On every holiday, we try to fit a couple of michelin star restaurants into our itinerary and Martin Wishart made it onto our list in Edinburgh.
The restaurant itself was rather small. Tables were placed close to each other but the use of mirrors throughout the dining room gave us the illusion of it being bigger. At 75 pounds pp we thought it was fairly priced for a michelin starred restaurant. The staff were very courteous and the food was very much to our/my liking. I have a thing for french cuisine.
Amuse Bouche – I can’t quite remember what this was. It wasn’t very memorable.
Olive Bread – Warm, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. We both had two serves with lots of butter!
Amuse Bouche – The scallop in the middle was the best out of the lot.
Ravioli of Squab Pigeon, consommé, white radish and carrot – Consommé was rich in flavor, ravioli pasta was paper thin and I think the filling had foie gras which made it for me. A great Dish!
Ceviche of Halibut, mango and passion fruit – Nothing out of this world but it was refreshing and tasty.
Loch Fyne Crab “Marie Rose”, tartare of rose veal, tomato and crab mayonnaise – The veal was nicely prepared but the mayo took over the dish completely. I love crab so that didn’t bother me too much.
Langoustine and Veal Sweetbread Roast in Buckwheat and Thyme, braised endive, curry and sauternes sauce – This was my favourite dish from the menu. I am probably biased as I love the main ingredients used. I could taste the lightly charred flavour from the langoustine and the sweetbread was crispy and soft. The only thing I would have changed would be the hint of curry in the sauce. I loved it nonetheless!
Roast Goosenargh Duck, morels, broad bean croquettes, foie gras sauce- Another winner, the duck was so tender and the sauce matched it perfectly. Yum!
Palette Cleanser – My least favourite ‘dish’ of the night. I liked the bottom bit which tasted like lemon curd, but the rest was just alright. I just wanted dessert to be served!
There were two desserts to choose from and Simon got the Mille- Feuille while I ordered the chocolate option.
Mille- Feuille, vanilla cream, caramel ice-cream, caramelised apple compote – Simon said it wasn’t the best dessert he’s ever had but it was quite nice. The vanilla cream was the best part in my opinion. Everything else didn’t do it for me.
Valrhona Manjari Chocolate, exotic sorbet, mandarin curd, chocolate soil – I never order desserts with orange in them but I chose this because it had chocolate and I love chocolate! Sadly, it was disappointing with the biscuit base being so hard I couldn’t cut it. Everything else was not to my liking either :(
Chocolate Truffles to end the meal.
Even though there were some misses, we left Martin Wishart full and contented. I would give it a 7/10 :)