Edinburgh’s The Kitchin features among Graham Layer’s restaurant selections
I am going to concentrate on a spectacular lunch I had in Edinburgh at The Kitchin on the Leith waterfront recently. It was a crisp autumn day with blue skies and glorious sunshine and I enjoyed sitting at the front of the top floor of a double decker bus heading down to Leith from Edinburgh city centre with my wife. I’d had mixed reports on this restaurant which is remarkably close to Martin Wishart’s establishment (which I have written about before and its grand French dining). The Kitchin turns out to be a more informal scene built into what is essentially an extremely smart and impeccable restaurant.
The latest restaurant choices from Graham Layer
I have been chasing celebrity chefs again it seems. I will start with Ormer which I went to I think on the eighteenth day that it had been open in St Helier, Jersey, offshore from France but still part of the UK. This is a new restaurant which is very stylish, right in the atrium of the town with outstanding interior design owned and run by Shaun Rankin, who used to work at the Bohemia where he achieved Michelin Star status (more on Bohemia later). Apart from a few difficulties in making the booking electronically, the whole dining experience was outstanding. It was a Friday evening and we both dined from the a la carte menu which has much to recommend it, but there is an inevitable menu dégustation or tasting menu.
Graham Layer provides his regular review of restaurants
My first port of call is Locks Brasserie by the side of the Grand Canal in the charming leafy area of Portobello, just a few minutes from Dublin city centre. I was not surprised to find that the brasserie had recently been awarded Michelin one-star status. The chef, Rory Carville, had previously trained at the other well-known Dublin restaurant, L’Ecrivain. It is a very humble-looking dining room with distressed wood and great views of the canal.