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Jun 13, 2011 01:25 AM

Bouillabaisse recommendations in Marseille

I'm going to Marseille for 3 days and would like to eat bouillabaisse. What are the must-try places there?

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  1. We went to Chez Michel last summer & my husband loved the bouillabaisse - super fresh fish with no bones. He claimed it was much better than Chez Fonfon's version, which is considerably less expensive (I think around 45€, instead of Michel's 63€) and not sufficiently fileted - but I prefer Fonfon's position in the Vallon des Auffes & its lovely view of the sunset over the Château d'If. (I always order soupe de poissons and definitely prefer Fonfon's rouille to that of Michel's.) Try to get a window table if you choose Fonfon.

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      1. re: boredough

        Thanks for the recommendation. I went to Fonfon and enjoyed it immensely. I also walked to Michel, but they were booked and couldn't take me. Next time.

      2. Even if over-rated as a dish, bouillabaisse cannot be better done than at Chez Michel, though, indeed, the view from the Plage des Catalans across the road is not that of the Vallon des Auffes; plus the décor chez Michel is very old-fashioned. The soup part of the experience is to that of most bouillabaisses what a Margaux is to a litte cru bourgeois. The people at Fonfon are great in everything they do, but there is a reason Michel had a Michelin star as recently as a year or so ago and flirts with one every year.
        If it's purely for the food, Michel. If it's for the total experience, perhaps Fonfon.

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        1. re: johnmarseille

          For what it's worth, we went to both Chez Michel & Chez Fonfon this past summer, & my husband finally conceded that Fonfon was as good - & as fileted - as Chez Michel , having dined at the 2 places in such a short period of time (enabling him to make the comparison). I still maintain the rouille is better at Fonfon, & the setting can't be beat. OTOH Chez Michel lost its Michelin star... Maybe something there has changed.