Michelin inspectors reveal their favourite dishes - and one is from a Scottish restaurant

Michelin inspectors have shared some of their most memorable dishes of 2023-2024 - and one is from a Scottish restaurant.

Published 6th Mar 2024
Updated 6 th Mar 2024

In early February the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2024 was unveiled, with Scotland gaining a second Two Michelin Star restaurant.

After the ceremony, some of the inspectors shared some of their favourite dishes - ones that made a great impression on them over the past year.

One of these dishes was from a Scottish restaurant, Lyla, which opened last year in Edinburgh.

Michelin inspectors favourite dishes
Picture: Lyla

The inspector, whose stand-out dish was the Scottish langoustine, burnt apple and sorrel, said: "LYLA was set up to showcase the best of Scottish seafood and this dish encapsulated that ethos perfectly.

"The premium langoustine was lightly cooked and provided a naturally sweet flavour, with the crisp pastry outer adding another textural dimension.

"A rich purée of apple also provided a nice complement to the langoustine. Some of the most enjoyable foods are those you eat with your hands and this was no different – it was hard not to lick my fingers after eating something so simple yet complex, with such harmonious flavours."

For dinner, Lyla serves a 10-course tasting menu in a Georgian dining room with the dishes an expression of head chef Stuart Ralston's cooking style, focusing on surprising flavour combinations with low to no manipulation of ingredients.

The restaurant took over the late Paul Kitching’s 21212 restaurant, with the bedrooms still operated by Paul’s wife, Katie O’Brien.

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LYLA, Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, UK
LYLA, Royal Terrace, Edinburgh, UK, EH7 5AB
Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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