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 Saturday, 22 June 2019

Fantastic as ever!

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Visited On Thursday, 20 June 2019

We had an amazing lunchtime experience at the MW restaurant. The food & wine were delicious and the staff were most receptive. I hope to visit again soon.

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Visited On Friday, 21 June 2019

As a regular customer visiting over many years it never disappoints.

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Visited On Friday, 21 June 2019

The service was a little slow at the beginning

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Visited On Thursday, 20 June 2019

Casual chic ambience with top notch, professional service and an exquisitely prepared, completely memorable dinner. It was a perfect evening in every way.

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Visited On Thursday, 20 June 2019

As always a pleasure to dine in. The food is beautifully cooked and presented. Staff are attentive but not overly so.

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Visited On Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Appreciated our Guide Dog puppy in training being allowed in the restaurant. The staff were all very good and welcoming to him as well. The bowl of water for him was a nice touch.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Sadly, I think the mark-up on glasses of wine are extortionate My daughter felt that a £10 charge to have cheese rather than pudding was also regrettable, particularly as the cheeseboard was missing-- taking the fun away A fine meal spoilt by greed from the wrong direction

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 June 2019

We love Restaurant Martin Wishart and on our visit yesterday we were not disappointed. The food was wonderful and service exceptional. Can’t recommend the place highly enough.

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Visited On Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Everything about our lunch was excellent, great food, great value and great service. Thank you so much for a really enjoyable experience

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Must confess to being very disappointed with our visit, which was a gift. The staff and service were excellent, however I felt the food was not at Michelin standard, having been at Three Chimneys and The Kitchin it sadly fell well short of their standard and was considerably more expensive.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

Lovely restaurant but found the service slightly lacking! Felt the room was very crowded. Food lovely.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Food was amazing. We would certainly come back for the food. Wine pairing was a huge let down. The Rose with the first course was OK. The second was a Malbec from NZL- definitely below par. NZL is not known for their bigger reds- why pick a Malbec from NZL? The 3rd wine (sommelier described is as between a Pinot Nior and Nebbiolo) had very good potential but the tannins were not well integrated. The rest of the wines were acceptable. The quantity of wine served was quite small - definitely a lot less than a standard drink. We dined at another Michelin Star restaurant close by. Have to say that their wine selection was much better.

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Visited On Saturday, 15 June 2019

The front of house staff were brilliant, friendly, approachable and very knowledgable. Not pretentious at all

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Attended 14/619 for lunch-The food was delicious and the extra courses provided were a lovely surprise! The staff were friendly, polite and knowledgeable about the food. I would definitely return.

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Visited On Friday, 14 June 2019

Fantastic meal again at Martin Wishart. Opted for the set lunch. Everything was just delicious and full of flavour. Glad they have retained the beetroot and horseradish macaron which just melts in the mouth. The other amuse buche were equally as good. Good choice in each of the courses in the set lunch and my partner and I opted to try them all. No weak dish amongst them. Excellent value for money as well and would recommend going for the accompanying wines which complement the food perfectly. Still my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh and likely to remain that way. A must try if you are visiting the city.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

It is an expensive restaurant, but the food was superb. Friendly and informal for such fine dining.

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Visited On Thursday, 13 June 2019

Make sure you are far away from both the kitchen and entrance door.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Delicious, inventive and well presented dishes served in a relaxed environment by attentive and friendly staff. Our evening was a complete pleasure from start to finish.

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Visited On Saturday, 08 June 2019

Brilliant as ever, outstanding food, wine and ambiance. Another great meal at RMW. Thanks to the team!

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

What a lovely team of professionals. The food is always excellent and exquisitely presented. The tastes are amazing. I first came here 20 years ago when it was tiny and newly opened. I’m so glad he’s still going strong.

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Visited On Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Always a lovely experience

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Attentive service - helpful and informative about dishes offered on menu. Dishes were faultless and flavoursome - menu descriptions did not do justice to the exciting dishes served. Prices of wine by glass very reasonable for a restaurant of this standard.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Excellent food and experience. A few of us had the vegetarian courses and enjoyed it immensely. A must visit in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Lovely restaurant with classical cooking. Service very nice although sommelier could have engaged more when asked for recommendations - he was very hesitant to offer his opinions/preferences, not at all what I’d expect here. Food overall very good although a couple of dishes (langoustine, snail ravioli) were a little underwhelming. Pigeon with garam masala sauce and braised pig’s trotter were highlights - really excellent. The atmosphere was good for a Tuesday evening - although all those tourists snapping away at every course and endlessly tapping on their mobile phones is a little depressing!

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