will be back!

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Visited On Thursday, 22 November 2018

Excellent evening once again - and greatly enjoyed by our friends too. Curious that two of us arrived and were pleasantly seated in the restaurant - then ignored for over 10 minutes, not even a menu or a glass of water offered. Very nice to have the food described each course - but some staff seemed uncomfortable doing it, speaking rather quickly and quietly. That was our general view.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A first class night out. Super , great quality food served by an excellent, friendly team.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Most of the staff spoke too low and fast to understand their explanation of the dishes. The sommelier and the young Canadian girl were most attentive and helpful. The food as usual was delicious. Always a pleasure and made up for any slight let down.

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Visited On Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Four of us dined and had the Autumn Menu. Courses were well selected. I especially enjoyed the scallops, the beef and the soufflé was fabulous. Staff, as always, were so nice and friendly. Highly recommend.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 November 2018

A great meal with the Autumn offer.

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 November 2018

My only reason for a 4 star rating on value for money is the price of wine. My wife asked for a Merlot and was told this was not available, but a very close alternative was suggested. This was priced at £19 for a very small measure, 125ml I believe, which I can only imagine represents a very considerable mark-up. However, in all other respects the meal provided a very enjoyable dining experience.

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