Martin Wishart is an award-winning chef and restaurateur, who in 1999 established his eponymous Edinburgh restaurant. Situated in the historic port area of Leith, it was awarded a Michelin star in 2001, and has retained this accolade every year since. Following this success, Martin established a sister restaurant at Cameron House Hotel in Loch Lomond, which in turn received a Michelin Star in 2011. His most recent venture is The Honours, a contemporary brasserie in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town.
When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is…
When I hear the words ‘This Is Edinburgh’, the first thing that springs to mind is a vibrant, historic, fun and a very exiting city to live in and to visit. Edinburgh offers a magnificent spread of old and new combinations. There are also lots of things to see and do. Edinburgh Festivals in the summer, rugby weekends and of course, Hogmanay. Where else would you like to be?
What makes you proud to live and work in the city?
I love the friendliness of people in Edinburgh. I am so proud to belong to this unique city and always happy to show people around or to enjoy it myself with my family and friends. I also love working in Edinburgh, it’s a city that has it all without being too big, you’re just so close to the sea, the mountains. It’s a perfect place to get fantastic fresh ingredients to cook with, such as fish, shellfish, game and wonderful beef.
A perfect Day in Edinburgh ends with….
A perfect day in Edinburgh ends with a nice meal in one of the many restaurants that the city offers - followed by a pub crawl in the Grassmarket and Royal Mile. A couple of personal favourite Edinburgh pubs are Kay's Bar and The Canny Man. I also really rate Blackfriars, a great place for a drink, but the restaurant is really worth a visit too.
Edinburgh still surprises me when…
Edinburgh still surprises me every day. Wherever you are in the city centre, you’re surrounded with things to look at and appreciate. The dominating presence of the Castle on the volcanic rocks, the unique New Town architecture and the great advantage of being near the sea, Edinburgh is packed with drama.
Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in the city-centre?
When it comes to eating out, we are spoiled for choice in Edinburgh no matter what your budget. Artisan Roast serves terrific coffee, while the delicious Turkish-Mediterranean cuisine at Café Truva on the Royal Mile is ideal for a quick, light lunch. For fish and shellfish it has to be a visit to Ondine in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. And of course - I have to recommend The Honours for a night out and meal with friends! You have not tried the best meat in Scotland until you’ve tried a rib-eye steak perfectly cooked on our fantastic Josper grill. Delicious.
As a local, my hidden gem that most visitors to Edinburgh may miss is…
If I’m in need a nice bottle of wine, the only place to go is Raeburn Fine Wines in Stockbridge where you can find rare and excellent wines.