One thing you have to know when you come to France is that you cannot eat whenever you want! When I first arrived five years ago, I would sit down at a table around three and then hear kitchens closed! Sad, I’d then go by a ham and butter sandwich at a boulangerie. After a while you start to realize how French people maintain their slim silhouettes; strict eating schedules and no snacking! Even though I’m used to this now, sometimes I still don’t make the cut and end up running around trying to find a place that serves lunch after 2:30. L’effet clochette in Marsellle’s second district is one of these places.
Located on a sunny terrace a short walk from the Old Port, I was relieved to see a smiling waitress plateau in hand who told me to have a seat and brought me the chalk board with the day’s proposed menu.
The beauty of French culture I find lies in the rich heritage of each region. Marseille located on the sunny Mediterranean coast offers a mild climate, a distinguished hearty and animated accent and refined culinary traditions. One feasts on savory dishes flavored with garlic and provençal herbs, sure to satisfy the most finicky of epicures.
First things first, peruse the wine menu. In France you can order “au verre” – one glass, a bottle, a half bottle or a “pichet” – 25cl or 50cl. Since we were two we got a 50 cl pichet which is two glasses each.
The Effet Clochette speaks wonders as to how a typical restaurant in Marseille is run. All of the clients were seated on the terrace to enjoy the November sun which in Marseille shines brightly in the 70 degree weather. When we were ready to order, the restaurant owner of this mom and pop place came out with a jovial smile and infectious laugh, to urge us to try the Dorade, a prized fish in Mediterranean cuisine, which she had “got a deal on” in the market that morning; saying it would be a shame to miss out on a beautiful piece of fish like that. So we got one Dorade Royale and a Steak Tartare which she proudly affirmed had been prepared in the original fashion with capers and dressing (olive oil, tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce), and which came accompanied with homemade French fries.
And after coffee and chocolate and a gracious smile from the waitress, I was off; very please with my new discovery.
Address: 2 Rue Caisserie, 13002 Marseille
|Food:||(4.5 / 5)|
|Location:||(5 / 5)|
|Service:||(5 / 5)|
|Price:||(4 / 5)|