Cafe Marlayne

Address: 76 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN, Scotland
Telephone: 0131 226 2230

- Mid-range

4.5

An intimate French bistro with a great atmosphere and delicious food.

Tucked just off Hanover Street, Cafe Marlayne is a lovely spot for lunch or dinner. There are only nine tables and the chairs and tables are rustic wood. The food is great. The menu, changing daily, is presented hand-written on paper menus and you know you are getting the freshest market produce cooked with flair and imagination. They make the ordinary extraordinary. For example, a recent trip here I ordered scallop on boudin noire - it's not like British black pudding, the charming waitress explained, it is very French. Intrigued, I ordered it and it was, without a doubt, the tastiest black pud I have ever had.

The cafe itself is small and very popular, so chances are you will be very close to other diners. However, in my experience, proximity to fellow diners is quickly forgotten as the warm enveloping atmosphere eases the reality of life away as you are cocooned in this charming little restaurant.

Food and drink
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Service
4.5
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Food and drink
4.6
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Value for money
4.3
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Ambience
4.7
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Location
4.9
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Food and drink

French bistro fare: mussels, boudin noir, casseroles, liver, sauces, creamy lyonnaise potatoes, side salads, sliced baguettes and butter in bread baskets. You get the picture.

Recommended dishes

The choice changes daily but the fish is always cooked perfectly.

Ambience

Intimate and quirky, with one wall-papered wall and higgelty piggelty, genuinely shabby chic but comfortable furniture.

Service

Informed, informal, helpful and eager to please. Unable to decide which house wine to order, I was able to taste the two I was considering.

Location

Just off Hanover Street, on Thistle Street, next door to Joseph Bonar - an excellent antique jeweller. Beware, his window looks even more attractive after a few glasses of vin blanc.

Price advice

The set lunch and dinner is incredible value and you can go off plan if you desire.

Tables to book

There are only nine so take what you can get.

Branches

Cafe Marlayne has opened a second restaurant opposite The Playhouse at the top of Leith Walk.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Singles
  • Relaxation
  • Romance
  • Special occasions

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