Food Tourist:- The Kitchin by Tom Kitchin, Leith
When visiting Edinburgh for work recently, I opted to stay in the now trendy area of Leith, but once the scene of Trainspotting. It’s only a few mile from the city of Edinburgh and easily accessible.
The area has really gone through a revival with an abundance of new residencies which in turn has led to a surge in bars and restaurants, with one of the most famous being Tom Kitchin’s very own The Kitchin.
Opened in 2006 by Tom and Michaela Kitchin, the Michelin Starred restaurant can be found within part of the old docks area of Leith. Fronted by stone and cobbles, from the outside, its hard to know what you are going to get, but once you step inside you are transferred to a warm and homely environment. Stone, wood and furs are softened by clever lighting to create a relaxed and homely setting. The shades of greens, greys, browns and blues are almost creating a tartan like effect throughout the dining room.
Stone walls separating some of the tables look rustic, whilst also helping to create an attachment with nature, a theme that continues into the menu itself.
Priding itself on using seasonal produce, Tom’s philosophy is ‘From Nature to Plate’ and the restaurant aims to work with some of the best of Scottish produce.
I start off with a drink in the bar which is served with a canapé of rye crackers, made three ways. Rock Salt starts off my selection, an ideal drink accompaniment. Secondly I try the squid ink rye with its flavour punch being pleasant and enjoyable, finally a honey and oat rye, how Scottish could you get.
I am shown to my table, which is just yards away from the open kitchen area where Tom Kitchin himself is standing, ensuring that his brigade are executing his dishes to his high standards.
Freshly baked sourdough and butter is placed in front of me with a smile and an explanation, this is joined with a map that details where all the ingredient have been sourced throughout Scotland, from the freshly caught fish to the locally produced butter.
I’m then served a chilled tomato consomme, which when tried was refreshing yet complex. Fresh cherry tomatoes burst in the mouth, balanced by black olive and cucumber, creating a dish that is a perfect blend of sweet and salty, which sets me up for the main menu.
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The Kitchin can be found at 78 Commercial Street (EH6 6LX) opposite the scottish government, building in Leith – Check out the website and make your reservations here