Harden's survey result
“Still the best in Edinburgh” – Martin Wishart delivers “a glorious celebration of Scottish fare” at this “slightly formal” operation. “This is serious no-nonsense cooking from the canapés, to the amuse bouche, and you can opt for the tasting menu, à la carte, vegetarian tasting menu and fish tasting menu; plus a fantastic selection of wine and wine flights”. Stylewise, it’s “a classic modern dining room” in “a nice location by the water in Leith”, and “with a level of service akin to that of a top London hotel”. “The only quibble is the very limited choice at lunchtime” although the set deal is “overall very good value for the price”.
“Like the difference between travelling in a Rolls Royce and an ordinary car” – “the highest of standards are maintained year after year” at Martin Wishart’s Leith HQ, which remains “one of the best restaurants in the UK”. “Imaginative, flavoursome dishes, are beautifully (but not ostentatiously) presented”, by “professional” staff who are “friendly and attentive, but never obtrusive”. “New furnishing and decoration is an improvement” in recent times to this contemporary dining room, near the waterfront.
“Still remarkable in innovation and surprise after all this time” – Martin Wishart’s Leith venture remains a haven of “culinary wizardry”, with “wonderfully imaginative” but essentially classical cuisine, “superbly served” in a room that’s “been attractively updated” in recent times. Top Tip – “go for the bargain lunch to eat some of the best food in Britain”.
Martin Wishart’s “brilliant Leith establishment” was again voted by reporters as Scotland’s top gastronomic experience (despite taking rather more flak this year for punishing prices). “What makes it special is that isn’t gimmicky” – food that’s “adventurous but never wacky” is “just beautifully created from the best seasonal Scottish ingredients, and served by professionals in an ambience of calm and relaxation”.
|Wine per bottle||£46.00|
54 The Shore, Edinburgh, EH6 6RA
|Number of Diners:|
|Tuesday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 7 pm‑9 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑1:30 pm, 6:30 pm‑9:30 pm|