Ishka

4.4
141 reviews
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£25 and under
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Scottish
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.

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What 141 People Are Saying
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J
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and service, great value for money. I have already recommended this restaurant to all my friends and family.

OT
N. Ireland
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The chicken and pork were both fantastic!

X
London
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and cocktails. Some courses were delicious and others were nice.

DB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and cocktails were fantastic! There was only two people working in the restaurant and bar and so they were very busy meaning service sometime was a little slow however they did brilliantly to rush our main course as we had to leave to go to a show. Bit of a delay getting drinks however when they arrived they were worth the wait!

JR
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous staff and ambience. The did did not disappoint and the menu had some very tasty surprises. Wonderful experience - thank you

S
Edinburgh
16 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality of the food, the service and price was exceptional

OT
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice, service good

AL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Very average food and slow service. Food arrived cold. Taste fair but not great. Getting a waiter was a challenge and took a lot of time to order.

RS
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, service friendly, the only comment I would make is that the music did not match the ambience, although I didn't mind the choice of music. It was very quiet and quite surprised as it is located exactly across from EICC and during the fringe festival, thought it would be very busy - and so it should be, as the food was most excellent.

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Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this little Gem by pure chance, lovely staff, really cool decor, food top class.

GM
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was brilliant. Best lamb I've had in the UK. Cocktails were great and cheaper than expected.

FF
Edinburgh
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in smart surroundings. Pan European cuisine with a Scottish focus. Lovely local cheeseboard.

OT
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal, attentive service, in a quiet, slightly out of the way location.

G
Edinburgh
38 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice relaxing space with a very good value lunch of 2 courses for £15.

JA
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Ishka was an absolute delight to visit. Food, service and ambience excellent. Good range of availability on menu to cater for all needs/tastes. Will definitely revisit.

MH
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our server was attentive and friendly. He helped to make lunch a very pleasant occasion.
The food was delicious.

M
1 review
Dined on 30 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A warm welcome when coming through the door. The service was excellent and the food even better and reasonabley priced. The place itself is a very very nice place to be. Will definitely be going back. 10/10 👌

D
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, good menu choice and food we ordered was fantastic. Service was great

BI
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely very helpful waiter. Lovely restaurant really nice food, top end of the scale

RM
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location, fabulous food. Lovely staff, nice atmosphere. Just perfect!

m
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on 17 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We were vacationing and told by several locals that this is the place to go. It was...fine bordering on good. I don’t have anything negative to say but I’m certainly not overwhelmed by anything either. A bit pricey.

LM
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely darling place. Well crafted menu that was beautifully executed. A local chef owns the restaurant, and you can see the love and care she puts into all the items. I would absolutely visit again.

A
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Surpassed all my expectations! Attentive service, really delicious food, great value for money and a cocktail list I could quite easily have sampled lots more of!!
I'll definitely be back. Thank you for a great dining experience.

C
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely place. Nice and relaxed. Good was delicious and the staff couldn't have been more helpful. Very enjoyable meal

AW
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ishka should be busier.We have been a Couple of times and it is quite quiet. The food is good with the chef trying to present inventive dishes.This is not always perfect but there is usually something outstanding on the plate.Really well presented and service is friendly and efficient

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!

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.

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.

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.

R
New York Area
7 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.

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.

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.

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.

O
Edinburgh
15 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 :(

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

Great food and service. Understated.

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

Excellent quality of food with superb customer service

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.

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

Lovely food; really delicious.

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.

A
Edinburgh
6 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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