L’Effet Mer is on the south side of the main street, so gets sea views. Early diners would get to see the sunset, but it was dark by the time we arrived at 8. We had a table facing the sea; which was quite romantic. The tables are close together, as everywhere in Grand Case, but the room was not full on the Monday night we visited. The food was extremely well prepared and service was friendly. Euros are converted at the market rate at lunch and dinner, but at breakfast they are exchanged at par. Breakfast and lunch customers are also entitled to use the lounge chairs on the beach in front of the restaurant. We ate 5 evening meals at restaurants in Grand Case and, on the basis of the food we ate, rated L’Estaminet, Effet Mer and Auberge Gourmande the best, Bistrot Caraïbes second and La Villa third.
I started with a trio of raw marlin: tartare mixed with hijiki and tarama, which arrived theatrically under a bell glass filled with smoke, mousse in endive leaves, and “rillette” layered with raw fish slices. These were all interesting and tasty concoctions with well-balanced flavours. The same was true of my wife’s trio of foie-gras: pan seared with fig sorbet, pâté with mango jam, and tartare with truffle dressing. As a main we shared an “old wife” (a.k.a. “French sea bass”) a local freshly-caught fish. This was cooked just à point and had a subtle flavour. For dessert (unnecessary, but compelling) we shared a crème brûlée trio: berry ice cream, plain crème brûlée, & crème brûlée bended with berry ice cream. These were all very nice & suitably small. The food came to just under 100 € and the wine around 30 €.
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