Ishka

4.4
116 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Lunch
  • Cosy
Welcome to ISHKA. Embracing the best of local, seasonal produce; ISHKA’s small team endeavour to support local suppliers in their menu creations. With express lunch, pre-theatre, bar snacks and A La Carte – ISHKA puts a Mediterranean twist on what Scotland has to offer. With beautiful cuts of meat, fillets of fish and vegetarian dishes, there’s something for everybody. Stay for a cocktail and dessert and let the in-house mixologists serve you an ISHKA original or stick to the status quo.

Special Offers

2 courses with 2 cocktails for 2: £30 per couple

Two starters, two mains & Two cocktails: £30
dining off market menu and reduced cocktail menu

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 April 2019

Ends: 30 April 2019

Availability: Mon-Thu 17:00-19:00

Lunch: 2 courses £15

From a set menu.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes Tax, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: 1 April 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Mon - Wed 12:00PM - 2:30PM 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 116 People Are Saying
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B
London
5 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was great, they only had 2 staff on but you could never have told. They were efficient, polite and the food was great as well and very fast too! The cocktails and cheese board were good as well!

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PW
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Ishka is a hidden gem that if it were closer to town would be fully booked for weeks at a time. I'm actually reluctant to recommend it because I want to keep it to myself lol. The food is superb, the service is impeccable but what impressed us the most was the value for money. We had the market menu as the choices we made happened to be on it. I cannot recommend this sophisticated, elegant eatery more.

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TT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waitress was very helpful and friendly. The food was good. I would definitely go again and reccomend it to my friends and family.

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FG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, lovely Australian guy serving us & great lunch menu price!
What a find!
We will be back.

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Nice restaurant. Service slow due to only one person waiting tables and tending bar. Otherwise, nice staff and good food. Recommend.

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SH
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We came here for my boyfriends Birthday meal.
Food was amazing (just wish there was more of it)
Service was great.
Value i was really surprised by (in a good way).

Defiantly will come back here when we are next in Edinburgh.

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AM
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff were very pleasant and attentive. Food was fresh & tasty. This was my second visit to Ishka & I will definitely return.

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DD
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While there are a lot of good things about Ishka including good service and relaxed atmosphere, unfortunately we were disappointed overall with the food. It’s not badly cooked and there’s some good presentation but the menu and mix of ingredients could be improved. Some flavours didn’t go well together to such an extent that the overall experience was not as enjoyable as hoped.

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O
Edinburgh
13 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The only good thing about this restaurant was the staff. However their smiling faces could not make up for the bad food. I had halloumi for my starter. It was greasy and lacked what promised in the menu such as red cabbage, carrot etc. I could hardly taste the dressing. My main was duck. The skin was not crispy, so called cauliflower purée was so watery and so bland that it looked like white sauce on the plate, I couldn’t even eat it with my fork. I needed a spoon - probably the worst cauliflower purée I had in my life! My husband had mackerel starter which was nice (I finished his as I didn’t enjoy my starter) and venison as his main. It was ok. Nothing special about it. With so many nice choices in Edinburgh I would not go back to Ishka. Sorry :(

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j
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and service. Understated.

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DM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality of food with superb customer service

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DI
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

After being quite hopeful of a great experience due to the glowing reviews we were disappointed with the overall experience.

Very much a game of two halves with my wife's dishes better than mine in terms of presentation as well as flavour.

We had the Anti-Valentines menu which was on the face of it pretty good value but the execution of some of the dishes was poor.

Appetiser of Tomato and Basil soup was lovely and presented in a cute little white cup.

Starters:

Pork Belly: Lovely, well cooked and with a nice little sauce/dip/chuteny on the side. Very good starter
Mackerel Pate: This came out more like a mackerel puree or pafait almost but a runny one at that. Just as curious was a fennel garnish on the side which lacked flavour and seasing overall. Poor.

Mains:

Roast Rump of Lamb: Cooked perfectly and very well seasoned this was a great dish apart from a bit of variety in hte peas on the side - some looked as if they'd been reheated.

Hake with mashed potato and mushroom cream sauce: I'll be honest this looked like something an amateur would put on a plate and not something you'd expect from a restaurant claiming "exceptional menus that effortlessly combine the best in Modern Scottish cuisine with nods to the Mediterranean". The mash, hake and mushroom cream sauce effectively were placed on the plate with no real care it seemed and whilst the tastes were okay there was nothing memorable about the dish in any way.

Sweet: We both opted for the Donuts with chocolate sauce and raspberry compote/coulis on the side. I'll be honest it looked and tasted like someone had taken circular cutters to an Asda sugar donut and placed them cold on the plate with two little side dishes of sauce.

Service was good - staff very pleasant but not overally attentive really. The restaurant itself however is lovely.

Overall this was a very disappointing experience and one made moreso but the high level of expectation set by previous reviews.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely food; really delicious.

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TF
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great staff, smashing lunch choice.....lovely interesting flavours. Will definitely make a return visit.

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A
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Very good portions. Second visit and had porkchirozo burger, fries, relish and bavette steak with salad and fries. Steak perfect fries hotandsupers salad well dressed.
Great menu good portions efficient friendly service. Will be back

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LM
Edinburgh
4 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The Orange trifle is to die for ~I have a new favourite!

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p
Edinburgh
29 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and really enjoyed our lunch

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M
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely cosy atmosphere even tho we were the only people in as it was a Wednesday. Service was good as you’d expect! I was a little disappointed in the food. It all sounded better than what was actually delivered. Not bad but not great either. The wine menu was good - they had a favourite of mine you don’t often see. They also had some unusual mixers which I enjoyed with my gin! 😊

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ST
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Had a voucher for Ishka. There was only one person serving on the bar and at the tables. She was run off her feet.
It was also very noisy, think there was an office party in.
We both had a starter and a main course. The food was very nice, hot and tasty.
I would recommend this restaurant.

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A
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good choice of starters and mains. Humus excellent with pitta bread as were mussels. Both had hamburgers. Really big with skinny fries and coleslaw. Very tasty and filling. White Spanishwine very pleasant. Service great and would go back

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G
London
6 reviews
Dined on 8 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent meal very good service very quiet on the evening we went .

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RB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 29 December 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Ideal spot for a meal if going to the Usher Hall. I

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CT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fun atmosphere, great service, and excellent food. The wine selection is well rounded and they have several house made cocktails (didn’t try any of those, but they looked good). The duck was great as well as the lamb rump. Both were tender and perfectly cooked. The bread for an appetizer was excellent as well. And all for a great price.

The location is a bit off the main path, but worth the trip outside of the Old Town / New Town districts.

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DB
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The service was great. The food was tasty but not outstanding. The restaurant lacked atmosphere and was surprisingly quiet given that we were there during the festive season.

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EW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great chilled lunch, yummy food great service, our waitress was really friendly and even gave a list of pubs to go out to later. Winner

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AT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food well presented with friendly staff. Food also reasonably priced. What more could you ask for! I will definitely be back

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BD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and drinks at Ishka, and it was our favorite place during a short trip to Edinburgh. Good value for the money, not too crowded, and good service from the staff.

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KM
Glasgow
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Over cooked lamb and no sauce with the dish meant it was dry. Pleasant restaurant but food not as good as it could be

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AM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A little gem - excellent food, great service, reasonable prices.
Our first visit, but we will be back!

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G
Edinburgh
11 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed. Market Menu (5pm - 6.30pm) excellent value.

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RO
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a lunch here with the family. it was just great all round. Nice food - fab service and a great time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is fresh and yummy. Staff is nice and helpful. The location is easily accessible.

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JC
London
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

No draught beer available, only two of the bottled beers from extensive list. We ordered three crab starters which meant everyone else in the restaurant was denied that choice (and this was 19:00 on a Saturday). Staff spent more time telling diners what was not available than anything else.
One of our party ordered vegetable lasagne which was not as described on the menu and was lasagne heavy and vegetable light. Complaint made, no response given and still billed. Bill paid, gratuity withheld.
Deeply disappointing.

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OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without a doubt great quality food and great choice in wine all at sensible prices

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DB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good flavourful food and ambiance. A bit out of town, but reasonably priced menu including fish choices

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JP
London
1 review
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, beautifully presented. Friendly service, lovely cocktails. All round perfection, recommend booking. Will definitely be back again in the near future.

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GR
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very nice and tasty food with friendly staff. Only issue was that the first three of the wines we chose from the list were not available.

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I
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch and the food was delicious and the service was flawless. Would highly recommend the hake.

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S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent. Very friendly staff and service was great

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DF
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely people, good food that came quickly as we were seeing sthg across the road at the conference centre. Very accommodating as we were late and cosy nice atmosphere. Very nice all round.

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