The home of (Edinburgh) is a wonderful place to indulge in that favourite of pastimes – eating. We have so many restaurants in the city to choose from, but only a few have made it to that top spot of gaining a Michelin star. However for a city that is small and compact we have 4 Michelin star restaurants as of 2016 which is quite an achievement.
So Who Are They?
Based in Leith and run by famed chef Tim Kitchin, The Kitchin opened in 2006 and claimed its Michelin star in 2007. Although the restaurant could ride on the success of Tom Kitchin alone, the food steals the show for every diner. Simple, straightforward and unfussy dishes are presented on the menu and there are no unusual ingredients just for the sake of it. Be sure to ask staff about wine pairings, as The Kitchin has an extensive wine cellar that offers something for every dish imaginable.
Address: 78 Commercial St, Edinburgh EH6 6LX
Phone: 0131 555 1755
With a name like Number One, it should come as no surprise that this Michelin-starred establishment is one of the highest-ranking restaurants in all of Edinburgh. Rather than attempting to push the boundaries with ingredients and decor, Number One sticks with classic elegance. The dining room is formal, and it is the perfect setting for a romantic meal. Highlights on the menu (at time of writing) include Blairgowrie Beef Fillet and Truffle and Celeriac Spelt Risotto. From the red walls to the leather-bound menus, Number One is a memorable and formal place to enjoy a meal in the Scottish capital.
Address: The Balmoral, 1 Princes St, Edinburgh EH2 2EQ
Phone: 0131 557 6727
Located in the port of Leith and opened in 1999 Martin Wishart has a solid reputation in Edinburgh as being one of the best restaurants in the city. Rather than piecing together your own meal from the extensive menu, it is best to opt for the six-course tasting menu prepared by the chef each evening, there are some variations available, including a vegetarian menu, and a fish menu, so that the dishes cater for a wide audience. If you are drinking have staff pick out wines to pair with each of the dishes. Sample dishes from the menu at Martin Wishart include ox tongue tarts, haddock potato mousseline with a rich red wine sauce and to finalise the meal with a sweet treat, petits fours are served by a waiter in white gloves.
Address: 54 Shore, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH6 6RA
Phone: 0131 553 3557
Located in a refurbished Georgian townhouse designed by architect Thomas Playfair, 21212 is an eatery with a focus firmly on where the magic happens: the kitchen. Guest tables are oriented with views of the glass-entry to the kitchen, and diners can watch as chefs prepare each course. The menu itself is creative and whimsical at times, and the name 21212 comes from its starters, mains and dessert interspersed with soup and cheese between courses.
Address: 3 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian EH7 5AB
Phone: 0845 222 1212