King Arthur and his knights may not have called in at Marseille but the round table – La Table Ronde – certainly did. La Table Ronde pays tribute to the fare of Brittany, offering a rich selection of savoury and sweet pancakes, referred to respectively as ‘galettes’ and ‘crêpes’. Each item on the menu evokes the Breton culture, such as the Bigoudene galette garnished with sausage, mushrooms and walnut, or the Belle-Ile version comprising pan-fried scallops, leak fondue and lemon butter. There is a large selection of traditional cider and beer, and some serious dessert concoctions of which the witch’s cauldron made up of a small crêpe, apples soaked in cider, rum and raisin ice cream, hot chocolate sauce and chantilly all flambéed in pure rum. It’s time for a Mediterranean diet after a visit to the Table Ronde!
La Table Ronde, 24 rue Sylvabelle, Marseille, France, +33 4 91 04 68 83
Situated on the old harbour pier at the top of the 21st century MuCEM museum, which showcases European and Mediterranean culture and civilisation, La Table is one of three restaurants in the museum and probably the most remarkable for its magnificent panoramic view of the Mediterranean. The splendid view and essence of the museum are reflected in the copious Mediterranean buffets and creative dishes available on the menu. Look out for a modern take on octopus carpaccio, fish soup or veal escalopes. La Table’s contemporary minimalist décor likewise reflects the highly modern architecture of the MuCEM signed by Rudy Ricciotti, a perfect place to enjoy modern Marseille.
La Table, 1 Esplanade J4, Marseille, France +33 4 84 35 13 13
For ultimate chic al fresco poolside dining, look no further than Victor Café located in the four-star New Hotel of Marseille at the entrance side of the old port. Chef Jérôme Pollo believes in creativity working in tandem with fresh locally sourced produce, including herbs, salad vegetables and artichokes grown in the hotel’s own vegetable patch. His inventive cuisine combines regional and lesser-known vegetables with fresh meat and freshly caught fish to make up delicious soups and stews. Look out for the exceptionally tender Japanese Kobe beef dishes, or tuna steak lightly cooked in satay sauce with wok vegetables. In the same spirit of creativity, Victor Café is also a contemporary art gallery, providing a space for artists to work in front of a live audience and showcase their finished creations.
Victor Café, 71 Boulevard Charles Livon, Marseille, France +33 4 88 00 46 00