Café Marlayne

Café Marlayne
Café Marlayne
13 Antigua Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3NH
  • Telephone 0131 558 8244
  • Food served Mon–Sun 8am–10pm.
  • Average price £10.90 (set lunch); £17 (evening meal)
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Birra Moretti

A modest frontage masks a casual café with an airy dining space serving French classics with a hint of ambition.

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A casual glance at its modest vestibule, would suggest that this is little more than a café. However, further in there’s a sudden opening out into the warm heart of the restaurant. Also, despite its presence in a row of restaurants that specialise in cheap and quick meals for Playhouse patrons, Café Marlayne offers something counterintuitive and unique: a bold menu. Impressive in its range and depth, it suggests a place determined to do a small number of things extremely well. And so it proves. A starter combining smoked mackerel with pears and a Szechuan peppercorn dressing sets the bar high – an unlikely but finely judged combination of textures. Of the main courses, juicy, charred lamb rump with crisp, vanilla-braised chicory is paired with a sharp, herby and garlicky sorrel pesto that cuts right through the richness of the meat. Alternatively, a ribeye steak is accompanied by sweet onions, a softly fiery horseradish sauce and salt-baked walnuts providing a crunchy, buttery counterpoint. We’re back in café land for dessert, but the clementine cake is a citrussy delight.

  • High point: Busy and bustling even on weekdays
  • Low point: All this excellence doesn't come cheap
  • Notable dish: Lamb rump with vanilla-braised chicory and sorrel pesto
  • 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 Walk

12 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…