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It's festival time! No, not the ones where you watch Coldplay from two miles away in the drizzle wearing your wellies and eating a £9.50 bag of chips. We mean the Edinburgh Festival, where artists, singers, comedians, actors and every other talent you can imagine converge purely to entertain you. But, take it from an annual festival goer, it's exhausting dashing from one show to the next all day and you need a booking at a wonderful restaurant at the end of the day to keep you going. Here are our top ten spots to treat your tastebuds (in no particular order)...
Restaurant Martin Wishart

Fans of elegant French cooking can call off the search. This superchef's imaginative, seasonal dishes have been wooing diners in the city ever since 2001 when a Michelin star was awarded for the first time in Edinburgh. Wishart devotees flock to 54 Shore in Leith to savour detailed, exquisite dishes delivering delicate flavours. Wine buffs also make a beeline here, with a list that starts at an OK £26 and soars to premium £1k plus vintages. Try the six course tasting menu for £85 if you are feeling flush (Peterhead mackeral, Loch Fyne Crab Rose Marie, Shetland monkfish, roast breast of Goosenargh duck, raspberry pistachio lychee sorbet Sichuan pepper curd, Valrhona Guanaja chocolate mousse) or nip in for a three-course £32 lunch.

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