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“Good value, but food lacking the finishing touches.”
Review of La marmite

La marmite
Ranked #34 of 108 Restaurants in Bandol
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $35
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Good value, but food lacking the finishing touches.”
Reviewed September 27, 2012 via mobile

Seems to be a "local" place which serves local food and specialities. Only french menu and spoken by waitress. Food is inexpensive and good, but lacks the finishing touches to elevate the flavour further and bring us back. As many others, this restaurant is located In the back alleys, but this one has a direct path to the sea view and this can benefical on hot days with sea breeze.

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Thank panzer76
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  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Friendly and reliable restaurant in Bandol”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

We ate here on four occasions in a two week holiday which is a recommendation in itself.

The standout dishes for us were:-
Cabillaud en croute (it comes with an array of provencal vegetables)
Pieds et Pacquets (sheeps feet and stuffed tripes, an excellent version, with garlicky sauce. I have had this in Marseilles and Aix where it was a bit duller and more tomato-dominated)
Assiette Camarguaise (tasty local pates, salamis, with a salad and a breadstick - probably a good starter to share before a main course each)
Creme Brulee.

They do reliable fish soup and moules frites with nice and plentiful chips.

There is quite a strong formula with three courses, several choices for each course, selections from a la carte rather than dull aternatives

The Gigondas Red, Bandol Rose, Bandol Blanc were good with the food, even if in each case, you can get slightly more complex examples - as we did, that is because we are a tad pretentious and precious about seeking great wine while in this region.

The couple who run the place are friendly and after a first refusal kept teasing us on later visits with a repeat offer of limoncellos after the meal.

If you want staff in bowties and menus without prices "for the lady" then go elsewhere, but if you like good local cooking more then this is a reliable place to eat

  • Visited June 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Very good restaurant in Bandol”
Reviewed August 9, 2011

It is located in a small street between Pons and Republique streets in Bandol, next to Auberge Provencale. We stopped at this restaurant as they displayed oysters on their ardoise menu. We were seated in the street terrace and I had a small sea view from there. As an aperitif we were served 4 types of sauces/tapenade. One anchoiade, 1 tapenade, 1 zucchini sauce very good, and another sauce I can't remember. The wine came by pitcher and was inexpensive. My oysters arrived on ice with a lemon and garlic butter, very simple, and my husband went with a fish soup with croutons and rouille. The soup portion was big and it was delicious. Our son was served a steak hache with fries. Asked to cook it more, and the waiter changed his plate also no problem. Then my husband got his taureau with vegetables wich was delicious. He first asked for a well done meat, but the waitress recommended to cook it less and she was right. I received my exquisite bowl full of mix of fish and some musseles. Now, I think this was the best dish I ever tried in Provence in our 3 trips there. The fish was perfectly cooked and very tasty. It was served in a yellow sauce made of fenouil, garlic, safran and other ingredients, it had a nicely cut carrot and a potato. A real delight in each spoonful. For desert our son had an ice cream with pistachio and cassis and we decided on creme brulee in lavender liqueur. The creme brulee was exquisite, although the lavender taste was very light. This restaurant doesn't have seafront to sell, if it is there it is because of high food quality and excellent cooking. The price was inexpensive of 53 E for 3 of us for this quality of meal.
I highly recommend this place for our best meal in Bandol and we sampled a few restaurants there staying for 2 weeks.

  • Visited July 2011
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