54 The Shore, Leith, EDINBURGH, EH6 6RA
Martin Wishart's restaurant led the charge in the transformation of Leith's dilapidated docklands into a trendy foodie quarter. His pedigree CV takes in stints with the great and the good of the British culinary scene and his style is anchored in modern French cuisine. A slick team of immaculately presented and consummately professional staff provide thoughtful, unobtrusive service. Those with a nose for a bargain should come for lunch Tuesday to Friday, otherwise there's a trio of six-course tasting menus - seafood and veggie versions alongside the regular one - and a concise fixed-price carte. Exquisite canapés - perhaps warm cauliflower beignet subtly fired up by curry oil, or a squid ink cracker with smoked salmon and avocado - pave the way for luxurious starters such as sautéed foie gras matched intelligently with carrot, apricot and cinnamon. Another sees langoustine and veal sweetbreads roasted in buckwheat and thyme and partnered with braised endive, curry and Sauternes sauce. Among main courses, turbot poached in red wine comes in a harmonious composition with braised pig's trotter, young leeks, new potatoes and red wine sauce. Fish fans will find much to love in ideas such as Dover sole in a picturesque medley with oyster and caviar, fregola, squid and herbs. There's no let up in the creativity and technical whizz bangs at dessert. Try spiced Valrhona chocolate mousse with macerated pineapple, cocoa tuile and the astringent contrast of clementine juice, or lemon and bergamot crémeux with yogurt sorbet and pink grapefruit meringue. The wine list is a class act, and a selection of very fine examples is available by the glass.
Tel: 0131 553 3557
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Days closed: Sun-Mon
Dates closed: 25-26 Dec, 1 Jan, 2 wks Jan
Cooking type: Modern French
Chef: Martin Wishart, Joe Taggart
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Vegetarian meals available.