The Kitchin.

As a treat for Mom, I wanted to show her the best Scotland has to offer. When a friend told me about The Kitchin, I knew we had to go there.

The Kitchin signIt was my first time at a Michelin-starred restaurant, and I think it was for Mom as well. Needless to say, we were mostly speechless for the entire lunch.

The Kitchin table setting

The Kitchin is the brainchild of Tom Kitchin, one of Scotland’s shining stars. He created this as a farm-to-table restaurant which sources ingredients only from Scotland. They even give you a map of Scotland to show where each ingredient is from. Which is honestly so cool.

We were brought a beetroot velouté with horseradish cream to start our meal.

Kitchin beetroot veloute

We agreed to go for different starters, mains and desserts to really experience more. Mom wanted the open jerusalem artichoke ravioli.

Kitchin artichoke ravioli

I decided to be brave and try the Highland wagyu paté. It was set on top of a jelly made of beef stock or something. It really was phenomenal.

Kitchin Highland wagyu pate

Mom’s main was the Plaice with mussels and gnocchi. It’s not often that you see Mom clean her plate, but she loved the plaice. She almost didn’t even share any!

Kitchin Plaice with mussels and gnocchi Kitchin Plaice with mussels and gnocchi

Mine was the Highland hogget with veal sweetbreads and roasted vegetables. I could eat those sweetbreads for the rest of my life.

Kitchin Highland hogget

Turns out hogget is a baby sheep…which was a bit of a gamble since lamb is just about the only meat that I’m not a fan of. But it was really quite nice.

Kitchin Highland Hogget

For dessert, Mom had the rhubarb crumble. So yum! It had the most wonderful texture (and appearance) of a soufflé

Kitchin rhubarb crumble Kitchin rhubarb crumble

My dessert was the caramel apple. Which was really lovely.

Kitchin caramel apple

All in all, I would have to say that The Kitchin is a can’t miss. It is on the far side of Edinburgh, but a taxi there is pretty cheap. (The taxi from Waverly train station was £8.80.) The Kitchin is located at 78 Commercial Quay in Leith. The set lunch is £28.50 which is a steal!

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