Edinburgh is the proud home to not one, not two, but four Michelin Starred restaurants and these are venues where fine and luxury dining is taken to a new level. If you are hoping to visit any of these restaurants on a trip to Edinburgh it is important to book far in advance to avoid disappointment and they all offer their own individual take on fantastic modern food. Edinburgh is relatively small so it is a great feat for it to be home to as many top rated Michelin Starred restaurants as it is. Below is a closer look at each of the restaurants currently holding a coveted star.
Choosing the name Number One somewhat puts the aspirations of this restaurant very clearly out there and it is the main restaurant of the Balmoral Hotel. It is one of the highest-ranking restaurants in the whole of Edinburgh and holds one Michelin Star. Dining at Number One is an elegant experience and it has a formal, classic dining room which is a wonderful choice for a very special occasion or a romantic meal. Leather bound menus are filled with wonderful meal choices from foie gras to monkfish and Balmoral smoked salmon.
Based in the Leith area and run by the famous chef, often spotted on TV, Tom Kitchin. The Kitchin opened just a decade ago in 2006 and gained its Michelin Star in 2007. The food is exceptional and attracts many visitors because of its well-known chef but the food is so fantastic it wouldn’t matter whether you had heard of him or not. Every plate is kept clean and unfussy and the menu is packed with exciting seasonal produce to whet the appetite. The restaurant’s wine cellar is highly impressive too so it’s worth asking about pairings with each of your courses.
Based in a beautiful Georgian townhouse that was designed by well-known architect Thomas Playfair, 21212 is a restaurant where they want to show off their greatest asset – the kitchen. The guest tables are all cleverly setup with views of the glass entry into the kitchen and it is possible to watch each course being prepared. There is a touch of whimsy to the 21212 menu which changes every week and incorporates locally sourced ingredients every day.
Restaurant Martin Wishart was opened in 1999 in the port of Leith and ever since this date Martin Wishart has had a strong reputation at providing some of the best food in the whole of the city. With tasting menus and other options available, there is plenty of fantastic choice and by choosing the tasting menu you get to enjoy exactly what the chef believes is the best of their offering. Staff will pick out the wines to match your food and sample dishes from this menu include Loch Fyne Crab Marie Rose, Squab Pigeon, Emmenthal Soufflé and Blackcurrant Mousse with Milk Sorbet.
There are many other fantastic restaurants in Edinburgh and many which are challenging and aspiring to their own Michelin star so you truly are spoilt for choice when you visit.