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“Very nice and potential to be excellent”
Review of Cafe Marlayne

Cafe Marlayne
Ranked #144 of 2,640 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: New Town
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We spotted this place after eating dinner so we decided to visit the day after for Lunch.

It is a small but very adequate restaurant but since we chose to eat at 12 noon it was rather empty.

To start my partner ordered duck liver pate with raisin and apple chutney which had good flavour and was very nice. I had the mackerel fillet with crostini type toast and a zingy salsa which was also very light and nice.

For main meals we both were in the mood for a good burger so we opted for the rump steak burger and frites. It arrived and we were very impressed by the fact that it was clearly in a brioche bun which had been toasted (a must for a good burger) and it was rather large. The fries were perfect texture but were over salted for our taste. The slaw was good and obviously homemade. The burger itself was covered in a good layer of melted cheese and had pickles and salad. It should have been perfect; but..... it was overcooked. We were told that it would come medium and unfortunately it was well done with a tiny bit of pinkness remaining. In fairness it was not cremated and retained some juiciness. There was no sauce added to the burger that we could taste or see which was a shame as it made it a little dry. The bun which should have been a triumph was slightly over toasted and was so tall that it served to make the whole thing a bit drier. This burger ticks lots of boxes and is going seriously in the right direction. For me, with small tweaks and a perfect medium patty it would be one to make a detour for.

Overall, this is a lovely little restaurant that we'd likely go back to for lunch on a future visit to Edinburgh. It's very authentic and really gives you a sense that they are trying to serve home-made, simple but very tasty French inspired food at reasonable prices.

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Thank GPotz
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Reviewed 16 April 2014

Very surprised reading the negative reviews. The food tonight was excellent. Four starters all excellent then everyone opted for the steaks which were cooked to perfection . Toffee creme brûlée to finish and nice wine too at a reasonable price. Wednesday night and no spare tables - no wonder. I will definitely eat there again .

Thank KenSpeedLondon
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Reviewed 10 April 2014

Lovely restuarant....small inside but didn't feel overcrowded even though it was a busy Saturday night with lots of conversation going on. The food was amazing and the lamb and duck were perfectly cooked and delicious. The staff were brilliant and we were served our courses quickly. I'd definitely recommend and I'll hopefully be back very soon!

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Thank woo77
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Reviewed 2 April 2014 via mobile

Hurray, Key Lime Pie is back on the dessert menu. Thank you.

This place has been one of our favourites for a long time. Always enjoy a visit here. Didn't enjoy the pâté on our last visit though.

Thank chickleg
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Reviewed 30 March 2014 via mobile

Visited Cafe Marlayne on the recommendation of my parents and will definitely be back. Quaint little restaurant with great service & excellent food. Lovely menu with good variety, just hard to choose! We had 3 courses and everything we ordered was gorgeous. Restaurant has a French cafe vibe but remains cosy & intimate. Great value for such lovely food. Only faults I could give would be slightly limited wine list and limited space on tables (but fits with cafe feel!). Highly recommend a visit. We'll be back!

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Thank Lisa H
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