The Kitchin

The Kitchin
78 Commercial Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
  • Telephone 0131 555 1755
  • Seasonal times Closed first two weeks in January and last week in December.
  • Food served Tue–Sat noon–2.30pm, 6–9.30pm. Closed Sun/Mon.
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  • Website www.thekitchin.com
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Michelin-starred since 2007, The Kitchin remains loyal to its ethos of creating exceptional dishes using the finest Scottish seasonal produce.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Although Tom and Michaela Kitchin's signature restaurant has been open for 12 years, there's absolutely no indication that it's resting on its laurels. From the moment the door is opened for you until you leave (with a spring in your step), The Kitchin is an extraordinary dining experience. After perusing the menu over a drink in the bright bar, diners are escorted through to the restaurant; a subtle blend of neutral colours perfectly co-ordinated to let the astonishing food do the talking. Cannelloni arrives stuffed with a light chicken mousse; pork belly comes with sweet roasted parsnips, parsnip crisps and a rich pork sauce. Pan-fried hake is perfection – flesh soft, skin crispy and golden – on a wonderfully crunchy potato rösti with a velvety smoked haddock puree. As well as the à la carte and excellent-value set lunch options, there are three tasting menus, including vegetarian and prestige options, with the restaurant's local sourcing credentials depicted on a wee rolled-up map. Service is impeccable – despite a towering reputation, The Kitchin is fun, without a trace of stuffiness – and it's hypnotic to watch the waiting staff move around the tables as if they’re all part of some beautiful machine.

The List's rating
9.6

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Murray Robertson visited The Kitchin on 8 March 2018
  • High point: Every ingredient is perfectly cooked
  • Low point: You'll need to plan well ahead for a reservation
  • Notable dish: Pan fried fillet of North Sea hake, potato rösti and smoked haddock sauce
  • Average price: £33 (set lunch); £75 (three courses)
  • Private dining: Up to 22 covers
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Capacity: 75
  • Largest group: 65-70
  • Open since: 2006
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 47
  • House wine: £39 per bottle

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The Larder: Chef's Choice

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Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin on Eassie Farm's asparagus

1 May 2009

Chef's Choice

I rely almost fanatically on the seasons. My suppliers are invaluable and I trust them for their guidance on finding the best produce around – they are very much a part of the Kitchin team.  My trusted fish supplier Willie Little recommended I visit…

The Kitchin Michelin Star Restaurant, Edinburgh