Le Mercerie | Restaurant | Natural wine | Marseille

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Open: Lunch Wed - Sun, dinner Wed - Sat
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 91 06 18 44
Address: 9 Cours Saint-Louis
Marseille, 13001
Country: France

La Mercerie is an exciting bistro in central Marseille run by a very experienced team known for their delightful pop-ups in Arles and elsewhere. So we see talented chef Harry Cummins heading the kitchen and Laura Vidal and Julia Mitton keeping things smooth in the front of house. The food is fresh and vibrant, the wines are always interesting and the service is seamless. Whether you sit outside in the sunshine or inside you will find the atmosphere comforting. Marseille is becoming a must-visit location for food lovers.
On our recent visit we had a delightful chawanmushi of corn and basil topped with very fresh crab meat. The beautiful bowl that it was served in enhanced its appearance but it was the flavour combination and the textural contrasts that were very special indeed. We also enjoyed very much a bowl of tomato water with floating pieces of tomatillo, peppers and cucumber. It was perfect for a warm Provencal summer's day.
Main courses were succulent slices of roast pork served with corn and peppers and cavatelli with sage and potato. Both were excellent.
We were then delighted to be offered some of the mythical brousse de rove cheese for which there is only a handful of producers in southern Provence. It is a fresh goat cheese and one that we always look forward to eating when we are in this part of the world.
A wonderful dessert followed. It was an almond cake served with fresh nectarine and a nectarine sorbet. It looked good and it tasted fantastic.
We should also mention the wine list. It is a selection of beautiful natural wines from throughout France and Italy including wines from stellar Chablis producers De Moor and Pico, the emerging Domaine Geschickt from Alsace, Le Casot des Mailloles from Banyuls and the rose wines of Jean-Christophe Comor from just along the coast in Bandol to name but a few.
We are looking forward to our next visit.

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