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MARCHE MODERNE RESTRAUNT

HAVE YOU BEEN THERE ? IN SOUTH COAST PLAZA. GREAT FRENCH FOOD AND THE SERVICE IS GOOD. MARCHE ALWAYS HAS SOMETHING NEW ON THE MENU TO TRY. I LIVE IN LOS ANGELES AND I GLADLY DRIVE ONE HR AND 1/2 TO EAT THERE. THE NEXT 2 STAR I HOPE.

STEVE

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  1. MM is certainly the best French restaurant in Orange County, and one of the best in southern CA. We eat there regularly, and pretty much always have great food and service. For a special occasion, their regular tasting menu is excellent, but if you really want to see what they can do, arrange a special tasting menu in advance. They will absolutely knock your socks off!

    1. it's hard to read text in all caps....

      1. I really like it a lot too, best in OC, But your all caps is hard to read. And given that Michelin isn't doing the LA area anymore, two stars isn't going to happen.

        1. I also generally used to like MM very much, but I have to say that the past three times I've been there that I've not actually seen the chef-owner working the line (he may have been present in the restaurant but not visible in the kitchen), the food has reflected his absence.

          The very last time I was there a couple of months ago on a Saturday lunch, our table of 6 unanimously agreed that just about everything we ordered was oversalted (and we ordered a fairly broad range of dishes). Our orders of frites were so salty as to be nearly inedible. Service was also a bit clumsy, and the music was unpleasantly loud.

          I've taken to advising my friends who ask me about Marche to ensure at the least that Florent Marneau is working when they plan to dine there.

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          1. re: inaplasticcup

            I've never been to MM for lunch, but we have had dinner there about once/month ever since they opened several years ago We've had probably 30-40 dinners there! Florent and AmelIa have been there every night we've gone except for the few weeks a year when they are on vacation generally in August. Honestly, at least at dinner time, things do not seem all that different when the chef is away. I suspect he also takes off on Sunday and/or Monday...we never go then. With these few exceptions Chefs Florent and Amelia are alway in house. Nevertheless, Florent is such a perfectionist that the "sous" he leaves in charge when he's away, do things pretty much exactly as he would when he's there.

            1. re: josephnl

              I agree with your statement below that it would be difficult to find better French in OC with the current offerings. Perhaps I've just had bad luck with my past few visits, but I would maintain that from my experience, the sous might have a little ways to go yet. :)

              But they are a really lovely couple who create delicious food and have designed a casually elegant environment in which to enjoy it. Perfect for the locale. And Amelia's pastries are scrumptious.

              Now if they would only re-do their website... ;)

              1. re: inaplasticcup

                What's so bad about their website? Sure, I'm not crazy about the music (I mute it instantly), and would like to see them update their menus more often, but I think it's pretty much ok and standard for restaurants of it's ilk.

                1. re: josephnl

                  The main problem I have with the website is that it's not updated much at all. It would be ideal for it to be updated to reflect the actual menu being served that night. But it's probably updated 2-4 times a year so you go in hoping for porcini or skatewing roasted on the bone and realize there is nothing close to it. Those are the nights I feel a bit let down. The food is still good but not exciting since I've had the other dishes multiple times already.

          2. I go to Marche a lot. Love their corkage policy. They are a modern bistro. Some nights they may get 1 star (especially nights with langoustines and truffles). Some nights, none.

            2 stars is downright unreasonable considering Urasawa and Providence got 2 stars in the 2010 guide.

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            1. re: Porthos

              Agree...but it's pretty much always pretty good. There's no French restaurant in OC (that I'm aware of) that's in the same league. I'd give it one star.

              1. re: josephnl

                I agree. It's always really good and I am always happy after my meal.