I spent the last bank hols in Edinburgh.
A friend of mine was running the half marathon, and we wanted to be there and cheer him on. Not one to turn down the opportunity of a mini holiday, I booked a room in the old town and convinced my bf that a city break was exactly what we needed. We quickly jumped on the first train out of darling Glasgow, and headed towards the Scottish capital.
Tried + Loved: Café Marlayne, Edinburgh
If you’ve been reading cava for a while, you’re probably aware that I’m obsessed with good food.
I’m constantly looking for fresh flavours and new venues. Oh and yes, I read restaurant reviews like there’s no tomorrow.
Luckily, my bf is like me (except for a much better chef, that is…), so we quickly decided to seek out some of the best food experiences in Edinburgh. Enter, Café Marlayne.
Situated quite discreetly on Thistle Street, Café Marlayne is a French bohemian bistro with endless amounts of charm and amazing food. The setting is intimate, with only a few tables available between the hours of 6 and 10 each evening, but it never feels cramped. The staff is welcoming, and the head chef popped her head out of the kitchen more than once to ensure that the customers enjoyed her skills.
Lately, the menu has taken a new direction. By no longer being simply French, the menu has clearly been inspired by fresh ideas, tastes and flavours from all over the world. But there’s no reason to worry – the flavours and ingredients are still subtle, but never overwhelming. It’s as elegant as you would expect from a French bistro.
I ordered sea bream, and it was probabaly one of the better meals I have ever had.
Soft as velvet, the dish was perfectly prepared and it tasted of long summer nights, childhood adventure and bonfires. Dan went for the duck, and he basically inhaled the entire plate. It felt as if every mouthful was a new experience – and we both kept on eating, long after we were full, savouring every last piece. It was an absolute dream (and so was the cheese cake I had for pudding!).
We stayed until closing time. Enjoying first a few glasses of sparkling wine, before we moved on to South American Malbecs. After Café Marlayne, we headed to the Jazz Bar to dance off all the cheese cake.
It’s probably one of the best evenings of my life. Certainly, the most dreamy one.