A recommendation from the concierge at our Marseille hotel.
We drove to the restaurant and the drive was wonderful on winding roads down the coast a bit from the big city. The restaurant boasts a very idyllic setting on a narrow cove, but with few view seats. Go past the restaurant for parking before being discouraged. They open at 20:00 and we were about the third table to arrive. Our waiter (102), fancied himself, we both thought. His attitude got the best of us by the end of the evening.
The food was wonderful, excepting my fish, a Pagre. The entree was a local dish called Pissaladiere, a local sort of onion pizza that's exceptionally yummy.
I was silly in two regards. One, I accepted a replacement for the whole fish which, while on the menu, was not available; and two, for ordering a fish that I had to take their word for the weight.
Sarah's dish of grilled prawns was super! My meal, other than the large number of scales and small bones with the fish, was good, too. Eating the fish proved to be too much work. The waiter tried to convince me all fish in France were served this way - he also was forgetful regarding the bread and the water. Granted the restaurant was filling up, and he was very busy. He had time, however to flirt, and make jokes with some locals. We were not the only people dis-satisfied by his forgetfulness and slowness. I wonder if the other couple were ever served.
When the bill came, the fish was charged at 480 grams, which I feel was a bad joke. 40 Euros for the small amount of inedible fish.
The wine was good, Chateau Sulauze, from Aix en Provence.
So, to sum up: Le Grotte can make good food but there are too many restaurants in the area with exceptionally good waiters to risk getting a bad experience.
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