Two weeks ago my partner and I spent our first evening meal in Marseille at Le Peron. It has a wonderful setting being perched on a cliff, overlooking the Ocean... The seating on the terrace is ambient and natural, with its wonderful views of the sea and it's wood cabin style feel from the teak terrace and tables. For atmosphere I would give this place 5 stars.
The food was pretty good (I had the fillet of beef with shallots and beetroot syrup and potato fondants), though I was a little disappointed with the potato - not quite up to Michelin standard; they were ever so slightly dry.
As for the service, we were nicely greeted at the door and upon checking my name (and the fact I had booked from a UK email address) we were given English menus). This would have been fine, albeit we were given the English speaking waiter whom upon being so priviledged with his impatient, aggressive and invasive manner, I immediately knew he was the infamous arrogant waiter who many others have complained about on Trip Advisor. When my partner and I both ordered the beef, he pulled a face and reprimanded us for not trying the seafood. Having had fish for lunch, we decided we'd both quite like the beef. To cut a long story short he pursuaded my partner to try the King Prawns - which were ok and not quite as amazing as he made out. When it came to ordering the wine, I asked for a recommendation for a full bodied red... (I have been more of an Australian wine drinker up until recently and there were very few of the usual regions you would find in Waitrose, so a little help would have been welcomed.) Instead we were told that the only full bodied red on the list was the most expensive in the house. I asked what it was like and he was unable to tell me anything except that 'of course it is good'. (He was clearly not a Sommelier and had little knowledge of wine). He then said at the top of his voice 'is it he prices you're looking at?' and suggested we try the house wine (which was as expensive as many of the other wines), I asked what it was like to no avail. In the end we went for a Pinot Noir, as it's a grape we both like, being one of the few light wines I'll drink, and apparently the only full bodied wine on the entire list was €64 (& he didn't sell it very well). Upon ordering it he shouted 'oh you wanted a full bodied wine, and now you order a light wine' in the most rude and arrogant manner. Next he interrogated my partner over the type of leaf in the Clam Risotto, repeatedly asking if she knew what kind of leaf it was. She said she didn't know but he just kept asking. From the arrogant and invasive tone he displayed over the evening, I would guess he is quite insecure, bitter and fed up of his job. At one point another waiter quietly said 'Bon Appetit', I didn't hear him and asked him what he had said & mr arrogant jumped in and shouted 'he said enjoy your meal!' as if to imply that we couldn't understand.
The moral of the story is - if you eat at Le Peron, ask for the menu in French (it would have been soooo much easier) then fingers crossed you won't get the aggressive waiter, who seems to want to spoil the beautiful atmosphere with his own insecurities, and interrogate those on holiday.
On the cost - we spent €190 (3 course set menu, €41 bottle of wine + coffee). It is all worth the price just for the lovely setting (if you don't mind having your personal time slightly invaded by an arrogant & insecure waiter)!
Bonne chance et être sain!
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