Restaurant Martin Wishart
“Inspired modern French cooking with fine Scottish ingredients” - AA Inspector
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Leith’s port is rich with bars and restaurants these days, and Martin Wishart was one of the trailblazers who breathed life back into this neglected area. It was a brave move, and the restaurant is now one of the top dining addresses in the UK. The chef hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet either, opening a number of other dining destinations, developing a media profile, and working as a consultant. An empire built on a passion for French cuisine, where experience working with the Roux brothers and Marco Pierre White was a grounding that has taken him to the very top. The dining room is elegant and stylish, but understated, and the attention to detail in everything that arrives on the plate is breathtaking at times. Scottish produce leads the line on menus that combine French classical ways with contemporary creativity; choose from a fixed-price four-course carte or six- or eight-course tasting menus, including outstanding vegetarian versions. Begin with céviche of Gigha halibut, with mango and passionfruit, followed by roast breast and pastilla of Goosnargh duck with red cabbage, beetroot, macadamia and redcurrant. The wine list is out of the top drawer, covering the globe and truly excelling itself in the French regions.
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Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 50
- Private dining available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Days Closed: Sunday and Monday
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 6.30
- Dinner served until: 9.30
- Wines under £30: 9
- Wines over £30:
- Wines by the glass: 24
- Cuisine style: Modern French
- Vegetarian menu
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About The area
Edinburgh is one of Britain’s most spectacular cities and both Old and New Towns have UNESCO World Heritage status. At its heart, the Old Town is a treasury of architecture stretching back to medieval times with its labyrinth of narrow lanes (‘wynds’ or ‘closes’). While the New Town's splendid district of squares, crescents and gardens are surrounded by impressive Georgian town houses.
It isn’t just a magnificent, bustling city, it’s surrounded by countryside – offering visitors the best of both worlds. Dominated by hills and the sea, with the rolling Pentland Hills to the south and the broad expanse of the Firth of Forth estuary to the north, it benefits from a rugged and varied landscape. So much so, the city has its own miniature mountain, Arthur’s Seat, which looms over the Old Town and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, dwarfing even Castle Rock and its crowning fortress, Edinburgh Castle.
A couple of miles east, Portobello is Edinburgh’s seaside area, with a long stretch of golden sand that attracts droves of city dwellers on sunny summer days.
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