We dined at a real favorite. Of course I'm biased: the owner-chef is my Dutch son, who can do no wrong in my book, certainly not in the kitchen. Here's what we had:
Geroosterde tonijn met spinachie, citroen wortel en venkelMarius is a small restaurant, seating maybe thirty; the menu is small, the wine list extensive and well considered. The food is delicious. Did I mention the chef did two year-long stints at Chez Panisse, in Berkeley?
Sautéed tuna with spinach, lemon, carrot, and fennel
Gebraden Barbarie eend
Sautéed Barbary duck
Gepocheerde kweepeer met vanilleijs en pistasche
Poached quince with vanilla ice cream and pistachios
The tuna was cooked perfectly and was firm, fresh, and meaty. The duck was also cooked exactly au point and came with delicious cabbage. I don't know when I've had better ice cream, and the quince could have been poached by my own dining companion, so professional, flavorful, and perfectly textured it was.
It is one of the Five Restaurants.
Greco di Tufo, Calafé, 2009;
Cotes de Duras, Domaine Mouthes le Bihan "La Pie Colette," 2012: rich, solid, good finish
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