I moved to Leith the first time round in 2006 – the same year that Tom Kitchin and his wife Michaela invested in the area when it didn’t seem like there was much investing in. Over the past decade, the place I call home once again has been transformed making it a real destination – for foodies, locals and tourists alike.
I was kindly given a voucher for my 30th birthday last year from all of my in-laws so we booked to go for dinner and headed along, just a hop and a skip from our flat, on a rainy Wednesday evening to the welcoming refuge of The Kitchin.
Taken care of from start to finish in the way that you’d hope for and expect of a Michelin starred restaurant, the staff flit around taking care of the bustling dining room with ease.
I didn’t want to spend the evening glued to my phone noting every detail about each dish so this one is just going to be a brief one. The food was wonderful and a highlight was getting to meet the man himself, Tom Kitchin, and getting to observe the chefs at work in the kitchen. The only dish not pictured below was a rhubarb “soup” with a confit lemon yoghurt which Tom himself explained was reminiscent of his childhood eating fresh rhubarb dipped in sugar at his Grandmother’s house – just like I did when I was a kid.
Each course was lovely but the dessert I chose – the apple crumble souffle – was divine.
Crispy rye breads with cream cheese
Scallops cooked in the shell with a puff pastry crust & white wine sauce
Pork cheek and langoustine with a crackling tuile
Roe deer with seasonal vegetables
Monkfish wrapped in pancetta
Bitter chocolate mousse
Apple crumble souffle
The Kitchin, Commercial Quay, Commercial Street, Edinburgh, EH6 6LX