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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 Friday, 22 March 2019

Last minute booking in the morning and fantastic meal. Will be back.

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

The usual excellent food and service. They even went beyond the call of duty in making a soufflé for my dessert although I would have settled for a dessert from the menu.

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

We had a lovely evening and really appreciated being able to take our time to enjoy the excellent food and service.

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Visited On Friday, 22 March 2019

Thank you Chef and your Team for a truly wonderful experience . See you all again in May ❤️😁

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

Artichoke soup was outstanding and, as always, service was first class

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Visited On Thursday, 21 March 2019

Fabulous evening and delicious food would highly recommend

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Visited On Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Great night thank you, my friends had a great night, loved the food and service.

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Excellent food, service and attention to detail.

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Visited On Saturday, 16 March 2019

Food is always top quality. Service has slipped over the last few years though. Nothing major but few little things. On this occasion we hadn’t ordered drinks when the waiter came to take our food order, we ordered bread and butter but it never arrived, we weren’t asked if we wanted drinks replenished and the bill arrived at our table before we’d asked for it leaving us feeling a bit rushed.

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Visited On Thursday, 14 March 2019

Last minute Thursday night booking, excellent and as good as ever.

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Meal and service was amazing. Best part was the warm greeting on a very wet day where we looked like drowned rats. All the food was lovely eating off both the a la carte and the express lunch menu. Only negative feedback is that the scallop starter was one scallop cut in 2. Rest was all fantastic and a really good start to a short break.

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Very friendly and profesional staff. Food and wines are excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 15 March 2019

Portion size for main course was very small. I had 2 or 3 scallops only. My husband’s fish portion was also small.Taste was good but not enough to come back. Our main course took over 45minutes to arrive only after asking about it. A token of free dessert was an acknowledgement of the error. Not a restaurant I would return to.

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Visited On Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Great food and service

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Excellent !

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

A great place to enjoy fabulous food and excellent service.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Service seemed a bit pressurised. Only 3 of the 7 gins on the menu were available. The view of the kitchen servery area from our table was not good, the portion of green beans with the Chateaubriand was very small, the goats cheese and asparagus tartlet was rather small and the asparagus was cold. The Chateaubriand, the cheese souffle and tarte tatin were all excellent. The ladies toilet was not exactly in the condition one would expect in a good restaurant. Overall, a somewhat disappointing experience compared with our previous experience at Loch Lomond and the Cook School.

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

Fabulous as always. Not cheap but head and shoulders one of best in Edinburgh. My guests were blown away with quality of food and service.

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Visited On Thursday, 28 February 2019

Beautiful restaurant with excellent food, decent value considering the quality. Couple of let downs - why are couples seated at the smallest tables where the placemats overlap when all other larger tables for 2 are free - are not occupied all evening. We were not the only couple to be placed at the small tables - only given larger table (reluctantly it seemed) when we made a point. Staff were nice enough however were a bit disorganised - lots of different staff at our table in short space of time and then nobody for ages plus had to keep asking for water to be refilled. Food was so good though and such a lovely place, we will be back

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Visited On Saturday, 09 March 2019

We had to wait too long between starter and main course. The food was excellent but we felt like our main courses were forgotten.

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Good for everything. Glad we checked the final bill as there were a couple of errors. Didn’t really expect that but it got sorted out quickly and plus recommend the restaurant

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Visited On Friday, 08 March 2019

Having been to this restaurant previously and had an excellent evening we were very much looking forward to visiting again. We had to ask for menus after being at our table for 30 minutes, the service in every respect was dire: extremely slow, completely lacking in attention and cheerfulness. The starter which arrived after an hour was good but the main course, another half and hour was cold. We didn’t wait for dessert. Value for money non existent. All in all a hugely disappointing meal. We will not be going back. Martin Wishart and his team, whose reputation this restaurant trades upon need to do something quickly to sort it out.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Always a pleasure to visit The Honours. We have been on 6 occasions and always had an excellent time. The food, ambience and service are outstanding.

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Visited On Wednesday, 06 March 2019

Could not fault the food but was appalled at the miniscule amount of greens I ordered as a side dish costing £4.95.

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Visited On Saturday, 02 March 2019

We had an excellent all round experience at lunch yesterday. Thank you and well done.

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