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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
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Cuisine: Fine Dining
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Critics Review
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 Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Excellent

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Visited On Saturday, 13 October 2018

We had an excellent meal. The food was great and ther service was very good. We will definitely be back.

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Visited On Friday, 12 October 2018

Fabulous lunch with great service and excellent wine selection

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Fantastic dining experience!

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Lovely friendly staff. Excellent food in a spacious attractive dining room.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

I really enjoyed the food thank you. The portion sizes were ideal for a lunch and the food was more hearty than I expected, happily so. The staff were friendly and helpful without being over attentive. Very good indeed.

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Visited On Thursday, 11 October 2018

Just great food and great service

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Atmosphere can be a bit cool

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Visited On Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Lovely atmosphere and great food

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Visited On Tuesday, 09 October 2018

While the food is generally ok I suggest a better description of some dishes eg the bouillabaisse was nothing like the traditional rich spicy fish stew we've had before. The waiter should explain this. It was disappointing. The halibut was also pretty ordinary. Oysters lacked flavour.

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

Our first time at The Honours. We had a lovely meal, the staff were lovely and welcoming and the food was excellent. Would definitely recommend The Honours for a great night out.

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

The waiter seemed like she had no experience. When I asked if a certain Chardonnay was suitable for a spesific starter (crab) seg asked yeah sure whitewine goes fine with fish. I Expect more from a restaurant like this. Otherwise very satisfied with the food - very Good!!!

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Visited On Saturday, 06 October 2018

excellent food and attentive service

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Visited On Friday, 05 October 2018

Food was fantastic & beautifully presented. Service was attentive & friendly. Very much enjoyed the experience & shall be back

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Great dining experience.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

We haven’t managed a visit to The Honours for quite a while but Lisa welcomed us back and the food was as good as we remembered.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

Fabulous lunch, worth every penny.

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Visited On Tuesday, 02 October 2018

The food, wine and service were excellent. It was a delicious meal and we will recommend The Honours to friends visiting Edinburgh

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Visited On Friday, 28 September 2018

Amazing food

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Greeted with a friendly welcome and offered to either sit and have a drink prior to being seated or go straight to the table. Service was effieicient and with a smile. Chateubriand was beautiful, as were the Coconut Parfait and Praline desserts. Would definitely recommend to friends to try 😀

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

My wife and I had the 3-course express lunch this weekend and really enjoy it. The food was delicious and beautifully presented, and the staff were helpful and attentive. We both really enjoyed the goosnargh duck and lentil terrine, which was delicate and flavoursome, and we also really liked the mains of sea bass and partridge. A great way to spend a Saturday lunchtime and really good value.

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Visited On Thursday, 27 September 2018

Any chance of a House champagne being added to the Wine List? (Prestonfield House have a lovely, sensibly priced cuvée).

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Celeriac veloute AMAZING. Pumpkin risotto a little bland, sea bass great but could have been hotter. Cheese board spot-on. Slightly mean to charge extra for bread. Decor very generic. Staff lovely, overall would recommend, thank you for a lovely meal.

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Visited On Saturday, 29 September 2018

Delicious food, nice vibe, staff seemed a bit stressed out.

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