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Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH6 6RA
Critics Review 17/20
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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 Friday, 19 April 2019

Dîner excellent et un sommelier hors norme!

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Visited On Friday, 19 April 2019

I've been to Martin Wishart's a number of times, and it never fails to please. The service is excellent and the food is wonderful; they cater extremely well for a gluten-free veggie. I'll keep coming back.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Had the amazing 8 course Taster Menu paired with the Discovery wine option

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

Mathew, the Sommelier, is a real gem. So knowledgeable and helpful - highly skilled at matching wines to each course and the diner's preferences. All staff are professional & knowledgeable. Paul, the Maitre d', always gives a warm welcome and has created a first class front of house team focusing on delivering consistently excellent service...always creating a most enjoyable dining experience.

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Visited On Thursday, 18 April 2019

We had the tasting menu with matched wines. It was a perfect experience. The food is a range of wonderful tastes, many explode in your mouth. The matched wines were carefully chosen and worked perfectly with the food. I’m gluten free and that was well catered for. I couldn’t recommend it more as a lovely experience.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

super tastes

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

6 course tasting menu was delicious and good value. Sommelier has done a fantastic job of pairing the wines

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

My partner and I dined at your restaurant yesterday evening, having the 8 course tasting menu with the discovery wines. When we were seated at the restaurant I asked the young gentleman to please have a menu signed by the chefs so that we could frame this and keep it to remember the evening. Unfortunately when we received the bill and requested the signed menu, the young man informed us that the chefs had gone home as they were going on holiday. This left a sour taste on what was a lovely evening and not what we would have expected from a restaurant of this quality. On a more positive note, Matthieu our Sommelier was excellent, personable and very knowledgeable and emailed the wines we tasted along with the dishes we had.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

We booked into the bistro but ended up at this restaurant due to extractor fan incident. However, thanks to Martin and an interesting chat about his Uncle, before a taxi and drinks that Martin had arranged we then duly left The Honours for the next adventure to “At Restaurant Martin Wishart”. We arrived and true to Martin’s word a table had been set aside and all had been explained to the staff. The restaurant was busy with tables of 2, 4 ,6 and upwards with all enjoying themselves. I have to say that I am not usually a fan of Taste Dining as the food I find is not to my liking as I have a very narrow band of food that I can eat. However, having said that I have to say that I really enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The service was timed to almost complete perfection and with time time to allow us to ‘converse’ in between the plates, and the night just seemed to fly by. The food was excellent and also the wine which I am sure that the wine was from Cornucopia’s The Horn of Plenty! We both left surprisingly very full and shocked at how the evening had turned out. One of those serendipity moments. Martin we will keep the promise made and will visit The Honours next time we are up with all fans working... Thanks Martin. however this is an expensive restaurant in comparison to the Bistro that Martin arranged booked for but Martin was generous enough to offer us by paying for the taxi and the drinks

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Visited On Saturday, 13 April 2019

Fantastic food experience

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

We had a lovely evening at the restaurant. The staff were attentive, friendly and professional. The ambiance was not pretentious (a good thing!) or stuffy, so it was easy to relax and have a good time. But in honesty i felt the food though lovely was a bit uninteresting. The basil foam with tomatoes and croquettes were the highlight of the meal — delicious, light and surprising. The ceviche, snails and all other items were ok (John Dury was slightly tough, prob over cooked). Nothing offensive about the meal but again few, if any, surprises, food fairly bland. Langoustines which, when fresh, can stand alone with rock salt, got lost in a bunch of stuff to the point where it didn’t matter what was placed in there, you wouldn’t taste or recognise it. And the two deserts...one so overly sweet and with no texture except for custard was not good at all. The second was also not good except for the sorbet, which was refreshing, light and finally not too sweet. Plus seeing the exact same things rolled out to all the tables around us made it feel as though we were in a cafeteria assembly line instead of a Michelin Star restaurant. And the truffles...perhaps consider adding some salt into the caramel or more chocolate or anything that would give some depth of flavour but again it was just overly sweet with no interesting flavour to end the night. I wish I had better things to say but now I think I know why we were able to find a table here so easily. We still had a wonderful night and nothing was so bad as to be worthy of complaint, but the food definitely needs a makeover.

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Visited On Friday, 29 March 2019

Extremely attentative staff and excellent food

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

staff and food are ex.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

My husband and I visited with friends, travelling from Lincolnshire, with high expectations of our visit to Restaurant Martin Wishart: we were not disappointed. The warm, friendly welcome; the superbly attentive service; the well composed and balanced tasting menu with delightful flavours and the freshest of ingredients; the highly knowledgeable and attentive sommelier; all components combined to create an outstanding and memorable dining experience. We have dined extensively at fine dining restaurants in the UK and abroad and Restaurant Martin Wishart certainly puts the vast majority in the shade. Thank you. What perhaps is most unique and special about this venue is the manifest open honesty and clarity of the evident philosophy of letting the food and wine express the themes and foundations of what this restaurant aims is to achieve with a total lack of pretence with all efforts hence being directed towards creating a superb dining experience. We would not hesitate in recommending Restaurant Martin Wishart.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

Wonderful food. Service quality was good- frequency of Interventions felt right, timing of courses was just right too. Sommelier was charming, knowledgeable and warm. One chap was happy to give us 5 minutes to explain the history and local area. It felt very human and warm and the food was excellent as you would expect- I think the service made our experience particularly memorable. We were not offered a choice of tables (it was empty when we arrived) but the table we were given was fine. I discovered later that I was overcharged- we ordered 1 x sommelier’s selection but were charred for 2.

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Visited On Saturday, 23 March 2019

My daughter and I had an excellent experience. My daughter is vegetarian, and I can't express in words how fabulous it was that we could each order a prix fixe menu with wine paring and enjoy the meal as it should be enjoyed. Every morsel was delicious. Special kudos to our sommelier - Matthieu. His choices were superb, and elevated the meal experience to a ethereal level.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

An excellent meal as usual, made all the more enjoyable by both Paul and Matthieu taking time to discuss the menu and wines in detail, and make interesting suggestions.

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Visited On Friday, 12 April 2019

World class food and service.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

The service was excellent and the food unique. Thank you for the experience, Lilian.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

Recently dined at Restaurant Martin Wishart for the third time. Fantastic meal as always, we are never disappointed by the stunning dishes and delightful service. Looking forward to our fourth visit.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

The usual attentive service and excellent food

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Great food and a great night.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

We had the 8 dish tasting menu and really enjoyed it. The wine selected by the sommelier was going very well with the meat dishes. And thanks for the wee extra for my birthday.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 April 2019

Another lovely lunch at Martin Wishart . The staff are so welcoming and the food and service are first class .

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Excellent food and friendly service. The recommended wines complimented the dishes perfectly.

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