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“Near perfect harmony of food, wine and service from the classic tasting menu paired with wine”

Restaurant Martin Wishart
Ranked #43 of 2,774 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$37 - US$106
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Martin Wishart, an Edinburgh-born chef, has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most highly respected chefs. Trained under such renowned chefs as Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White and John Burton-Race, taking a little bit of inspiration from each mentor over the time he worked with them and distilling it to create his own culinary magic. Amongst some of the many attributes they imparted to him over the years of working together, it was the importance of discipline in the kitchen, a passion for food and a deep understanding of classic French cooking techniques that have continued to be the backbone of his style. Whilst never having planned to become a chef, he started working in kitchens from the age of fifteen, fell in love with the industry and now has more than thirty years’ experience in the business. He is now an established and multi-awarded chef and restaurateur.
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Within the constraints of a small(ish) restaurant, Restaurant Martin Wishart gave us all the elements of a great evening dining experience - attentive, warm but not over zealous staff, soothing and calm and luxurious surroundings (without being over the top and of course most importantly great food and wine.

As with many other previous reviewers we opted for the tasting menu but with my wife opting to replace the snails with the shrimps from the sea food tasting menu (no problem at all). From the amuse-bouches to the second desert each of the six courses (7 including the amuse-bouches) offered deep concentrated flavours with interesting textures served imaginatively. The only dish that perhaps was not quite as intense in its flavour offering were the snails. Our favourite dish was the salted caramel desert dish (1st of two deserts) - what flavour it packed.

The wine pairings were which without exception worked well with each dish were sourced from all over the world which made it possible to offer a good level of quality at an affordable price. Our favourite was a deeply intense sweet petit manseng from Calvodos served with (you guessed it) the salted caramel desert. The sweet fortified Argentinian Malbec served with the 2nd desert was also an outstanding selection.

My only suggestion regarding the wines would be for the Restaurant to keep its house champagne in the cellar for a little longer to give it some more bottle age as I think this would elevate what was a however a perfectly satisfactory champagne.

No restaurant at this level is cheap, but Restaurant Martin Wishart certainly offered us excellent value for a memorable evening out made especially important as it was given to us by our children for our joint birthday present!

Thank you to the team - we will be back.

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Reviewed 17 May 2017

Fine dining with bells on! As a foodie who cooks really well, I would rather eat out once in a while and make it somewhere special. This place has it all. Food exquisitely prepared, outstanding service coupled with the right ambience, makes this the place you have to visit!

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Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

We had a set menu all about fish and shellfish pairing with wine. Food were so good by itself. Ever single dish was so good..... but when it paring with wine .. it even better!!!!! Thanks to Sommelier ..he was so nice and have a lot of knowledge all about wines. We rally enjoy our dinner. Only one thing that I am not so happy about was the service. They were not carefully about walking around and touching with their jacket. Not only one time I was bothered 3 actually.

2  Thank DrBooska H
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Had the set lunch with the two paired wines.The food was beautiful to look at and delicious to eat. The wines were well selected to compliment the food. The staff were warm, friendly and efficient without being overly attentive. I felt the portions were quite small but this didn,t detract from the quality of the meal or the overall experience. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Food out of this world!
Service 1st Class
Wine selection was wonderful
I would highly recommend this place

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1  Thank Lynn C
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