L’Idéal

Restaurant L’Idéal in MarseilleL’Idéal (Marseille) - © J. Oppenheim

Biggest Crush of 2017

Wicker chairs, raffia palm lampshades, a blue stone bar, a big table d’hôte, multicolored stripes, a tiny terrace… Smack dab in the middle of the Noailles neighborhood, France’s leading foodista Julia Sammut (born in La Fenière, a co-founder of the Bureau du Fooding, author of Kalamata: La cuisine, la famille et la Grèce), serves top quality products and incredible small plates at the stroke of noon. During our last trip there: crispy fried artichokes with a divine hummus for dipping; a beautiful stew of lamb from La Crau and spring vegetables (carrots, leeks, fingerling potatoes); and a delicious buckwheat tart topped with strawberries from Carpentras. Another option: browse the wonderful products on display and make your own incredible lunch. For example: Corsican U Porcu Neru ham, cornichons from the Maison Marc and Bordier butter, for a much-improved version of the classic jambon-beurre sandwich! Wash it all down with a Sulauze beer (€4), a Luberon red, L’Expression du Terroir from the Château la Dorgonne (€6.50 a glass) or a Nero d’Avola from Poggio Graffetta (€22 a bottle). À la carte €19.50 to €27. // A.S.

Getting there

Restaurant L’Idéal
11, rue d'Aubagne
Marseille
(13001)
France
43.2958049
5.379091
TEL: +33 9 80 39 99 41
Subway: Noailles