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“Excellent”
Review of O'Bidul

O'Bidul
Ranked #3 of 2,323 Restaurants in Marseille
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$16 - US$31
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 27 July 2014

A tiny place managed by the chef/owner Fabrice. It is a one man show. Reservations are recommended if you can get through. However if Farbice is busy (most of the time) he does not pick up the phone.We tried our luck and found seats. The place is tiny with a total of 16 setas. The menu has 2 starters, 2 entrees and two desserts. The good part is that the menu changes every 3 days on average. Fabrice uses fresh seasonal produces avaialble . Everything he had was flavourful, fresh and well cooked. The dessert, a chocolate mousse with zest of combava, a lemon from the reunion island , was exquisite. We talked with the chef/owner Fabrice who said his passion was to cook and not run a business. He prefers to stay small so he can make good food for people at a reasonnable price. He does not want to own a restaurant were the majority of people can't afford to dine. Highly recommend for the food, and the chef's attitude.

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10  Thank Kamal c
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Reviewed 9 July 2014

How else can you describe someone who runs a restaurant this good single-handed? Small - only 16 seats if I counted correctly. Very small menu - at lunchtime two starters, three main courses and two desserts. But all of it perfect. Not only does the owner cook, serve at table, answer the phone, deal with takeaways, but he also manages to take the time to talk to customers, explain the menu and generally give the impression that he is under no pressure at all. As a lesson in time management and organisation it is a masterclass! Not in the most touristy part of Marseille but not difficult to find if you know where you are going. Not expensive. Just in case it sounds as if I was more impressed with the organisation than the food, can I say that the salmon I had was probably the best cooked salmon I have ever tasted. The polenta was great. The tomato salad starter was amazing. Perfect.

7  Thank JMMScotland
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Reviewed 3 July 2014

Small place (book ahead), daily menu (2 starters, 2 mains, 2 deserts), nice wine list at reasonable prices, with a chef / owner / maitre de / one man show extraordinarre who really cares about the food and service. Like having dinner in private dining room of a really good home chef. A wonderful experience, our best meal in Marseille. Highly recommended.

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1  Thank MattN69
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

O'bidul is more a Table d'Hote than a restaurant, tucked away in a backstreet 5 min.utes walk from the old harbour in the centre of Marseille.

Only a few covers - so essential to book. (A lot of people were turned away whilst we ate).

This was one of the best value, most pleasant eating experiences we've had!

Just one delightful man runs the place on his own - and everything was seamless - even though the place was full.

The menu. is sensibly restricted but there is adequate choice. The food is freshly cooked with a lot of care and love and the portions well presented and generous. It's not Michelin star - but you'd be hard pushed to find better value.

If you're in Marseille do go - you will not be disappointed - we'll certainly eat here again!

The restaurant itself is simple and Sparten and spotlessly clean.

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4  Thank John W
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

A one man show, a small, clever French Menu, beautifully cooked, and excellent value.
The Owner and Chef, is welcoming, and the Wine Selection is very good.

Thank Bigbanker13
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