This was our 4th meal at one of the great choice of port-side restaurants during our current stay (we have another week here still) and this is one place we won't be going back to. We had booked a table for Sat night (as it was Marseillan's Bastille Day fireworks we thought everywhere would be busier than usual) which as the little restaurant was full we thought was a good move. The menu was slightly odd - there were things listed on the boards outside which were not on the printed menu we received - and extra mini-blackboards of the fresh fish were presented but it was not clear which of these were included in the 29euro menu - the board implied they all were, but as we placed our order, we were told we were all eating a la carte. The owner's sole purpose seem to be to constantly replace our bread basket despite the fact it was still full, to get in the way (not hard- too many tables to move anywhere!) and sit with his friends at one of the outside tables. The food when it came did not live up to expectations - having seen so many positive reviews this was doubly disappointing. Melon mille feuille with parma ham and foie gras was made with distinctly under-ripe melon, too chunky and served bizarrely with half a plate of salad doused in oil which made the whole plate greasy. My son, who loves snails,opted for sea snails - only to find they were cold which made them bland and chewy and even the aioli could not make them palatable. Daughter's goats cheese bruschetta were the best choice. Mains - bizarrely every plate came with a huge dollop of aioli - which is lovely in the right place but did not belong on any of ours. By now the entire bistro smelled strongly of garlic - you can have too much of a good thing! My grilled sole was quite small, served skin side up and very crisp with an odd rice portion and ratatouille - not the most apt accompaniments for a delicate fish. Daughter had calamari - again OK but much too big a portion and quite oily. Husband enjoyed the swordfish but again there was alot of oil around. My poor son who felt that a Margret de Canard, medium, with potatoes, would be a safe bet, was presented with what could be best be described as a cremated plate of duck which certainly exercised his jaw, and a jacket potato still wrapped in foil and filled with - yes, you've guessed it - garlic butter!
The puddings were the best part of the meal - prunes in armagnac were delicious (good thing I like rum and raisin ice cream which wasn't mentioned!), cherry & kirsch sorbet saved my son's palate, the creme brulee was crisp and it is hard to ruin an ile flottant! However at over 170euros for 4 this was way over priced and we will certainly give this one a wide berth for the rest of the holiday.
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