Le Café des épices

Restaurant Le Café des épices in MarseilleLe Café des épices (Marseille)

Le Guide Fooding’s Best One Man Chaud of 2004

Tucked away high up on the place Jules-Vernes, whose big potted olive trees overlook the sails of the Vieux-Port, this tiny bistro offers up beautiful cuisine made by chef Mickaël Herrera. As proof, take his lunch palette: leeks in vinaigrette and a poached egg covered in a nest of arugula and smoked duck breast to get the meal off to a gentle start (or tuna gravlax carpaccio in a mango vinaigrette); then sautéed veal in yellow curry, creamy polenta and excellent roasted vegetables from Jean-Baptiste Anfosso in Saint-Cry-sur-Mer, deglazed with lemongrass; before a thunderous brownie with caramel sauce and whipped cream…. To wash it all down, Coteaux-d’Aix rouge from the Château de Beauprè (€4 a glass) or Coteaux-d’Aix rosé Pomponette from the Domaine de Sulauze (€27 a bottle). Tapas nights depending on the owners’ moods and during the summer, on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Menus €27-30 (lunch), €34-45 (dinner), à la carte €36 (lunch) and €48 (dinner). // N.K.

Getting there

Restaurant Le Café des épices
4, rue du Lacydon
TEL: +33 4 91 91 22 69
Subway: Vieux Port Hôtel de Ville, Sadi Carnot
Cherry on the cake: www.myprovence.fr