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AA Notable Wine List 2018-19
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Inspired modern French cooking with fine Scottish ingredients

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At a glance

Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge

The port area of Leith is rich with bars and restaurants, but that wasn’t always the case, and Martin Wishart was one of the trailblazers who breathed life back into the neglected area. It was a brave move, much rewarded, and the restaurant is now one of the top dining addresses in the UK. The chef hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet either, opening a number of other dining destinations, developing a media profile, and working as a consultant. An empire built on a passion for French cuisine, where experience working with the Roux brothers and Marco Pierre White was a grounding that has taken him to the very top. The dining room is elegant and stylish, but understated, and the attention to detail in everything that arrives on the plate is breathtaking at times. Scottish produce leads the line on menus that combine French classical ways with contemporary creativity; choose from a fixed-price four-course carte or six- or eight-course tasting menus, including outstanding vegetarian versions. A guinea fowl mousse might get things going, in a refined yet earthy dish, with morels and cabbage, or how about an emmental soufflé, rising to the occasion with creamed Swiss chard? A second course on the à la carte might be ravioli of snails in a stunning partnership with Shetland mussels and white onion velouté. Among main courses, halibut is cooked to perfection in a water bath, served with a deliciously sharp hollandaise, while roast breast and pastilla of Goosnargh duck shows balance and superb technical skills. That goes for desserts, too, such as brown butter pannacotta with blackcurrant crémeux and Granny Smith granité. The wine list is out of the top drawer, covering the globe and truly excelling itself in the French regions.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December,1 January, 2 weeks in January
  • Days closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6.30
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef(s): Martin Wishart, Joe Taggart

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern French
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 9
  • Wines over £30: 250
  • Wines by the glass: 24

Price guide

  • 3-course lunch from: £32
  • Tasting menu from: £110
  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Additional information

  • Seats: 50
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 10
  • Off-site parking available: On street

Getting here

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