When we visited Scotland, Jen and I had a chance to visit our first ever Michelin star rated restaurant Martin Wishart. Located in a rather unassuming beige coloured building in Leith, it doesn’t look like much on the outside but it is home to some of the best food in Britain and has been recognized as such by Gordon Ramsay and The Good Food Guide. We came in with pretty high expectations.
We booked the six course tasting menu with matching wines and here’s what we got:
Martin Wishart was an amazing experience that didn’t disappoint. There was imagination and skillful presentation with every course. We had a pleasing variety of unusual experimental dishes (the halibut course) and more conventional dishes that were just absolutely delicious (its the best octopus dish I’ve ever tasted). The staff were exceptionally knowledgable, happy to have a chat about the wine and were colourful characters themselves. The maitre’d had the appearance and mannerisms of a Rowan Atkinson but with an outrageous French accent. He was amazing.
My one observation at the end of the night however, was that while it was an excellent experience, it definitely was not any order of magnitude better than what we’ve had at Buffalo Club and Tetsuyas. I think that if Michelin ever hauled their asses down Australia way, there’d be more than a handful of restaurants who’d be picking up Michelin stars.