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Martin Wishart, Leith

Martin Wishart’s restaurant is, arguably, the best in Edinburgh. It’s a place for special occasions and we had a wonderful meal there in September 2008. Canapes when we arrived then an amuse bouche of fois gras brulee with apple sorbet. My starter was a Lobster souffle with smoked haddock and spinach; main was Ross-shire shin of beef with fois gras and pudding was a remarkable St Felicien with Apple cannelloni. This was cheese wrapped in apple – a really nice mixture of cheese and dessert. New Zealand Reisling and a Chilean merlot (Lapostolle). Everything was absolutely delicious, service was impeccable. Really very good.

It’s expensive (it worked out including everything at about £80 each) but it was such an experience you felt that you did get value for money.

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A Thai fusion restaurant which seems to mean European style food with some Thai flavouring. Modern ambiance, good service and a relatively short menu. I had butternut squash soup with crabmeat, followed by sea bass with a saffron sauce. Not outstanding but very enjoyable. About £25 each, which included Thai beer.

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A quick meal before a concert. Toulouse sausages and warm potato salad. As usual, OK, quick but not wonderful.

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This replaced Phenecia, a restaurant where we often had lunch when visiting Edinburgh University. They have continued the style of reasonably priced lunches – £6-£7 a head. I had pine nut soup then peppers and goats cheese. Fine for lunch if you are in the area but probably not worth a trip

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This is a fairly recently opened branch of a well known Glasgow Indian restaurant. They serve tapas style dishes – smaller portions so you can try several. The menu is not as large as many Indian places which is good. We had 4 dishes between 2 of us – garlic chilli chicken, spiced haddock, aubergine and potato and minty lamb, plus some Indian bread.

The food was excellent – far better than the regular Indian/Bangladeshi food. Good atmosphere – we will be back. About £34 between 2, including Kingfisher beers.

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