The Kitchin, Leith

After eating at Martin Wishart last September, we were keen to try out his near neighbour Tom Kitchin in Leith. So we bridged the East-West divide and went over to Edinburgh, wandered round Harvey Nicks and made our way to The Kitchin.

The restaurant is in an old quayside building in the old port of Leith, overlooking the new administrative offices of the Scottish Government. Calm and contemporary interior with dark wood and sage paint inside, warm and welcoming. Service friendly, knowledgeable and attentive (although at times too attentive).

Nibbles: Pissaladiere (Provencal pizza) & choux pastry stuffed with beetroot relish.

Amuse bouche: Parsnip soup, fresh apple, parsnip crisps.

Scallops: Pan-fried Orkney scallops with fregola pasta.
Pork and Langoustine: Roasted langoustine tails from Anstruther with boned and rolled pig’s head served with a crispy ear salad.

Hare: Hare with foie gras, cabbage & bacon farcie, butternut squash puree, celeriac puree, chestnuts and shallots.
Venison: Roast saddle of venison from Invercauld estate, with roasted apples from Moira’s garden and chestnuts,
served with a beetroot and celeriac gratin and a juniper berry sauce.

Cheese: Scottish and French cheeses.

Rhubarb and Yoghurt: stewed rhubarb, citrus yoghurt sorbet, cheesecake mousse, chocolate sauce, pecan crumble.

Coffee and petit fours.

All washed down with a nice D’Arenberg Laughing Magpie shiraz/viognier.

Unlike in Martin Wishart, the whole meal was coherent and worked well together. The starters were the highlight of the meal providing the best complement of flavours and textures. The venison was tender and worked well with the rich sauce. The hare was really dark and tasty, and came with a fairly powerful and concentrated reduction that could have been a touch lighter. But that’s the only minor criticism of an excellent meal.

Definitely a place to go back to, particularly as it’s only an hour or so away. I wonder how their Summer menu differs from their Winter menu. Planning already…

6 thoughts on “The Kitchin, Leith

  1. It’s a shame that these places only seem to offer a token meal for vegetarians. If I went I’d only have the choice of one starter and main course. Not what I call choice. OK, so it’s my ‘fault’ for not eating meat but it does seem a bit limiting. From my experience, the posher the restaurant the less the veggie choice. Weird eh?

  2. I’m afraid most restaurants are set up for omnivores. However, if you call in advance, many of the top chefs’ restaurants will offer a wider veggie choice.

    Although probably not Gordon Ramsay.

    Choice is probably even more limited for people who eat halal or kosher though.

  3. I simply don’t like the texture nor taste of meat. I can cope, for example, with tinned tuna but if it’s ‘real’ tuna it is too meaty. I can just about cope with prawns every once in a while. I hate things like veggie sausages or soya mince. If I wanted to eat a sausage I’d just eat one! Does that make sense?

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