Took advantage of the $50 promotional certificate at Marche last night. For a Wednesday night at 6:30, it was pretty crowded.
My friend and I were seated promptly. But the choice of tables was "interesting". We were seated next to another table of 2, but they were higher up. Made it feel like a lopsided table for four. We could hear everything the two older gentlemen said, including the fact that they were rich, and liked strip bars
Anyways, on to the food. We started with 2 appetizers: Pate and Steak Tartare. The Pate of the day was a Pork Pate wrapped in bacon, and the standard Chicken Liver Mousse. The pork pate was good, but the Chicken Liver Mousse was great. I wiped it clean to savor every last bite. The plate came with caramelized onions, tiny pickles, two kinds of mustards. Steak Tartare was nothing spectacular, and I much prefer the Korean version at San Soo Gap San. But I must say the portions were huge.
Entrees were the whitefish special for her and the steak frites for me. The whitefish came covered in a cheese sauce that was a little too rich for me, and mash potatoes on the bottom. She finished 3/4 of the dish. My steak frites was pretty good. I agree with Dickson on the size, but my steak was done the way I like it. I ordered it medium rare, and it came medium. I had to push most of the butter away, but it tasted good with the steak. The frites were addictive and I had to have it removed before I ate the entire thing.
Dessert was a banana creme brulee for me, a traditional one for her and we shared the trio of sorbets. Banana creme brulee was amazing The only thing different between our creme brulees was the bananas on top of mine. The creme part tasted the same. The sorbets were a red one (strawberry? Raspberry?), a light one (lemon?) and a chocolate one. Chocolate was the best. But when we ate all three together, it was actually surprising good.
All that food, with 2 coffees, and 2 drinks brought the bill to $60 before tip, after promotional certificate. Not that bad. And I prefer this over Saiko. I am happy to see that the food has gotten better, since my last few experiences were disappointing.