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 Tuesday, 16 July 2019

When asked to choose win3 I asked for a bottle of Muscadet but our waiter didn’t know what that was. Turned.out it 2as his first day. Lesson for you —— don’t send an untrained person to deal with specialist areas

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

All in all, this is a fantastic restaurant with friendly service and great food with creative accents. The Madeira finish on the steaks was a nice touch, the white chocolate mousse was great, and the duck fat chips are a must--the perfect hybrid between a roastie and a chip! There were two quibbles however--one minor, the other quite major. The smoked salmon starter unfortunately had a bone in it, although this may be more on the supplier than the restaurant. However, my major issue is that the Gruner Veltliner on the wine list is a hideous, abhorrent disgrace to the varietal. This is typically a complex white with a minerally note and a finish that usually speaks of white pepper; I'm a fan of GV particularly because of the complexity it has for a white. However, the GV served was completely clean (which of course, is wine speak for flat, boring, and offensively unoffensive). It had absolutely none of the character that the wine is supposed to have; I might as well have been drinking Pinot Grigio. I blame this on the wine selected to represent the varietal; I would be loathe to think that this was a matter of improper storage on behalf of the restaurant. Please, for God's sake, get rid of this wine; it fails to do the rest of your business any justice.

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Fabulous food, beautifully matched wines with exemplary yet relaxed service. Not sure five stars are enough!

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Visited On Saturday, 13 July 2019

Delicious food - our fish/seafood dishes were perfectly cooked and the tarte tatin was the best ever tasted even in France. Particularly appreciated the staff who were efficient and friendly without being intrusive or overbearing which can sometimes be the case in this type of restaurant. A bit noisy which unfortunately the case in modern restaurants with all hard surfaces.

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Wonderful venue for graduation celebrations- we all loved it.

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

A menu with a lot of choice and some great wine

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Fantastic evening from start to finish. Great, food, service, wines and ambiance as always. Superbly relaxing time with my family. Loved it so much. Thank you

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Visited On Friday, 12 July 2019

Our food was excellent with the cheese soufflé and madeleines my highlights and the soufflé and venison my partners. The young man in charge was excellent very good with information and good conversation the type of person who makes a restaurant.....you can’t beat top staff! We have eaten both here and at Wisharts before and you still met expectations

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

THE MANAGER WHO SERVED US WAS UNQUESTIONABLY THE HARDEST WORKING MANAGER I HAVE COME ACROSS. HE DID NOT DELEGATE TO OTHERS BUT ROLLED UP HIS SLEEVES AND SERVED.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 July 2019

Thanks for great food, atmosphere and the super staff who looked after us so well. It really added to a very special family occasion

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 July 2019

Fantastic meal - as always

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Excellent as ever.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

We had a lovely meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Your staff were incredibly welcoming, friendly and helpful. The food was faultless!

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Visited On Thursday, 04 July 2019

Absolutely delicious food! Cocktails were also very special.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Service fantastic, food excellent with very precise presentation. maybe should been advised a side with some mains.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

It was the perfect evening after I’d proposed to my partner during the day. The food was absolutely beautiful, possibly the nicest we’ve ever eaten, and the staff made us feel extra special with a complementary glass of fizz each to celebrate. Thank you.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 July 2019

Dined on express menu.

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Service was very good apart from long wait between main course & sweet. The food was very enjoyable. Main issue was of unpleasant smell from the kitchen throughout the meal - and we were seated some way away from the kitchen, with all tables further away being occupied.

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Visited On Friday, 05 July 2019

Superb as always, thank you

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Visited On Wednesday, 03 July 2019

Amazing food, service and one of the best cocktails I have had! Delicious!

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 July 2019

I cannot imagine having a more seriously enjoyable dinner as a first night experience in Edinburgh. Reassuringly professional reception, and welcome to an elegant dining room. Some helpful comments on the menu followed by the highest quality ingredients prepared to perfection. Special mention for the Lindisfarne oysters (at least comparable with Gillardeau for quality), and a perfectly executed and totally sumptuous cheese and spinach soufflée. Kudos to the barman for his exquisite, potent cocktails. I may be alone in not appreciating male diners removing their shoes at a neighbouring table - but I am not used to Scotland perhaps? Would nonetheless recommend, and hope to return.

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Visited On Saturday, 22 June 2019

We had Lunch for Table (5 Courses and I choose to match wines with the courses), food was amazing, every detail was perfect and they had to adapt as I have an egg allergy. Every course and matching wine was fabulous as were the staff, very informative, it is pricey but honestly you definitely get what you pay for, I think this is now my favourite Edinburgh Restaurant. Thanks

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Amazing meal - outstanding ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Visited On Saturday, 29 June 2019

Had A Lovely Lunch; The Express Lunch Menu Was Delicious & Just The Right Balance For Lunchtime. A Nice Treat Indeed!

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