Chez Mal @ Malmaison

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Chez Mal at Malmaison
1 Tower Place

+44(0)131 285 1478

Overall score: ★★★★☆

Disclaimer: In exchange for this post, Mr B and I dined here free of charge. The opinions expressed in this article remain my own.

In the last few years, it has been really heartening to see an influx of mainstream hotel brands really get on board with catering for vegans. In Edinburgh, we’ve seen Hilton Doubletree and Waldorf Astoria create some really inventive vegan options, and now Chez Mal by Malmaison has happily followed suit with their own dedicated vegan menu.

The Malmaison Hotel is located in the beautiful Shore area of Leith, an area already renowned for its fine dining scene. The building itself has an unmistakable fort-like appearance, with a grand clock rising out of the top. On the ground floor you’ll find the hotel’s bistro and restaurant, Chez Mal, with plenty of outdoor seating to enjoy the long summer evenings.

To celebrate the launch of their new vegan offering, Mr B and I were invited along to try Chez Mal’s summer menu. And trust me, it did not disappoint.

Vegan food at Chez Mal, Malmaison


  • Summer squash soup, red chilli
  • Grilled vegetables, red pepper hummus
  • Tempura of seasonal vegetables, sweet chilli sauce
  • Superfood salad, avocado, edamame beans, quinoa, kale and orange zest


  • Semolina pasta, young vegetables and pea shots
  • Squash and red onion tagine, coriander and apricot couscous
  • Thai green curry, jasmine sticky rice
  • Superfood salad, avocado, edamame beans, quinoa, kale and orange zest


  • Exotic fruit salad and sorbet
  • Valrhona chocolate fondue, fruit skewer and berries
  • Caramel roasted pineapple, sorbet and almonds
  • Selection of sorbets

Vegan summer menu at Malmaison Edinburgh

Vegan olives at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Gin and Tonic at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Vegan vegetable tempura at Malmaison, Edinburgh
Vegetable tempura
Vegan grilled vegetables at Malmaison Edinburgh
Grilled vegetables with red pepper hummus

Chez Mal napkin at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Vegan tagine at Malmaison, Edinburgh
Squash and red onion tagine
Vegan cous cous at Malmaison Edinburgh
Coriander and apricot cous cous

Vegan cous cous and tagine at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Vegan Thai Green Curry at Malmaison Edinburgh
Thai green curry

Vegan rice at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Vegan grilled pineapple at Malmaison, Edinburgh
Caramel roasted pineapple
Vegan fruit fondue at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Vegan grilled pineapple at Malmaison, Edinburgh

Mr B and I were really impressed by the food at Chez Mal. To start, I had the grilled vegetables with red pepper houmous, which was really tasty and light. Mr B went for the slightly more decadent vegetable tempura, which he thoroughly enjoyed and was one of his personal highlights of the meal.

I had the squash and red onion tagine for main. It was rich and sweet, topped with moreish crispy kale. Mr B enjoyed the Thai green curry, which was served with a generous helping of jasmine sticky rice and a basket of flatbreads.

The dessert was my favourite course. You don’t get much more summery than tropical pineapple, and my dessert of caramel roasted fruit with sorbet offered a lovely light way to end the meal. Mr B opted for the colourful chocolate fondue, with was lovely and rich, unlike other more watery offerings we’ve had elsewhere.

The vegan menu at Chez Mal is wonderful, and it’s fantastic to see yet another mainstream brand cater so well for vegans. With some tasty imaginative dishes and a beautiful waterside setting, this is the perfect place to spoil yourself, celebrate a special occasion or impress your fellow dining companions with how exciting vegan dining can really be!

Choice: ★★★★☆
Menu info: ★★★★★
Deliciousness: ★★★★☆
Value for money: ★★★★☆

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