A modest frontage masks a casual café with an airy dining space serving French classics with a hint of ambition.
The newer Café Marlayne sits at the top of Leith Walk, offering homely food throughout the day and occasionally showcasing the skills that reside in the kitchen. At the rear is a spacious dining room which buzzes as diners enjoy an excellent value lunch. In the evening it's popular with regulars and theatre goers seeking above average pre-theatre food. Dark coloured walls, a cluster of paintings, a piano – perhaps for those inspired by musicals at the Playhouse – and a quirky glitterball add character. But the star of this show is the food. Starters could include terrine de campagne, raised beyond the ordinary by pistachios and cranberries which add crunch and balancing sweetness. Among the mains are the chef’s take on French classics, alongside more imaginative dishes such as guinea fowl served with black pudding and crisp ham, enhanced by carrot and star anise purée. Dessert choices will please cake lovers and those with dietary intolerances, while another hint that this is more than just a fuelling stop is the top-notch cheese board.
- Private dining: 15 (Cafe)
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Easy listening
- Capacity: 80
- Largest group: 80
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 10
- House wine: £17 per bottle
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…