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.
  • Average price £32 (set lunch); £85 (four courses)
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Michelin-starred excellence combining top quality local ingredients with traditional French techniques.

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Now entering its 17th year, Restaurant Martin Wishart is an institution on the Edinburgh fine dining scene. The vibe is one of consummate professionalism from the moment you step in through the narrow doorway off the cobbled street of the Shore. A judicious use of mirrors opens up the room while muted tan walls exude a calm assurance that verges on the anonymous. However, it does allow the food to shine, and there are stunning treats in store, especially if you take the plunge and try the six course tasting menu. An amuse-bouche of beetroot meringue with a horseradish cream filling detonates on the tongue in a controlled explosion of sweet and sharp and a brief blast of fire, while squid a la plancha is exquisitely juicy, smoky and rests on a warm reservoir of creamy rouille, lentils and Lomo de Bellota. Roast quail is pink, succulent and delicate, accompanied by a textured corn purée, and just outshone by a roast breast and crisp pastilla of duck. Desserts offer the polar opposites of sharp, sweet lemon bergamot cremeux or spiced, smooth Valrhona chocolate.

  • High point: Still an entirely unique experience
  • Low point: Service is smooth, professional and thoughtful, but a little impersonal
  • Notable dish: Squid a la plancha
  • 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

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