The Kitchin

Address: 78 Commercial Quay, Leith, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 555 1755

- Expensive

4.8

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
4.9
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Service
4.8
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Food and drink
4.9
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Value for money
4.7
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Ambience
4.8
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Location
4.3
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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.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness

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