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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

Facilities

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
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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 Thursday, 16 August 2018

Excellent food as always and excellent service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

wonderful!

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Outstanding all around!

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Visited On Wednesday, 15 August 2018

We always say that the experience can’t get better, but it does. A joy. Stunning food, beautiful environment and wonderful people. Well done Paul. We will miss Jean Christophe so much. All the best. Good luck to Molly at Archerfield. The best restaurant in Scotland and probably UK and beyond. Look forward to lunch next week.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Fantastic evening as usual , thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

WE had an excellent dinner here. The service was top class. We really enjoyed the flexibility of the menu, able tp swap out a dish or two from the veggie or the specials menu. The food was delicious and overall a grand experience.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Lovely lunch with friendly staff. Varied menu options helped to get a great experience. Brilliant wines chosen by the semelion. Thank you

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

We had a lovely evening , food and service first class . Sommelier was particularly helpful

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Easily seen why this has held a Michelin star for so long. Quite simply the food was exquisite!

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Visited On Saturday, 11 August 2018

We had a fabulous time from the moment we entered the restaurant to the moment we left. Service was charming, attentive, knowledgeable and good humoured. Words are not enough to describe the exquisite food. It not only tasted delicious.it was beautiful to look at. This was a Golden Wedding celebration and we were made to feel really special.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Very interesting matching wines, excellent choices

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Great food. Always a high standard. A special mention for Jean-Christophe and a big thank you for looking after us with such style over the years.

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Visited On Friday, 10 August 2018

Lunch menu is superb value. Excellent food and service

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Again a great and special dining experience. As always ! Food, staff, atmosphere.....all excellent. Come on, people from Michelin. This restaurants deserves more stars ! :-D

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Visited On Thursday, 09 August 2018

Eating here is a very special experience - perfect for a very special celebration...

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Visited On Wednesday, 08 August 2018

Excellent meal in relaxed surroundings, thank you. Staff are highly knowledgeable and attentive. We hope to return soon!

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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

The food was excellent, on a par with Cameron House but the restaurant atmosphere was not. Cars parked right outside window, buses thundering past and people continuously walking past made for less than intimate dining experience

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Visited On Saturday, 28 July 2018

Great

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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

Super food, beautifully presented and fantastic service

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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

Wonderful experience all round. First class personal attention given with a few delicious foody extras included. Beautiful presentation of food and pleasant relaxed atmosphere. Can honestly say I discovered my favourite starter of all time which was the veal sweetbreads with their deliciously amazing flavours and textures. Well done everyone, well deserved Michelin Star. Thank you so much. John & Nancy xx

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

My wife and I were at Martin Wishart’s eponymous restaurant for a mid-week lunch in the July heatwave. The carpeting and smart tablecloths made the room pleasantly quiet, though it was almost full. The highly accomplished kitchen, led by head chef Joe Taggart, demonstrated a meticulous attention to detail. Every member of the serving team was smart, helpful and highly professional, and the kitchen sent out beautiful, precisely executed dishes providing incredible depth of flavour in every ingredient. It seems invidious to single out any particular elements, but the biggest 'Wows' were at the pea velouté amuse-bouche, tomato pressé, veal sweetbreads and the miraculous Parmesan oil. I would agree with restaurant critic Andy Hayler: “There are plenty of worse two star Michelin restaurants around than this, so its single star seems quite mean to me.” For us it was certainly a wonderful meal.

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

This was the best meal of our entire trip- and we enjoyed other fantastic meals from top-rated restaurants on this trip as well. Every little thing was superb! I died and went to heaven when I tasted the hand/rolled linguine with the black truffle and leek! And my husband met me there when he enjoyed the wagyu beef and langostine main!!! The foie gras starter was the best I’ve ever had! To top it all off the service was impeccable. The wine recommendations were on point- we even wrote some down in hopes of having them in the future. This was a culinary experience to remember!! Thank you for such a wonderful meal!!

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Visited On Thursday, 26 July 2018

My client and I had a fantastic lunch. The food and service was excellent. I thought the Veal Tartare & Crab amuse-bouche was really good. See you again soon.

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Been to your restaurant a few times over the years, and as usual we have had a wonderful experience food is excellent, as is the service just one complaint the wine seems to be on the dear side as is common to most fine dining restaurants

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