Welcome, the reservation form below allows you to book directly into our Restaurant Diary for tables of up to five people. For bookings of six or more people please send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us 0131 553 3557.LunchTuesday to Saturday 12:00 - 13:30On Saturday we only serve the a la carte and tasting menuDinnerTuesday to Thursday 19:00 - 21:30 Friday and Saturday 18:30 - 21:30The restaurant is closed on Sundays & Mondays
Martin Wishart, an Edinburgh-born chef, has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s most highly respected chefs. Trained under such renowned chefs as Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White and John Burton-Race, taking a little bit of inspiration from each mentor over the time he worked with them and distilling it to create his own culinary magic. Amongst some of the many attributes they imparted to him over the years of working together, it was the importance of discipline in the kitchen, a passion for food and a deep understanding of classic French cooking techniques that have continued to be the backbone of his style. Whilst never having planned to become a chef, he started working in kitchens from the age of fifteen, fell in love with the industry and now has more than thirty years’ experience in the business. He is now an established and multi-awarded chef and restaurateur.
With a passion for quality produce, he sources his ingredients as locally as possible and, when necessary, internationally. Being a proud Scot, he likes to use Scottish produce and has built lasting relationships with many of his suppliers. It was the love of his home, Scotland, which brought Martin back to settle here and begin to live his dream of one day owning his own restaurant.
As a very creative person, he is always on the look-out for new ingredients; some new ideas and new dishes to prepare for his customers. It is this creativity and inspiration that drives him and has ensured that his business has gone from strength to strength. Ambition has never been lacking; Martin decided at the age of twenty-three that he wanted to start up his own restaurant, but he is not a man to rush into a decision lightly, so the search took him nearly seven years before finding the perfect property to setup his first restaurant in Leith.
Martin has a great entrepreneurial attitude and is always looking for new and exciting opportunities. To date he has three restaurants, one cook school, outside catering opportunities and an unrivalled reputation for consistently delivering a top-quality dining experience.
His efforts have been recognised:
In November 2012, when he was awarded a Degree of Doctor honoris causa by Edinburgh University; the citation highlights Martin’s “contribution to the raising standards of Scottish cuisine, specifically in Edinburgh, to the international regard it currently holds” and that his work has had a “positive impact on tourism to the city and its reputation as a fine food destination”. In addition, he has “created jobs and provided exceptional, international standard training to talented young chefs”.
Martin has a great talent and natural skill for organisation, which is reflected in the consistency he has been able to develop across his various businesses. The effective systems and good practices he has established have ensured that his second restaurant, at Cameron House Hotel, earned itself a Michelin star within three years of opening.
Martin has had his business for over eighteen years now and started with a small team of just ten, but he now employs over ninety members of staff, and this does not include staff that he directs and trains in different consultancies.
Martin has also proved to be a reliable partner with well-known companies:
Ten years as a columnist for The Herald
Eight years in Cameron House Hotel
Two years with the Malmaison group
He also has consultant experience, he makes suggestions to improve the quality of the food offering, creates menus, training chefs, kitchen design, choice of suppliers, good presentations and organisation. Experience with: Malmaison Group, Serco, KSL, Home House, National Galleries of Scotland and many others.
He has cater for big events: Audi Showroom opening night in Edinburgh, Royal bank of Scotland, Wimbledon, Formula 1 in Singapore, Qatar, the James Beard Foundation just to name a few. He has cooked for the British embassy of Washington D.C., many celebrities, the Duchess of Northumberland, the Prime Minister of Scotland and many others.
He also gets involved with charity work: he has supported the Muir Maxwell Trust, Social Bite, Doctor Bells centre, Spina bifida, Sick Kids, Cancer research and numerous others.
Martin is married to Cécile who works alongside him as a co-director of both their companies, and with their three children live in East Lothian.
Awarded Michelin star in 2001
and retained it ever since.
Awarded Michelin star in 2011
and retained it ever since.
Modern brasserie in the heart of Edinburgh
opened since 2011.