Modern European, Scottish·
Bronze Award
Edinburgh, EH3 8BU ·Website ·Call0131 228 7517

SquareMeal Review of Ishka

Bronze Award

The newly opened (and already award-winning) restaurant and cocktail bar, Ishka, aims to showcase the best in modern Scottish cuisine while introducing influences and elements from around the Mediterranean. Contemporary interpretations of classic dishes make for exciting eating, and the use of seasonal ingredients means the menu is always changing – not least with Scottish seafood and game.

Daily specials reflect what has been found in the market on any particular day and there’s a dedicated ‘market menu’ offering two or three courses (£17.50/£22) showcasing some of the finest native produce, such as mussels, haggis sausages and hake.

Elsewhere on the menu, European ingredients and flavours feature in the likes of crispy halloumi with shredded red cabbage, carrot, spring onion and sesame seeds, while mains such as Scottish venison with parmesan cream polenta, chestnut puree, sprouting broccoli and Jerusalem artichoke crisps are another option. Desserts head back to the British Isles in the likes of apple and plum crumble, orange trifle, and chocolate and hazelnut cake.

The cooking is simply presented and visually pleasing. As are the interiors, which are stylish and sophisticated – perfect for the cool cats of the Scottish capital. The bar features a marble top, low-hanging pendants and scorched-red bar stools. Move into the restaurant and you’ll find dark leather boots with marble table tops contrasted by bright yellow leather sofas and wooden tables. Mirrors on the walls and a metallic ceiling make Ishka feel spacious, while atmospheric lighting completes the look.  

As for the cocktail bar, Ishka’s mixologists add their modern and creative takes to classic tipples. Local gins feature heavily and the bar has a special love for rum-based cocktails. Presentation is impressive – we’re talking ace Instagram material here. An oyster as a garnish for a cocktail? Why not.

An added plus of Ishka is that is brilliantly located for the Edinburgh International Conference Centre and also the Lothian Road Odeon – perfect whether you’re attending a conference or the cinema.

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Modern European, Scottish
Cool, Fun, Glamorous, Lively
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Wheelchair access
Child friendly, Dates
Food Hygiene Rating

About Ishka

At Ishka, you’ll discover exceptional menus that effortlessly combine the best in modern Scottish cuisine with nods to the Mediterranean. Featuring classic dishes with a contemporary twist, as well as inventive flavour combinations and the finest seasonal ingredients, ISHKA delivers an unforgettable dining experience from early till late.

With fabulous Scottish seafood, game and stunning vegetarian dishes featuring on our simple yet exciting menu, as well as an ever changing array of delicious daily specials, there’s something for everyone at ISHKA.

The restaurant’s specials board will reflect the market on the day. Seasonal fish, locally cured meats and handpicked veg will be an exciting feature of the Ishka dining experience.

Perfect for a lazy lunch, an intimate dinner or something in between, at ISHKA, you’ll discover seasonal handcrafted dishes, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients that are perfectly presented.

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Location for Ishka

83 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8BU

0131 228 7517


Opening Times

Mon 12:00-16:30
Tue 12:00-16:30
Wed 12:00-16:30
Thu 12:00-16:30
Fri 12:00-16:30
Sat 12:00-16:30
Sun Closed
Mon 17:00-20:30
Tue 17:00-20:30
Wed 17:00-20:30
Thu 17:00-20:30
Fri 17:00-21:00
Sat 17:00-21:00
Sun Closed

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