France is known for its cuisine and most of the time when people travel they go to restaurants right? When I have the pleasure of being in France I do not go out to eat. Why? You ask. I am in France right?! This is mainly because my host is a retired chef. He has over 40 years of experience in the kitchen. When in France, I have the pleasure of being in a restaurant everyday!! Although there are days when we indulge in a pizza slice on road trips, which are mouth watering.
I had some business to take care of in Dijon. Yes where Dijon Mustard was born, unfortunately did not have time to take pics of the city as it was an early drive from the mountains to Dijon on a torrential rainy day. On our way back it was half eight in the evening, we were super hungry, tired and the places that my host new were all closed due to road construction. So we continued driving on and stumbled upon Ô Marché (which means to the market). The French like to play with words so it actually means Oh! The Market! It’s a restaurant that specializes in homemade cuisine.
Ô Marché has a homey feel to it.
It’s child friendly too, there are games and toys for children to entertain themselves while their parents or guardians are eating.
There are no menu’s, the menu is displayed cleverly on a blackboard.
According to our host Fanny, the menu changes every 3 weeks. The menu depends on what the chef can procure.
The menu that day was pescatarian, vegetarian and omnivore friendly. I had some panaché which is a mixture of beer and lemonade. We started with a salad then proceeded to the main course. The others had duck and I had lamb with mushroom sauce and garden potatoes. As I was famished, I didn’t take any pics. Sorry foodies!! No feasting with your eyes.
The food was excellent! The lamb melted in my mouth. The courgette/ zucchini and all the vegetables were from the garden.
The chef behind the ambrosial, appealing and delicious food is Chef Christophe. The restaurant was founded in January of this year (2014). Fanny, our hostess has a wine making background; the place has an excellent wine bar.
If you’re not a fan of alcohol they make good coffee too.
Fanny speaks English, so if you’re French is poor you can get by with Fanny’s help.
The service was excellent and friendly. It was so nice of Christophe and Fanny to stop what they were doing and allow me to take a photo of them.
It was the culinary highlight of the day. I would definitely recommend visiting this restaurant and I hope to visit it again very soon when I come to France next. You can find them on Facebook and tripadvisor
Merci beaucoup Christophe et Fanny pour les bons produits du terroir.