French-style café-by-day and restaurant-by-night with something to charm everyone.
Meet Marlayne, the younger sibling to her older namesake on Thistle Street; she’s less Amelie than her sister and a bit more in your face. The surprisingly spacious interior with mismatched décor and sprinklings of objet d'art hints at this restaurant’s split personality; by day, there are café-style breakfasts and snacks like croque monsieur and grilled paninis, cakes and coffee, and a simple set lunch menu featuring grilled meat and fish, soup, mussels, pâté and more. By night, the candles are lit to beckon the pre-theatre crowd with a set menu featuring slightly more sophisticated dishes of duck, lamb, venison, cod and pork cooked in a slightly confused French-not-French style, with only the homemade sweets like lemon curd polenta cake and flourless chocolate torte alluding to the daytime persona. This restaurant is a bit more Bellevue than Belleville, but none the worse for that. It’s charming, loveable and maybe even a bit more Amelie than it first appears.
- Private dining: 15 (café)
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Eclectic staff playlist
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 11
- House wine: £17.50 per bottle
- BYOB: £5 corkage
Reviews & features
Edinburgh restaurant Café Marlayne relocates second branch to top of Leith Walk12 Jan 2011
One of Edinburgh’s much-loved French restaurants has relocated its second branch to a radically diff
If you’re familiar with Café Marlayne’s cosy Thistle Street restaurant, the barn-like proportions of their latest venture on Antigua Street may come as a surprise. High, white-washed walls, supersized glitterball and bold Ikea lampshades mean the new…