Restaurant Martin Wishart

Restaurant Martin Wishart
Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
  • Telephone 0131 553 3557
  • Food served Tue–Thu noon–1.30pm, 7–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–1.30pm, 6.30–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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Michelin-starred excellence combining top quality local ingredients with traditional French techniques.

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There is an element of theatre to Michelin-starred Restaurant Martin Wishart. Diners are seated at tables dotted around the neutrally decorated room and then the show begins, with staff as the players and the food as artistic creations. A feather-light beetroot macaron with horseradish sauce melts in the mouth while guests mull over the three fixed menus and the à la carte options (there’s also a great value lunch deal). The classic fixed menu features openers such as veal tartare and foie gras in mushroom velouté that leave diners wanting more. But then so do exquisite subsequent dishes including squid with pork, warm smoked salmon with parsnip purée and, the star of the show, onglet of beef that falls apart at the touch and combines with a bone marrow crust and Bordelaise sauce to send the tastebuds into overdrive. Desserts of salted caramel with pear, then a subtle rhubarb creation, round off the performance. The wine list spans the globe and various price points, while the entertaining sommelier is keen to delight the audience with his food matching skills.

  • High point: Stunning show from a chef at the top of his craft
  • Low point: Need to book well ahead if you want an encore
  • Notable dish: Glazed onglet of Black Angus beef, Comté and bone marrow crust, French beans, Bordelaise sauce
  • Average price: £32 (set lunch); £85 (four courses)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Soft background instrumental
  • Capacity: 55
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 1999
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 35
  • House wine: £28 per bottle

Reviews & features

Neighbourhood Watch: Leith, Edinburgh

21 Jul 2011

A beginner's guide to the capital's port town

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Martin Wishart to open new brasserie in Edinburgh city centre

28 Mar 2011

Michelin-starred chef to open premises on North Castle Street

When Martin Wishart’s modest but ambitious restaurant on Leith’s Shore picked up a Michelin star in 2001, Edinburgh breathed a sigh of relief. It had caught up with Glasgow, where Andrew Fairlie’s kitchen at One Devonshire Gardens already had a star and…

A guide to some of the best restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The Scottish capital has some of the best restaurants for Scottish cuisine

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Modern day Leith is now home to Michelin-starred restaurants

16 Feb 2011

Port outside Edinburgh shakes off long-held seedy reputation

Vibrant, colourful Leith has shaken off its long-held seedy reputation in recent years to establish itself as an area of stylish urban regeneration and a must-visit destination for foodies. A world away from the seamy side of Edinburgh life…

Top five Michelin-starred restaurants in Edinburgh

16 Feb 2011

The Kitchin, Martin Wishart, The Plumed Horse, Number One and 21212

1: The Kitchin The menu here reflects chef/owner Tom Kitchin's passion for locally-sourced Scottish produce with French interpretations. One of Edinburgh's A-list restaurants, it won its accolade just six months after opening in the summer of 2006…

Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart offers some pointers on Scotland's smoked fish

1 May 2009

The smoking of fish is one of the few Scottish traditional practices related to food to be flourishing today. Here we provide a spotters’ guide to the differences in Scotland’s best-known smoked fish, while Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart offers…

Restaurant Martin Wishart Presents . . . A Film by Steve Pool