78 Commercial Quay, Leith, 0131 555 1755
NEAR Ten minutes by taxi to city centre
Open less than a year before gaining its first Michelin star, Tom Kitchin’s eponymous restaurant has lit up Edinburgh’s dining scene, and his subsequent appearances on the Great British Menu have further polished his reputation. The chef has worked with big names such as Pierre Koffmann and Alain Ducasse which is reflected in the classical French slant to the food. ‘From nature to plate’ is the restaurant’s philosophy and a recent menu boasted dishes such as rump of lamb from Dornoch, served with kidney, crispy belly and a compote of red onions cooked with Szechuan pepper and apricot, as well as Kitchin’s signature starter of roasted langoustine tails from Anstruther with boned and rolled pig’s head served with a crispy ear salad. You’ll pay top dollar but remember the meal long after the bill stops stinging.