Ishka

Ishka
83 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BU
  • Telephone 0131 228 7517
  • Seasonal times Summer months Fri/Sat noon–10pm
  • Bar open Mon–Sat noon–11.45pm. Closed Sun.
  • Food served Mon–Thu noon–8.30pm, 5–9pm; Fri/Sat noon–9pm. Closed Sun.
  • Pre-theatre times Market menu Mon–Fri 5pm–6.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre price £17.50 market menu
  • Email
  • Website www.ishkaedinburgh.co.uk
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Ishka

Sleek, sophisticated restaurant and bar with excellent cocktails and modern bistro-style food, in the heart of the financial district.

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Ideally placed to pick up custom from office workers, businesses and visitors heading for the nearby conference centre, Ishka has all the hallmarks of a chic neighbourhood brasserie right in the heart of the financial district. Head chef Claire Lund and a small service team keep the venue ticking along day and night, dispensing an array of well-structured dishes that creatively showcase prime ingredients. Case in point: a halloumi starter featuring chunky crisp croquettes on a bed of shredded cabbage, with light fruity drizzles of lime and sesame, is bright, zingy and filling. From the mains, a perfectly handled pan-fried hake flakes effortlessly into its tomato, butterbean and red pepper stew, boosted by perky hits of coriander and basil pesto. Puddings also have charm, with a creamy panacotta delivering lustrous vanilla notes among spiky rhubarb mousse and unctuous homemade blueberry jam. Chatty service and a cordial atmosphere make dining here feel like hanging out in your mum's kitchen, if your mum was a superb cook with access to fab wine and twinkling cocktails.

The List's rating
7.2

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Malcolm McGonigle visited Ishka on 14 March 2019
  • High point: Creative cooking in a fun and funky setting
  • Low point: Table by the window a tad cramped
  • Notable dish: Panacotta
  • Average price: £15 (set lunch); £22 (dinner)
  • Private dining: Up to 14 covers
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Spotify List varies throughout the day
  • Capacity: 42
  • Largest group: 42
  • Open since: 2017
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 6
  • House wine: £22 per bottle