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There's an old thread about Edinburgh somewhere. I'm sure some of it still holds up.

Best, as in Michelin-rated: Martin Wishart, The Kitchin and Number One are Edinburgh's one-stars. The first two are down in Leith, which will involve a bus or taxi ride through the construction site of the new tram system. Number One is attached to the Balmoral Hotel, so it's very central. Also, the Champany Inn, a 20-minute train ride away in Linlithgow, just got its first star. As for expensive restaurants, Leith also has The Plumed Horse, which used to be a one-star in the wilds of Dumfries before it moved to the big city--mixed reviews, can't comment myself--and The Vintners Rooms. The Atrium, just off Lothian Road, has a bib, and I would have recommended it v highly, only for the fact that my last meal there was rather underwhelming. I think Ducks at Le Marche Noir in Stockbridge just got a bib too.

Restaurants I like: La Garrigue on Jeffrey Street, for southern French cooking; Centotre, buzzy Italian on George Street (it's now got a sister place in Stockbridge called Zanzero); Bella Mbriana, a Neapolitan restaurant that opened a couple of months ago at the bottom of Broughton Street. Had a very decent pub meal recently at the Cafe Royal Oyster Bar, which you have to go to anyway for the decor. DON'T go to the Voodoo Rooms around the corner. Also like David Bann's as a veggie option.



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If your looking central Edinburgh, Centotre on George Street is worth a look, modern italian/deli, nice milkshakes there! Also along similar lines is the Valvona and Crolla cafe down the side of Harvey Nics is good too. For posh nosh, Leith is best bet, about 1.5 miles out of town. Regular bus service from Princess Street. You have Martin Wisharts and The Kitchin, both Michelin starred. The balmoral Hotel at the end of pricess street has Hadrians Brasserie, not sure what it is like, looks expensive, and their Number One restaurant has one of those star thingys too! Though I don't think they are open for lunch?? One place to steer clear of is The Witchery. Total pants. Its a tourist trap. Everyone will tell you its THE restaurant to go to, but service and food is poor, and if going lunchtime, lacking in atmosphere. Plus total ripp off. The Tower, owned by same group, is better, though I have not been for a few years, and has had a couple of mixed review recently.

If you can travel further afield, the Glasshouse at Eskmills is worth the trip. There was a good looking restraunt reviewed in the scotland on sunday the other week, got a really good review, it was in the old town, off the royal mile, but for the life of me I cant remember what its called!! Thats helpfull, I'll see if I can find out and post back!! Hope this helps.

Oliver :biggrin:

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I had lunch in Martin Wishart and then the Kitchin the following day last November. Both are excellent, though I marginally preferred Martin Wishart. I still think about my rabbit main course!

My other half preferred the Kitchin - I was a little disappointed but I think this is beacuse I was expecting a taste of the Louis XV. You can see the Ducasse inspiration in the dishes, but the ingredients just aren't the same quality as you can get on the Riviera. The value is extraordinary at about £20 (a little less than the Louis XV then!) for the set lunch. The decor is pretty modern (dark wood and no tablecloths etc.), but the room is nice enough and the service is relaxed.

Martin Wishart's food was more modern and exciting in style, though the service, tablecloths etc. were more traditionally Michelin, with a longer and more interesting wine list. Value was also fantastic at just over £20 for the set lunch. The service struck a perfect balance between friendliness and efficiency.

The Witchery is a waste of time and money - very ordinary food, no atmosphere on the night we were there (a Thursday), and fairly hefty prices.

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Well i tried to book at Martin Wishart but was told on the first occasion that last orders for lunch were at 12:30 (?) then i had a reply to my email enquiry saying that i could have a table at 1:30. As my flight wasn't due in until 13:00 i decided i wouldn't risk it and instead got a 13:45 reservation which i made (just) at Kitchin. The restaurant was compact (about 40 covers) and fairly "modern looking" with surprisingly trendy music playing in the backgound, and on a wednesady lunch, nearly full (mostly business men.) I started with a glass of the house champagne @ £6.50 and decided on "Octopus" served as a "Carpaccio of octopus served with North Berwick sea urchin eggs, palourde clams, local baby squid, pickled beach mushrooms, young radishes with a caper and lemon dressing" which all sounded pretty good for £12.00. They were out of the sea urchin eggs but i really thought this dish was superb, beautifully presented with a large razor clam, a handful of palourdes still in their shells, tiny picked mushrooms (not much bigger than the capers) baby radishes and celery leaves on top of the carpaccio with a couple of tentacley bits on top. It really was a stunning dish and every bit as deliciuos as it looked. For my main i had "Halibut" at £26.00 which was "Oak smoked wild halibut with sautéed potatoes and grelot onions served with a watercress, pine nut

and citrus dressing" Again, beautifully presented with a thick tranche of halibut atop little sautteed poatoes, whole grelot onions and a generous helping of essntially what was a citrussy watercress pesto with lemon segments around the side of the plate. With my starter i drank a glass of macon chaintre @ £7.00 and for my main a glass of puligny montrachet 1er cru 05 at £14.00 I hadn't really planned on having dessert (far too much eating out this year all ready!) but then they took the cheese trolley to the table next to me... oh dear! A selection of Scottish and French cheese @ £10.50 - they had around 6 Scottish cheese of which i went for the Criffel and bishop Kennedy and a blue (dunshyre?) and a (French) Tomme au marc with a glass of maury £7.00. The service was discreet but friendly and the staff were very knowledgable and eager to offer assistance where necessary. This really was a very good meal, one of the best i have eaten in fact and i would definitely recommend The Kitchin to anyone heading to Edinburgh (Leith)

"Experience is something you gain just after you needed it" ....A Wise man

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