I’m always on the look out for great places to eat. Despite my dairy intolerance, I still have a fondness for milkshakes and cheesecake. In March, the OH and I passed by a cafe in Haymarket that specialised in their cheesecake. I’m the kind of person who would suffer the consequences of eating something that didn’t agree with my tummy and if Mallow Valley’s cheesecake and milkshakes were that good, I was willing to risk it.
The cafe itself isn’t big, but when the weather is as good as it has been this past week, there are tables outside for you to enjoy the sunshine while sipping on a nice cold milkshake in your choice of flavour in a mason jar glass while helping yourself to a slice of their delightful selection of cheesecakes or a sandwich.
The cafe opened a year ago and is really starting to catch people’s attention because of its prime location just a minute’s walk from Haymarket station. I had a brief chat with the member of staff working at the time we visited and the choices left in the glass display cabinet were all that was left of the day. The cheesecakes are made daily and brought in every morning with a few more choices later in the afternoon.
In case you’re looking for a proper lunch before indulging in sweets, the cafe also serves hot and cold sandwiches with coffee and tea.
The leftover choices of the day
Not surprisingly, most of the cheesecake rounds were reduced to segments. As a result of my indecisiveness, the last slice of sweet popcorn and caramel cheesecake was ordered by another patron. In the meantime, we had our milkshakes while we took our cheesecakes home to enjoy in comfort.
Nice, cold milkshakes: strawberry (left) and Oreo (right)
I thought the milkshakes would all taste the same. You can’t really go wrong with a blend of milk, flavour and ice cream, but the Oreo milkshake I ordered was probably one of the best I’ve had in a while. I’m not sure how or why it’s different, but compared to the Oreo milkshake I ordered at another cafe in Edinburgh, the milkshake at Mallow Valley actually tasted of real Oreos rather than flavouring.
The cheesecake was also lovely. I didn’t have a taste of the OH’s pistachio cheesecake, but I thoroughly enjoyed the raspberry jelly. It’s been a long time since I had jelly and it brought back nostalgic memories of making them at home as a child. The base was nice and thick which gave the cream cheese middle a good balance.
Delicious cheesecakes: pistachio (front) and raspberry jelly
Sometimes cheesecakes can end up being too filling and there’s not room for anything else. The portion was generous, but I’m surprised to say it wasn’t too heavy in the stomach. My eyes were constantly flitting back to the cheesecake display and I know I will definitely be back to try the other flavours of the day. I’m sure my friends and family will most definitely enjoy this wee cafe.
Mallow Valley cheesecake cafe is located at 278 Morrison’s Street (the end closest to Dalry Road, next to Haymarket pub) and is open daily from 9:00am till 6:00pm Monday to Thursday, and 10:00am between Friday and Sunday till 7:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 5:00pm on Sundays.