Le Café des épices
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.