Review of L’Esquinade Restaurant in Marseille

On our first evening in Marseille, we were starting to feel hungry after a walk around Vieux Port. In order to escape the traffic on the southern side of the port, we walked up a block. We spotted the L’Esquinade restaurant in the pretty Place Thiers. We were attracted by the 15 Euro three course menu which also included a glass of wine per person.

It was getting a bit cool to sit outside, so we decided to eat indoors.

l'esquinade restaurant marseille interiror

Our son Gary started off with Fruits de Mer, a selection of seafood.

l'esquinade restaurant fruits de mer starter

I had the Mussels starter.

l'esquinade restaurant mussels

Gary had Bouillabaisse, a traditional Provencal fish stew which originated in Marseille, for his main course. The Bouillabaisse  was served with toasted bread, garlic on which to rub the toasted bread and rouille (a mayonnaise made with olive oil, saffron, garlic and cayenne pepper).

L'Esquinade restaurant marseille bouillabaisse

My main course of tuna was delicious.

l'esquinade restaurant tuna steak

I was glad that I asked what Opera was, as it turned out to be a yummy chocolate and coffee gateau.

l'esquinade restaurant opera gateau

Gary had a surprise when he ate his profiterole, as it was filled with ice cream.

l'esquinade restaurant ice cream filled profiterole

All in all, paying 15 Euro each for a meal of this quality was an absolute bargain, especially with the excellent service and ambience.