The Kitchin

Price guide: Expensive

78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX

Price guide: Expensive

The Kitchin interior

By Alison Craig, your Edinburgh expert

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#3 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Edinburgh
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4.8
4.8
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Romance, Special occasions, Trendiness

Expert review of The Kitchin

Fabulous Michelin-starred restaurant on Edinburgh's waterfront.

If you're in Edinburgh and you love food then you will love The Kitchin. Multi-award-winning chef Tom Kitchin has gone from new boy in town to household name, and when you taste his food it will come as no surprise. There is something very endearing about this corkscrew-curled Scot and his lovely wife, who work incredibly hard; their success is something everyone is delighted to see.

With a Michelin star and about a dozen other awards, including being the first Scottish restaurant ever to receive The Observer's food monthly magazine's Restaurant of the Year award in October 2010, you will need to plan ahead to secure a table.

Food and drink: 

From nature to plate is Tom Kitchin's ethos, meaning you get the absolute best Scottish seasonal produce. I keep going on about his Michelin star but you just know this is going to be excellent; expect Scottish with a French influence and be prepared to step out of the box, as he can push the boundaries sometimes. A good example would be his famous pig's head and langoustine, admit it, this isn't something you have every day, or possibly ever imagined existed. Well it does and it's wonderful.

Recommended dishes: 

Daily seasonal alternatives to the menu are on offer depending on the produce available. It could be game, it could be shellfish...whatever Tom decides on the day. Expect delights like razor clams from Arisaig, hand-dived scallops from Orkney and that pig’s head and langoustine.

Ambience: 

Muted decor and dark colours with flattering lighting -yes! - and a sense of intimacy. There is also a glass panel which allows you to see into the kitchen and get a sense of the magic being perfomed in there.

Service: 

Michelin service - you know the deal: discreet, efficient and generally faultless.

Location: 

Commercial Quay, right opposite the Scottish Executive.

Price advice: 

There's a three course set lunch for £24.50 - you can’t beat that! The surprise tasting menu includes one amuse bouche, pre-starter, starter, middle course, fish course, meat course and dessert (cheese supplement £10) followed by coffee/tea with petit fours - £65.00.

Going your own sweet way? Expect main courses at around the £30 mark, which is why that lunch deal is really great value.

More information on The Kitchin:

Price guide:
Expensive
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Scottish
Address:
78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX
Telephone:
0131 555 1755
Website:
http://www.thekitchin.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tues-Thurs 12.15pm-2pm and 6.30pm-10pm; Fri and Sat 12.15pm-2pm and 6.30pm-10.30pm; closed Sundays.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to The Kitchin? Would you recommended it?