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“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
Are you happy?… go on ask yourself, I know this is rather a heavy subject for a food blog but humour me.
What is happiness, are you waiting for that big ticket item to make you happy? maybe if you win the lottery that will make you happy, or getting the Rolex Daytona you have been on the waiting list make you happy.
Or does the sum of the wee pleasures make you happy, like a double espresso at Cartel on a Sunday morning or having a Monte Cristo in the morning room with your son and brother?
I personally find joy in the wee things.
We flew into Nice and picked up our hire car, a brand new Peugeot car and we planned to drive to Marseille and then Barcelona. The next morning fortified with real french Croissants and not-so-great French coffee we set off along the coast road for Marseille, It was a glorious fall morning and the Mediterranean Sea shimmered like Jennifer Lopez Met Gala Gown.
It was a lovely drive until outside the town of Cassis the car just stopped working, literally one minute it was working fine and the next the engine stopped.
We called the hire car company and they eventually send an ancient recovery jalopy, I kid you not it was like a real-life Mater from Pixars Cars, Mater then took us into the Cassis and dropped us off at the Peugeot dealership and then chugged off into the distance. The Dealership principal was a dapper gentleman who greeted us like long-lost cousins and fussed over the kids and invited us to lunch while the car was getting repaired.
We expected lunch to be a simple affair of sandwiches and Oringina but on the contrary, he took us in his Mercedes SUV to a charming French bistro overlooking the Post of Cassis, The port was a mixture of French yachts and fishing boats, it was such a beautiful setting, to the left on top of the hill looking down on Cassis in a typical French Haughtiness was the Medieval Cassis castle.
We had the most amazing French provincial cooking, simple yet absolutely delicious, omelettes, soufflés, soups, pâtés, cassoulets and salads.
Sitting in that South of France Bistro with the sun on our backs with my family and listening to the Frenchman’s animated stories, eating delicious food…I was happy.
Mumsy Foodwala, Mokee Foodwala and I love fish so we decided the tryout Cafe Fish which just opened up in our ‘hood.
It styles as a simple Provincial style seafood bistro, and the interior is faux rustic weatherbeaten French chic.
First up was the sourdough bread with butter and a tiny bit of caviar. Simple yet delicious, the bread had the perfect balance of yeasty sourness and softness, a great start.
The Crab cakes although dainty in size were flavoursome with a nice fishy kick to them, i could not distinguish the crab element of them but certainly were flavour packed.
Monkfish Tail is a hard fish to master, cook it too little and its tastes like jelly, cook it too much and it becomes tough as drunken foreign legion recruit.
The monkfish was a little tough I won’t lie but still tasty, the rice cakes were moist and had absorbed the bisque to add a flavour element to them, and the seafood bisque was on point with its seafood sweetness.
Mumsy Foodwala’s fish and chips were golden battered flaky and crispy but the fish was a little on the wee side, the thrice-cooked chips were magnificent, crispy on the outside yet like mashed potato on the inside.
The Wild Scottish Salmon was basted in brown butter, the basting salmon gave the salmon a delicious buttery crust all the while the fish inside was soft and tender.
Cafe Fish is an honest effort at providing simple seafood cooking at an affordable price point, the food was simple yet delicious. The flair is in the way the ingredients were treated instead of the flashy way the chef could have cooked to show off his “talents”
The Service was friendly and to the point, unobtrusive yet close.
The Star of the Meal?
The Salmon was the star of the mean, just for the simplicity of its execution.
The miss of the Meal?
It would be unfair to name a miss but if pushed I would throw the fish and chips under the bus purely from the size of the fish rather than the lack of taste.
Cafe Fish was good but with some high-achieving peers like Gamba and Crabshak, although Gamba and Crabshak executed the ingredients better however Cafe Fish held its ground. It just did its thing in an honest and delicious manner
The Seafood is obviously halal, however, there is a Pork dish on the menu but was assured there was no cross-contamination.
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