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“Excellent! A lucky find.”
Review of Cafe Marlayne

Cafe Marlayne
Ranked #100 of 2,598 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: New Town
Reviewed 6 April 2012

We ate here last week after finding this place on our last trip to Edinburgh though it was sadly closed for a few hours that day. We really fancied the menu and made mental note to try it on our return and how glad we were that we returned!

The menu appears to change very regularly and is a small, hand written affair with around four or five starters and mains. Our choices included a boudin noir with bacon, and a pigeon. Both of which were delicious however I felt could have been warmer. That said, it was excellent. Mains were sirloin steak which was huge, well cooked and excellent value, and rack of lamb with yogurt and herbs, this too was excellent. Both mains were accompanied by a delicious bowl of fresh veg and dauphinoise potatoes. We chose a sticky toffee pud to share for a dessert, and a bottle of cote du rhone, which was lovely.
I for one can't wait to go back to cafe marlayne. It's a small place, ten tables at most. One (slightly abrupt) waitress, and a very good cook. Definitely go. It's excellent quality and value in the heart of the capital, really do search it out, well worth it.

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Thank pr0fumo
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

Friday off and a trip into town with the good lady. Hadn't booked anything so wandered aong Thistle Street and saw a free table in the restaurant. Not a big menu, four starters and four main courses but you know it's not going to be boil in the bag or microwaved.

Small place with tables close together. Creates a busy feel though and reminded me of some nice restaurants in Paris. One waitress for whole service but she was good and there were no delays at any of the tables.

Food was good and well priced for lunch. Portion sizes fine as well. Didn't feel the need for the dessert menu. Total cost with wine was under £40 which was not bad at all.

Worth a visit.

Thank Mr_Dangelbery_Jones
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Reviewed 16 March 2012

With no particular plans for lunch, we walked past the front of the Thistle street branch. We liked the look of the place, and the handwritten menus: a small but varied selection, and with prices which seemed very reasonable. It proved to be an excellent choice.

The restaurant is small, and tables are close together. I did not find this off putting, but it may have felt claustrophobic if it had been full.

The food was excellent: very well prepared, and a good selection of vegetables. We both had two courses followed by coffee, and shared a bottle of red wine. The bill came to under £50, a third of which was the wine. I noticed the food prices were higher in the evening, where a larger selection was on offer.

A wonderfully cooked two course lunch plus wine for less than the average mass produced pub meal, this was an absolute bargain and I would return without hesitation.

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Thank williams_tj
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Reviewed 13 March 2012

We arrived without reservation and were asked to wait - fair enough. We waited and waited and waited, we would have happily come back but that was not an option.

Finally given a table, which was very tightly squished between others, had to manoeuvre without putting my bottom into other diners meals (and I am not a large lady). Hence privy to far too much information from our neighbouring diners.

Food was ok , nothing special we were hungry and cold so we had 3 courses each and wine. Wont go again - not my cup of tea better places to have lunch. Maybe it is better at nigh time.

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Thank LadyaboutTown001
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

Over the years we must have enjoyed all the items on the menu. The lamb is always outstanding.

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Thank George P
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