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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  • Website www.restaurantmartinwishart.co.uk
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Michelin-starred flair and precision in one of the city’s most celebrated fine dining destinations.

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Proudly protecting its Michelin-starred status for nearly two decades, Leith’s Restaurant Martin Wishart remains one of the city’s most celebrated fine dining destinations. A polished and attentive front of house patrols a pleasing room of understated elegance, backed by an accomplished kitchen with a meticulous attention to detail. Knowledgeable sommelier Matthieu skilfully matches a carefully selected cellar to the complex flavour profiles and subtle tones of achingly pretty plates of food. Signature amuse-bouche of beetroot macaron with horseradish cream kicks off the gently paced six and eight course tasting menus, alongside fixed-price lunch and evening à la carte options. Delicate pink grapefruit cleverly complements a tartare of crab, smoked eel and salmon gravadlax, followed by seasonal black truffle risotto with roasted Orkney scallop. Skate wing with Morecambe Bay shrimps leads on to a pastilla of Goosnargh duck and a beautifully composed buttermilk mousse with fennel sorbet. Edinburgh has a handful of restaurants of this quality, and while the bill may reflect that, this is a venue packed full of flair and precision that’s still at the top of its game.

The List's rating
8.4

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Ian Hogg visited Restaurant Martin Wishart on 15 February 2018
  • High point: Consistently high standards across all areas
  • Low point: A financial stretch, but worth it
  • Notable dish: Beetroot macaron with horseradish cream amuse-bouche and then everything else that follows on the tasting menu.
  • Average price: £32 (set lunch); £90 (4 course à la carte), £60 (2 course à la carte)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • Music on stereo: Background tunes / jazz
  • Capacity: 55
  • Largest group: 50
  • Open since: 1999
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 60
  • House wine: £28 per bottle

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