Superstar Edinburgh chef, Martin Wishart (who brought the city its first Michelin star with his namesake Leith eatery) has interpreted the French-style bistro in his own inimitable way with The Honours. Surprisingly, given the air of his Leith restaurant, The Honours is a charmingly less formal setup that still retains Wishart’s sense of panache and artistry. The brasserie food is sent out on trolleys, with a small army of servers attending each table, keeping glasses perpetually filled and hoovering up crumbs. The gold leaf decor and resplendent chandeliers also go some way to evoking an ambience of la belle epoque Paris. The pride of the kitchen is the famous, albeit pricey Chateaubriand and the excellent selection of steaks. Make sure to leave room for the renowned desserts – cheese boards from Henri’s deli in Stockbridge, the soufflé du jour, a sharing tarte tatin with cinnamon ice cream and sundaes with caramelised bananas and crunchy pecans. If there’s any room left, patrons are encouraged to head on through to the cocktail lounge and sample a punchy Zacapa espresso with 23-year-old rum and creme de cacao.
Price: Fine dining
Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 12pm – 2.30pm; 6pm – 10pm
Watch out for: The brasserie style menu and trolley service