SquareMeal Review of
Restaurant Martin Wishart
Chef and well-respected restaurateur Martin Wishart has held a Michelin star here since 2001, and standards remain sky-high at his eponymous flagship restaurant on Leith waterfront. Inside, the dining room is tastefully done out in suave contemporary style with thick pile carpets, stripped pine panelling and mellow colour schemes, while service is reckoned to be among the best in the city. Wishart’s cooking takes account of Scottish produce, although his seasonally changing repertoire bears all the hallmarks of rarefied and refined French technique. You could open your account by ordering Peterhead mackerel with peas, yoghurt, dill and pickled white asparagus, before tackling roast breast of Goosnargh duck with spelt, sweet beets and Burmese pepper sauce. After that, a dessert of Valrhona chocolate mousse with coconut sorbet and passion fruit might beckon. There are also two tasting menus (including a veggie version featuring the likes of wild mushroom tart with celeriac royale and roasted cipolotti onion sauce), while the superlative wine list offers some fine food-matching possibilities. A paragon of excellence in Edinburgh.