With all the Michelin-stars accumulated by Edinburgh establishments, it’s easy to overlook the revolutions occurring in kitchens around the capital with regards to humble local dishes. Chefs throughout the city are finally coming around to realising the rich potential of Scotland’s larder and waters, and using artistry and panache to transform these ingredients into stunning odes to the national character. We’ve put together a guide to Edinburgh’s 5 best local restaurants.
It’s become something of a cliché among Edinburgh food and travel writers to include Masterchef and Saturday Kitchen-star Tom Kitchin’s popular Leith restaurant in lists of the capital’s highlights. Yet, nearly ten years after opening, The Kitchin still remains one of the strongest culinary establishments in the city. The winning formula of The Kitchin has always been twofold; firstly, the former whisky bond warehouse setting is one of the most stylish affairs in Edinburgh. Its wooden furnishings and wallpaper from Scottish designers Timorous Beasties are muted yet inviting. Secondly, the a la carte menu is an unabashed celebration of Scotland’s larder and waters; Kitchin operates a serious ‘from nature to plate philosophy’, whereby seasonal Scottish ingredients are worked over by French techniques resulting in beautiful plates of modern British cuisine.