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2012: International Wine Challenge – Personality of the Year Award

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Le Relais 50 – excellent first dinner in Marseille

Last night on a recommendation from friends we ate at the Relais 50 in Marseille's Vieux Port. Don't be put of by the short menu as the food is excellent and the service is very friendly but at the same time professional. Fortunately I had booked several days beforehand as the restaurant is quite small and popular, so is often full. 

Noël Baudrand is the chef. He is from Marseille and is certainly creative.

Very definitely recommended.

Fish paste with little toasts as mise en bouche

2014 Château Roubine Cru Classé, Côtes de Provence 
(grapes may be Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and Syrah)

Even though there was a white Sancerre from Vincent Delaporte on the wine list we decided to drink local and chose this soft 2014 Côtes de Provence red from Château Roubine. 

Amuse bouche – crème de riz au citron 
delicious unusual flavours

First courses: 
Encornet: comme un maki aux oeufs de poisson volant potimarron 
et tuile croustillante

Truffe noir: en tatin de céleri rave et salade de mâche 

Main course:
The day's special: a medallion of lotte
Chocolate 72%: en souffle glacé aux cacahuètes caramélisées
Litchi: en tube croustillant de noix de coco. Perle du Japon.
Un peu de gingembre.
(a new and stunning dessert on the carte)

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