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

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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 Thursday, 01 October 2020

Fantastic meal to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary, and upcoming birthday. Service and attention from your staff was excellent, explaining each dish as is was delivered to our table. Also arranging our taxi to take up back to our hotel in the Royal Mile. The only observation was the pricing of our wine which we ordered. New Zealand Sav Blanc was a lovely wine, which we wanted to check if we could order for home delivery. We were shocked to find out that the price was £10.95 per bottle, but restaurant charged £35 per bottle. This was a disappointing end to our lovely meal and experience at the restaurant, but we will return again in the future.

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Visited On Wednesday, 23 September 2020

The meal was absolutely superb and the service first class. The whole culinary experience was awesome and the last time we tasted food so good was the previous time we dined here. Can't recommend this restaurant highly enough and undoubtedly and in my opinion this is the top restaurant in the country.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Stunning meal, imaginative, beautifully tasting courses: both vegetarian and normal menus were fabulous. We had the accompanying wine flight... Delicious and wonderfully explained by the sommelier. All staff were welcoming and gave excellent service throughout. We loved it. Thank you, Amelia xx

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

Lunch at Martin's was as wonderful as ever. The staff were so hospitable, and the food was sublime. We can't wait to go back.

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

Food as always outstanding. Wine list excellent. Service flawless. What more can I say. As far as I’m concerned this restaurant is top of all the Michelin starred restaurants I’ve eaten in. Wishart really understands food and combining flavours and textures. Everything melts in the mouth with freshness and interest.

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

This was one of the finest meals I've eaten. The quality of the food, attention to detail and technical standard of cookery was excellent.

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

A great meal, well up to the standard we are used to at this restaurant. Only two minor issues over the experience. I was a bit disappointed no bread was included as part of the lunch deal (it has always been excellent on previous visits) and we got forgotten about for a while re getting our wine glasses topped up.

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Visited On Friday, 09 October 2020

Once again excellent service, ambiance and most importantly the food. Also well organised and safe environment in the current circumstances. Will definitely be back.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Excellent service and outstanding food. We have dined here several times and can honestly say it is the best Restaurant we have been to.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

Fabulous evening, lovely food and service.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

A very enjoyable experience which we look forward to repeating.

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Visited On Thursday, 08 October 2020

A really pleasant experience at lunch time. Rabbit was exceptionally good as a main course. Only a single item marked down - the smoked chocolate pannacotta was very strange. Difficult to imagine anyone liking that taste. However, a complimentary coffee helped to make up for that. I wish the restaurant well in these difficult times.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Amazing experience- wonderful service and food was out of this world. Showcasing Scottish produce and service at its best.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

We had a wonderful evening celebrating my husband’s 40th birthday. The food and service was exceptional. Many thanks again

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

The service was 5 star as was the food. I can't fault anything with the experience and can't wait to visit again.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

By far the best fine dining in Edinburgh.

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Visited On Wednesday, 07 October 2020

Great experience rabbit and hake were amazing

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Visited On Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Lovely meal as always and great to see familiar faces. Only small piece of feedback - why paper napkins??? Other high end restaurants are still using cloth napkins.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

During these strange times of Covid-19 it was such a delight to move into a calm world for a few hours at least.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Thanks for a lovely time and thoughtful service.

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Absolutely fabulous, food was amazing! thank you for a wonderful evening

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Visited On Saturday, 03 October 2020

Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch this weekend. The food and wine were amazing, as were the staff, who’s professionalism and attention to detail made our lunch that little bit more special!

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

Thank you to all the team for the usual warm welcome and excellent service despite the changes required for public health reasons. The food was excellent as always - it was such a pleasure to spend a leisurely lunch in such surroundings.

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

Delicious food & perfect service. The staff were all very courteous & helpful. I am not overly fond of the decor, which is slightly dull in my opinion. We had a great night, but did go away feeling that although we loved all the food, including the extras, bread & dips/canapés/Petit fours that the overall cost was overly high in comparison to some other excellent- non Michelin- restaurants in the city. We might be more inclined to go for two meals in one of these other establishments in future rather than spend this amount on one meal at Martin Wishart.

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Visited On Friday, 02 October 2020

Excellent

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