Go all out and dine at the Michelin stars of Edinburgh’s restaurant scene
3 Royal Terrace ££££
Edinburgh’s only Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, 21212 calls a stunning listed Georgian townhouse home, and offers up the luxury experience from dining room to bedroom. Chef Patron Paul Kitching may be classically trained, but his quirky menu has ensured Kitching has made a name for himself as a unique and creative chef. With options ranging from ‘Eggs Nest’ to ‘Not Mushroom for Dessert’ bringing interest to the weekly changing menu, 21212 brings the fun and excitement back to fine dining.
Signature dish: Keep things zesty for summer with Paul Kitching’s fresh Lemon ‘Curd’ Tart 23.
1 Princes Street ££££
An Edinburgh landmark in its own right, Number One is the signature restaurant of one of the capital’s most renowned hotels, The Balmoral, and sits in pride of place at the most prestigious address in the city. Holders of a Michelin star for over sixteen years, Number One is regularly heralded as the pinnacle of fine dining, known for seamlessly incorporating fine Scottish ingredients with classic techniques for a menu that’s refined, carefully curated, and utterly memorable.
Signature dish: No trip to Number One is complete without trying Head Chef Brian Grigor’s trademark smoked salmon.
Restaurant Martin Wishart
54 The Shore ££££
Trained under the likes of Albert Roux and Marco Pierre White, Martin Wishart’s credentials are not to be sniffed at. For further proof, just look at Restaurant Martin Wishart’s track record, which includes 17 years of Michelin stardom and a listing in the top 50 restaurants in the UK. The 8-course tasting menu offers the full experience, featuring top-of-the-line ingredients from Orkney scallops to Lindisfarne oysters, while the lunch menu is fantastic value, offering a snapshot of award-winning cooking at just £32 for 3 courses.
Signature dish: Go all out with the Valrhona Alpaco chocolate mousse, a rich and heady chocolate assault to the senses, brightened up with sharp sea buckthorn.
78 Commercial Street ££££
Scottish produce comes first at The Kitchin, where seasonality is key and the ethos behind the stove is ‘from nature to plate’. The menu reads like a tasting tour of Scotland, celebrating the best and brightest from her larder from Isle of Barra razor clams and Peterhead halibut to Border roe deer and Inverurie veal sweetbreads. Put your faith in Chef Patron Tom Kitchin and go for the chef’s surprise tasting menu – we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Signature dish: Known for his nose-to-tail philosophy, Tom Kitchin lets nothing go to waste. Try something new with the pig’s head starter, partnered with Tobermory langoustine.