The home of TLE (Edinburgh) is a wonderful place to indulge in that favourite of pastimes; eating and drinking good food and wine. We have so many restaurants in the city the most difficult task is deciding where to go. For the cream of the crop why not treat yourself and pay a visit to one of the four Michelin Star restaurants in Edinburgh; for a city that is small and compact this is quite an achievement! Two of these restaurants are located in Leith which is becoming a real hotspot for foodies. Read on to learn more about the culinary stars of the city and what they have to offer a discerning dinner guest.
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
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
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
This is an intimate hidden contemporary-styled gem and recently awarded a Michelin Star, tucked away where the Old Town meets Southside. During the day, light pours into the airy whitewashed room from the large skylight. Condita has six tables and food is prepared for the number of diners booked in (no walk-ins allowed). The vibe is leisurely, so expect to be in for the night, as you soak up the experience, rather than having a quick bite. The range of organic wines is a boon, as well as the pre-dinner method Champagne. Presentation is imaginative, with meals arriving on pebbles, wooden spoons and artfully arranged. Much of the produce comes from a walled-garden in the Borders, which accounts for the proliferation of perfectly fresh herbs.
Address: 15 Salisbury Pl, Edinburgh EH9 1SL
Phone: 0131 667 5777