The Honours

58A North Castle Street, Edinburgh , United Kingdom, EH2 3LU
Critics Review 16/20
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Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed

Tuesday - 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 9.30pm

Wednesday- 12pm - 2pm, 6pm - 9.30pm

Thursday- 12pm - 2pm, 6pm- 9.30pm

Friday- 12pm- 2pm, 5.30pm- 9.30pm

Saturday- 12pm - 2pm, 5.30pm - 9.30pm

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About The Honours

Having launched the Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart in 1999, Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond in Cameron House Hotel in 2008 and his exclusive Cook School in 2007, Martin opened The Honours Brasserie to great acclaim in 2011.

Martin aims to further strengthen Scotland's reputation for good food and to inspire others with his unequivocal enthusiasm for the very best traditional and modern French cuisine. The Honours Brasserie represents the exciting next step of his journey.

The restaurant's name makes reference to the moment in Scottish history when Sir Walter Scott — who lived nearby — uncovered the Scottish Crown Jewels, also known as The Honours of Scotland.

In addition, the name owes a debt to a rare 18th century book, "the Honours of the Table". In this celebrated volume, the author, Rev. Dr. John Trusler, advised the youth of the day on table etiquette, exclaiming that: "To do the honours of a table gracefully, is one of the outlines of a well-bred man..."

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: £££

Cuisine: Fine Dining
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Review By Andy Hayler
16/20
The Honours is the casual sister of Martin Wishart’s flagship Leith restaurant and opened in 2011. There is a bar as you enter, and the dining room is on the left. It is smartly decorated, so although a brasserie in style it feels a touch more formal than, say, a pub. Paul Tamburrini is the head chef, and has been here since the restaurant opened.. He had been executive chef at One Devonshire Gardens for almost five years, and before that had been head chef at the Cameron House hotel in Loch Lomond, which ironically now houses another Martin Wishart restaurant. The menu has lots of appealing dishes, and a wide selection of aged Scottish beef. The wine list had detailed tasting notes, and labels such as Leyda Reserve Merlot 2015 at £28.50 for a bottle that you can pick up in the high street for £10, Little Beauty Pinot Noir 2014 at £50.50 compared to its retail price of £27, and Henri Darnat Mersault 2013 at £90 for a wine whose current market price is £43. I was intrigued to try the smoked salmon, which is smoked for the restaurant by a butcher called Campbell’s Fine Meat in Linlithgow. We had a taste as sort of amuse-bouche, served with a quail egg and chopped onion and chives. It is hard to score something like smoked salmon, but this was definitely a superior form of the breed, having excellent flavour and silky texture. This is up there with some of the very best smoked salmon that I have tried. A signature dish of the restaurant is truffled tagliatelle with scallops. This featured hand-dived Orkney scallops excellent pasta and Italian black truffles. This was a lovely dish, the scallops top class and the hint of truffle coming through nicely (16/20). Crab with Marie rose sauce was enjoyable if not quite in the same league, the crab fresh and shell-free, served with chopped tomato, white radish, espelette pepper, the sauce, wheat cracker and a garnish of nasturtium leaf and pea shoots. For me the sauce could have been a bit more boldly seasoned, but this was certainly a good dish (15/20). Halibut came with fennel and tapenade of black olive and pepper. The fish was accurately cooked and the tapenade worked nicely to lift the mild flavour of the halibut (15/20). Partridge was even more impressive, avoiding the rubbery tendency that this meat can have in less skilled hands than these. The bird was served with crisp and nice salted game chips and bread sauce, with a green salad on the side (16/20). Both thin chips and green beans were capably made. Cheese was in good condition, a selection including St Maure de Touraine. For dessert we had apple tart tatin, the puff pastry here made from scratch in the kitchen and having excellent texture, the apples cooked until golden but not beyond, their sharpness nicely balancing the sugar used. This was a very fine tart tatin indeed (17/20). Service was excellent, led by a manager who had served m six years previously when I had been to Wishart in Leith. Drinks topping up was slick, the dishes came at a steady pace and the waiters we encountered were friendly and professional. The bill came to £106 a head, but that was with copious amounts of good wine and a cheese course. If you had three courses and shared a modest bottle then a typical cost per person would be about £70. Given the high quality of the produce used here and the skill in the kitchen that seems pretty fair to me.
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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

Great evening, great food, great service. THanks

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

How much room do I have for my text? All was good or excellent and you will learn nothing if we go into that. There are negative points if you are inclined to read, you may improve. £175 is a lot of money for a meal and all needs to be excellent. Crab starter underwhelming and lacking taste intensity. Fillet steak came with one stick of asparagus and no other accompaniements-astonishing. (Potatoes and veg are cheap and would cost you pennies to add) The tiny blob of bone marrow was tasteless in my opinion and unpleasant in my wife's opinion. Dessert again underwhelming. cappuccino coffees warm (not hot!,) with a biscuit that could have been out a packet and coco nibs which everyone knows are inedible Service very good but the staff rushed, almost ran up up and down the restaurant all evening not lending to a relaxed atmosphere for diners. Decor lacks imagination and visual interest (dark walls with large gold circles) Highlight were the intense, reduced sauces but the meat they accompanied seemed to lack taste and texture. Portions stingy. We had hoped for a meal that would score 90% or over at this price but it scored 77% being outscored on a value basis by a very large number of other restaurants we have been to over the years. This sounds like a horrible experience which it wasn't but with a little effort and thought, the experience could have easily been improved with almost no extra cost to Martin Wishart.

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

This is the best brasserie in Edinburgh by a country mile. The food and service is always of such a high standard it is very very difficult to find anything to complain about. Unless you are the type of person who has to complain about something

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Visited On Saturday, 14 September 2019

I have been to this restaurant lots of times and enjoyed ever minuet if it, but this time I feel it needs a complete make over, its very tired the staff also seem to be just going through the motions. The menu should also be scraped as it’s been the same since forever, specials are fine now and again but this time a £15 supplement if you wanted to order the steak that’s way too much. It’s lost it’s mojo time for a change guys.

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Visited On Friday, 13 September 2019

I would have liked the wait staff to have a better command of the English language

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Visited On Thursday, 12 September 2019

Everything was perfect. Shall return.

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Visited On Thursday, 12 September 2019

Delicious and excellent service.

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

Excellent service, beautiful decor And the food quality and attention to detail as good as I remember from my visit 2 years ago. Thankyou

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Visited On Saturday, 07 September 2019

Seemed to be waitresses first day- although everyone has to start somewhere and she was really nice. Food was fabulous. Took way too long for the Mains to be served.

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 September 2019

Delicious starter and main courses. The service was good and efficient.

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

It was delightful, had a lovely time.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

Had a great time, everything was perfect! Will be back.

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

We had a lovely night, the staff were all incredibly nice and the food was delicious - highly recommended.

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Visited On Friday, 06 September 2019

Lovely people. Great food

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Visited On Wednesday, 04 September 2019

We had a lovely meal. The service was excellent and overall it was extremely good value for money.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

First visit to this restaurant and was greatly impressed. First class food ingredients and cooking and presentation was very impressive. Staff are very good. Will return soon.

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Visited On Thursday, 05 September 2019

Had the early bird dinner. Fantastic food and value for money. Liked the fact you could get a carafe of wine instead of glass or bottle.

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Visited On Tuesday, 03 September 2019

We absolutely loved the whole experience. The food was amazing and beautifully presented and the staff were attentive without being obtrusive.

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

Fantastic food, service and environment. We love eating here, and I can fully recommend you leave some of the more complicated decision making, such as wine pairing, to the team. They get it right every time, and you'll always come away both surprised and delighted.

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Visited On Saturday, 24 August 2019

Thoroughly enjoyed being guests here on our wedding anniversary. Very attentive staff, special thanks to the sommelier who was extremely informative and our waiter who was very helpful with our queries. Each course was delicious and we will definitely recommended this restaurant to anyone looking for a fabulous evening.

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

The usual high standard of service and food

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Visited On Friday, 30 August 2019

My favourite restaurant in Edinburgh for reliability on all fronts. Lunch menu always excellent and good value. Service immaculate. Whole experience enjoyable.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 August 2019

We had an exquisite meal, (as always), we particularly appreciated the advice of the sommelier and the quality of the cocktails! But all the staff looked after us so well. I love this place, it's tranquil and the food is always perfection in an interesting and beautiful way.

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Visited On Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Amazing food, faultless service and and great decor.

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