La Roquette

Restaurant La Roquette (Marseille)

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Why change a winning vinaigrette? The dressing served at La Restanque is now available at La Roquette, the café belonging to Clément Dupouy’s mother (the former who is also behind the La Chicorée and Les Pissenlits grocery stores), which has been brought back to life by a handful of friends (Lisa Joubert, Jean-Baptiste Pouce and Gianni Basile). They’re a talented team who have mastered the rules of the neo-cantina, in a space with unfinished walls, French school chairs, grandmotherly tableware… and an open kitchen where you can observe the culinary shenanigans of Loïc Tavares, who’s done stints at Le Jourdain, Galerna and Le Truffaut in Paris. On the short à la carte dinner selection, there are small plates meant to be shared (sizes vary however): an XL panisse plated atop a chicken reduction; beef tataki blessed by the addition of chimichurri; Spanish tortilla in a throuple with labneh and harissa; fried hake à la Colbert, whose tartare sauce had us acting unfaithful to the lone dessert – a fiadone. And at lunchtime, you’ll find generous plates of the same caliber, forked up every man or woman for themselves while taking in the monthly art exhibit hung up near the entrance. // Folayemi Abimbola 

FEELING THIRSTY? : Something to quench every type of thirst: locally-made Tisse kombucha (€5 for 330 ml), craft beers from the Brasserie Artisanale du Luberon (€5.50 for 330 ml), Luciani coffee (€1.80 for an espresso), and a few biodynamic wines from the area – like a red from the Château de Roquefort (€5 a glass), or a white from the Domaine Ray-Jane (€29 a bottle). 
PRICE: : Cakes, pancakes, cookies and brownies (€3-8, in the morning), mains (€10-15, lunch), small plates (€8-14, dinner). 

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