Chez Mal Leith

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Chez Mal Leith
Malmaison Edinburgh, 1 Tower Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7BZ
  • Telephone 0131 468 5000
  • Opening times 9am–1am
  • Bar open Sun–Thu 9am–midnight; Fri–Sat 9am–1am.
  • Food served Mon–Fri 7–10am, noon–2.30pm, 6–10.15pm; Sat 8–11am, noon–2.30pm, 6–10.15pm; Sun 8–11am, noon–4pm, 6–10.15pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Mon–Thu 6–10.15pm; Fri/Sat 6–7pm
  • Pre-theatre price £19.95 (Prix Fixe menu)
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Attached to the Malmaison Hotel in an enviable waterside position, this is a classic French-inspired bistro with a focus on seafood.

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A favourite with passing tourists, hotel guests and locals since the early days of Leith’s revival, Chez Mal continues to flourish. It boasts a fine location with views over the water and is a tranquil place to enjoy outdoor dining when the weather allows. If conditions are less kind, indoors is also relaxed, with exposed brick walls, colourful sea-related images and glass-fronted wine cabinets. The décor is reminiscent of a traditional bistro, and the food adds to this feeling. Alongside the eclectic à la carte offering is a good value fixed-price menu that changes seasonally. Traditional starters include eggs meurette, a delicious version of the French regional favourite, featuring two perfectly poached eggs with a rich sauce enhanced by pancetta, mushroom and onion. Among the similarly well-executed mains is a confit duck leg that falls from the bone, perfectly partnered by Toulouse sausage and tomato-infused coco beans. The tradition continues with desserts which include wine-poached pear served with a vanilla panacotta that has the perfect wobble.

The List's rating






Colin Renton visited Chez Mal Leith on 29 January 2019
  • High point: Classic bistro favourites
  • Low point: Nabbing an outdoor table when the sun shines on Leith
  • Notable dish: Eggs meurette
  • Average price: £24.95 (set lunch); £19.95 (set dinner)
  • Private dining: 4 rooms, capacity 8–65 people
  • No. overnight rooms: 100
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Live entertainment: Live music in the bar occasionally
  • Capacity: 64 (40 outdoors)
  • Largest group: 44
  • Open since: 1994
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 27
  • House wine: £20 per bottle