Restaurant Martin Wishart

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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 flair and precision in one of the city’s most celebrated fine dining destinations.

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Martin Wishart's restaurant on the shores of Leith is a gastronomic experience. Expertly combining seasonal Scottish produce with French fine dining, the restaurant offers six or eight-course tasting menus (for vegetarians too) in the evenings and a more modestly priced lunch menu. The team strike the perfect balance between conveying detailed knowledge of the dishes, while keeping service charming and friendly. This is not a stuffy fine dining experience; it’s relaxed yet uses ceremony to great effect, such as a white-gloved waiter grating seasonal black truffle over a sublime risotto with roasted Orkney scallop, or serving white chocolate meringue, parsnip mousse and lapsang souchong ice-cream over a bowl of tea. Ceviche of Gigha halibut with mango and passion fruit is tangy and fresh, while saddle of Border roe deer with butternut squash, beetroot and dauphine potato is rich and comforting. Matthieu, the sommelier, elevates each of the dishes with his expert pairing of wines as well as knowledgeable and entertaining chat. The setting is elegant, the food divine and service on point. Please go.

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Louise Donoghue visited Restaurant Martin Wishart on 13 February 2019
  • High point: Everything meets and exceeds expectations
  • Low point: Not being able to eat this food every day
  • Notable dish: Black truffle risotto with Orkney scallop - but everything is amazing
  • Average price: £32 (set lunch); £75 (dinner)
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access
  • 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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Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart offers some pointers on Scotland's smoked fish

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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…

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