Restaurant Martin Wishart

54 The Shore, Leith, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH6 6RA
Critics Review 17/20
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Opening Information

LUNCH

Tuesday to Friday:12:00 to 13:30
Du Jour Lunch £35.00
A La Carte Menu £90.00
Six Course Tasting Menu from £90.00
Six Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £80.00
Eight Course Tasting £120.00
Eight Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £110.00

Saturday 12:00 to 13:30
A La Carte Menu £90.00
Five Course Tasting £80.00
No Lunch menu available

On Saturday Lunch we only serve the A La Carte and Tasting Menu

DINNER

Tuesday to Thursday 19.00 to 21.00
Friday, Saturday 18:30 to 21:30
A La Carte Menu £90.00
Six Course Tasting Menu £90.00
Six Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £80.00
Eight Course Tasting Menu £120.00
Eight Course Vegetarian Tasting Menu £110.00

Facilities

About Restaurant Martin Wishart

Restaurant Martin Wishart is situated in Edinburgh's historic Port of Leith. More than a decade later, the restaurant continues to bring the very best traditional and modern French food cuisine to Edinburgh, using only the finest Scottish ingredients. Under Martin's expert direction, the restaurant has had a Michelin star since 2001, it was recently voted by The Sunday Times number 5 restaurant in the Uk.

Cuisine: Scottish
Dress Code: Smart Casual
Price point: £££
Child policy:
At Restaurant Martin Wishart we welcome children from 7 years old upwards. For groups with children younger than 7 years old we would recommend Martin’s Brasserie - The Honours Edinburgh. We kindly ask that parents with children are mindful of other diners when visiting any of our restaurants.
If you have any questions or require assistance, please call us on 0131 553 3557 option 1

Cuisine: Fine Dining, French, Michelin Star, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Friendly
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Critics Review
Review by Andy Hayler
17/20
Martin Wishart blazed a trail in Edinburgh by gaining a Michelin star in the re-developed docks area of Leith. The restaurant opened in 1999, with chef/patron Martin Wishart having trained at Le Gavroche and also with Marco Pierre White; it was awarded a Michelin star in 2001. Ten chefs work in the kitchen here. The ground-floor room can accommodate a maximum of 45 diners at any one time, has plenty of natural light and is fitted out with a brown carpet and green wallpaper, while the generously spaced tables have white linen tablecloths. A five course tasting menu was priced at £55. The 13 page wine list had less than half its bins from France, drawing on sources from around the world. It had selections such as Mendoza Urban Malbec 2008 at £26 compared to a retail price of around £6, the excellent Bonny Doon Cigare Volant 2004 at £60 for a wine you can pick up in the shops for a round £18, and the lovely Marques de Murrieta Castillo Ygay 2000 at £100 for a wine that you can buy for about £33. We were offered very tasty and nicely spiced haggis bonbons (17/20) and salted almonds while we looked at the menu. A nice touch is that there was a full vegetarian tasting menu also (£50), while a la carte comes in at £60 for three courses (£95 with wine pairing). Bread was made from scratch and consisted of: brown, black, olive, white and raisin and walnut slices. The bread had terrific texture and was very good indeed (18/20). Butter was from Normandy (I think from Pascal Beillevaire). This butter is processed in an ice-cream maker before serving in order to lighten its texture. There was a trio of amuse-bouches: a jelly of raspberry, grated carrots with lime, octopus and clam, and a Piccalilli and green pea macaroon. The carrot puree was for me the best of these, but I wasn’t convinced that raspberries belong at this stage of a meal (15/20 overall). Next was a very good cep velouté with a pig trotter “sandwich” (braised pig trotter on toast) on the side. This was excellent, seasoning accurate and with plenty of cep flavour (a strong 17/20). From the vegetarian menu came the only rather disappointing dish of the entire meal: leeks and Vivaldi potatoes with pumpernickel, malt powder and a little truffle. This dish was served rather lukewarm, and suffered from slightly overcooked leeks; even if this dish had been perfectly executed, I doubt that this combination was really going to set the world alight (14/20 at best). Langoustine ravioli with braised caramelised endive had good texture and a high quality langoustine, served with an orange-flavoured jus of langoustine and olive oil; for me the orange flavour was a little dominant (16/20). Better was organic Shetland salmon that had been smoked in the kitchen,; this was well judged, the konbu (kelp) vinegar and soused cucumber and malt powder giving balance to the richness of the smoked salmon; the overall effect was for the salmon to be quite salty and smoky, which I like but perhaps would not be to everyone’s taste (17/20). A magnificent savoury Emmenthal cheese soufflé was next on the vegetarian tasting menu, and showed terrific technical execution (that time at Le Gavroche was well spent). For me this was perhaps the dish of the meal, with terrific texture and flavour (18/20). Spelt risotto was garnished with chervil root and was carefully seasoned, enlivened with a little truffle flavour: another excellent dish (17/20). Loin of Dornoch lamb was served with a black olive tapenade crust, a crab and curry tortellini and pumpkin; the lamb was of high quality, though I felt that the crab flavour was rather lost (17/20). We also sampled a couple of extra dishes on the a la carte. A scallop was baked in its shell for eight minutes at 185 degrees after an earlier stage where the scallop was opened, the hard muscle removed and a little truffle jus added before the shell was sterilised and then sealed with pastry for the steaming. The scallops was then opened at the table and served with a little Jerez belotta (acorn fed) ham. This was an excellent dish, the scallop cooked very well, and the ham a good foil for the scallop (easily 17/20). Finally on the savoury courses, grouse was cooked with a sauce flavoured with Armagnac, and served with cabbage, salsify, baby onions and lardons. The grouse was pan-fried initially to get a crisp skin, then cooked in the oven, and then finally finished for a couple of minutes in a pan. The grouse was superb, in this case hung for just four days (some grouse is hung for as long as six days), and avoided the over-gamey flavour that can easily happen with grouse (18/20). Desserts, as so often in UK restaurants, felt as if the kitchen had moved down a gear. Chocolate croustillant was served with Valrhona chocolate cremeux with uzu foam, and was entirely pleasant but I felt lacked intensity of flavour (15/20). Pink grapefruit jelly was served with honeycomb tuiles and passion fruit cream, with melon sorbet and mandarin and passion fruit foam. I liked the tuiles and the ice cream was fine, but I was expecting more passion fruit flavour, and for me a little more grapefruit to provide acidity would have improved things (16/20). Good Illy coffee was offered with petit fours comprising: blackcurrant jelly, lemon cream, chocolate macaroon with pistachio mascarpone, sablé with blueberry ganache and white chocolate disc, and white chocolate and whisky fudge rolled in chocolate and cocoa beans (17/20). The bill for two was £178 before service, though with only moderate wine. Service from our Hungarian waiter was excellent throughout. Overall this was a very fine meal, highlighting excellent local ingredients such as the grouse, and showing strong technique in dishes such as the savoury soufflé. In my view, if desserts were of a higher level then Martin Wishart would be well on the way to a second star.
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Visited On Tuesday, 22 October 2019

We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. The whole experience was delightful from the staff looking after us to the quality of the food and drink. You should be very proud of your venue, staff and the amazing food.

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Autumn menu was, as in previous years, excellent. Superb value for money. Very attentive waiting staff.

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Visited On Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Some very nice touches in the lunch menu but two main dishes disappointed somewhat. The game pie I found had a strong gamey smell and flavour which wasn't to my taste and my daughter found the bouillabaisse alternative similarly very strong in flavour. I had a taste and had to concur. As they were the only choices, I would have preferred a milder alternative such as chicken. Everything else was very enjoyable so hope you see this as constructive.

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

Never disappointed! Wine tasting evening was much better when sharing a table with others!

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Visited On Monday, 21 October 2019

We were well served by your waiting staff and especially the sommelier. It was a little chilly to begin with but it warmed up and we then had excellent food and drink. I understand the ext event may be in February —— we will be there!

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Visited On Thursday, 17 October 2019

Restaurant, staff, food and drink excellent. Minor grumble, coffee expensive, could have done with a few more petit fours with coffee.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

A truly great venue, amazing food and fantastic service. Thank you for making us feel very special.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

The food, wine, service & decor we 10/10. It was not a cheap night, but in life you get what you pay for. It was superb.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

The food was excellent. The service was great; very friendly not sniffy like some top restaurants. The set lunch excellent value. The other menu’s would cost double in London. Can’t wait to go back.

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

I appreciate that this is a Michelin star restaurant but overall the taste and thought of the dishes fell short of what I thought would be an overwhelming culinarily experience. Not worth the overpriced menu !!

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Visited On Saturday, 19 October 2019

We came to Edinburgh especially to sample the menu for my partners birthday. We were greeted by excellent, friendly staff and our waiter Paul was very passionate about his surroundings. The food was exquisite and we could tell the amount of love and detail that had gone into each dish. We will definitely be back. It was such a spectacular treat!

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Always a pleasure and wonderful food experiences in a quiet and efficient surrounding

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Possibly the best meal we have had at your restaurant(6 course tasting). The discovery wine package was both well chosen and well presented.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 October 2019

The best restaurant in town.

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

As always , best food in Scotland . Atmosphere fantastic , every dish ten out of ten and the staff make the evening a relaxed fun experience . Cannot wait until our next meal .

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Visited On Friday, 18 October 2019

Enjoyed our tasting menu lunch, which had been given as a gift to us. Welcomed by staff who continued to provide a high level of charming attentive service, the food was beautifully presented and tasty, and the matching wines just right. Altogether a special treat.

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Visited On Thursday, 17 October 2019

I know fine well this is a high end fine dining French style restaurant and expect to have waiters and sommeliers with a French accent but really.... some of the accents were so thick you could literally cut them with a knife. Several times I had to ask for descriptions to be repeated as I could not understand what was being said. I tried several times to explain I wanted a Viognier for my wine selection as I had noted one whilst looking through the wine selection on line. I gave up and asked for a Sancerre instead (which was very nice) as I was getting nowhere with my poor pronunciation and lack of understanding and look of puzzlement on the sommeliers face. Also, the lack of any form of lounge area to sit down and choose a menu and browse the wine list while consuming the amuse-bouche or coffee with Petits fours is a glaring omission. Was not even asked if I would like a drink after we had a coffee! I was quite looking forward to a vintage port but alas no...

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Visited On Thursday, 17 October 2019

Great dining experience... I really loved it :)

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 October 2019

Excellent is every way. We try to eat at the Restaurant Martin Wishart whenever we are in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Tuesday, 08 October 2019

We had the taster menu together with two wines selected with the very expert help of the sommelier. The meal from the amuse bouche through to the chocolates at the end was exquisite with wonderful complementary flavours, excellent ingredients and beautiful sauces. I won't go on at length but we both agreed that this was probably the best meal we had ever had and we have been to some good restaurants in our time. Thank you to all involved - including the guy/girl who makes the stocks. Rosabel and Pete

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Visited On Saturday, 12 October 2019

Food excellent, lovely setting and atmosphere, and attentive informative service. Only downside was addition of drinks to bill which were not included in tasting menu - felt that it was not made clear that these drinks would be extra charge on bill.

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Visited On Thursday, 10 October 2019

Enjoyed the set three-course lunch at Restaurant Martin Wishart last week. The food was exceptional, as was the service and general experience. Would happily recommend to friends and family.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

A little piece of Paradise on Earth.

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Visited On Friday, 11 October 2019

5th visit. Absolutely First Class. Never disappoints.

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