There is a duo of restaurants in Edinburgh that can be found in every guidebook and food mag, receiving the most amazing reviews one after another. I'm talking about Cafe Marlayne on Thistle Street and their slightly larger restaurant in Old Fishmarket Close. They both have classic french menus that change quite often, sometimes daily, depending what is in season and at it's best at the time.
Their tiny bistro on Thistle Street was packed on a Wednesday night, with all 9 candlelit tables full. We were handed handwritten menus that looked very tempting with duck breast, lamb rumps, rib-eye steak, sea bass, halibut and lemon sole.
I started off with buffalo mozzarella served with roasted red peppers, crispy chorizo, tomato and pesto...
followed by halibut fillet on a bed of crushed potatoes, rocket, crispy parma ham and garlic butter. Both dishes were pleasing to both eye and mouth, and I was so happy that I still had room for a pudding!
Then I had some serious trouble choosing from their dessert menu...
but eventually managed to make up my mind and key lime pie it was, delightful end for a truly divine meal.
I understand now what the fuss is about with Cafe Marlayne; it's so cosy, welcoming, intimate, and the food is simply gorgeous and good value for money. Make sure you book your table in advance, as they are always busy. Bon appetit!
absolutely perfect service
76 Thistle St, Edinburgh, EH2 1EN - 0131 226 2230