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Following a complete refurbishment and expansion, Tom Kitchen, one of Scotland’s most highly regarded chefs, is back in business. There’s room now for a private dining room in the re-think as well as a whisky snug and a proper temperature-controlled wine cellar; in the main restaurant, hints of Scotland’s heritage - tartans, sheepskins, silver birch abound. But for the local and the ever-increasing band of international diners who make up the clientele, the big difference is the window into the kitchen – now diners can see the chefs at work. Kitchin’s building blocks are fresh local and seasonal produce from regional growers, producers and fishermen and there’s real craft and complexity about the results on the plate: a terrine of monkfish liver, for example, is served with a carpaccio of octopus, fennel and lemon compote, while rabbit is subjected to ingenious but thoughtful treatment (the saddle is stuffed with spinach and presented alongside a nicely crisped leg and a ragoût of the kidneys). To conclude, desserts such as a délice of elderberries, praline and dark chocolate with elderberry sorbet are simply exquisite, and served by ‘simply brilliant’ staff.

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  1. Published : Tuesday, 24 July 2012

    Ross eats :: The Kitchin, Edinburgh

    To top off the culinary tour of Edinburgh, and also my birthday, we got a table at The Kitchin, restaurant of the adeptly named Tom Kitchin and somewhere that has been on my list since the first time I heard about his cooking. Having already proven my theory that the quality of ingredients in Edinburgh is awesome his theme of ‘from nature to plate’ which sees him use all the best of the local and seasonal produce I couldn’t see how this could be anything else than amazing, and thankfully I was not proven wrong...
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  1. Every year we get into the Christmas spirit in style and have a family lunch at The Kitchin. Having visited the restaurant for the last three years, we were filled with excitement for this years visit. Everything you need to know about The Kitchin can be found in our previous post. So let’s get straight into the action and have a look at what we had.

    This year it was rye breads with a blue cheese dip to enjoy while browsing the menu. The blue cheese dip had just the right strength and didn’t overpower the flavours of the rye breads...
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  1. After a highly enjoyable Christmas lunch at The Kitchin, we decided it was time to make a visit for dinner and finally try the tasting menu. Unknown to us when we booked, we were going to be eating in a very different restaurant than that of our three previous visits.

    Tom and Michaela Kitchin took the bold decision to buy the premises adjacent to the restaurant and knock through the wall, to create a new dining room. Not only was the establishment doubling in size, it was getting a full makeover in the process. We both loved the old layout but were excited and perhaps slightly sceptical about seeing the new...
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  1. When you think of famous Scottish chef’s one of the first names that come to mind is Tom Kitchin. Tom has made numerous TV appearances on shows such as “Master chef”, “The Great British Menu” and recently appeared as a mentor in the series “The Chef’s Protégé”(Tom's Protégé won) . He has a solid pedigree having served his apprenticeship at the Gleneagles hotel and worked under three Michelin starred chef’s Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy and Pierre Koffmann who were a major influence on Tom’s early career. The Kitchin opened in 2006 and won it’s first Michelin star 6 months later.

    Our annual Christmas day out in...
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Tom Kitchin

Tom Kitchin served his apprenticeship at Gleneagles before learning the intricacies of classical French cuisine in a trio of three-star kitchens: Pierre Koffmann’s La Tante Claire, Guy Savoy in Paris, and Alain Ducasse’s Le Louis XV in Monaco. In 2006, he returned to his hometown of Edinburgh to set up The Kitchin with his Swedish wife Michaela. His ‘nature to plate’ philosophy also informs the cooking at his pub, the Scran & Scallie.

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  • Address: 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 6LX
  • Telephone: 0131 555 1755
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  • Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 12.30-2.30pm 7.30-10pm

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