Sunny backflash on the frozen Alster: Aioli at La Marie Belle at the port of Nice
Today we walked two and a half hours over the frozen Alster. With sledge, child, cone and the Tiedemanns. Together with probably 127,000 other people - carefully estimated. It was cold, adventurous, very smooth and exciting. All the while there was the thunder of the ambulance sirens flitting around the lake to treat people who had hit their foot or knee on the smooth ice. And once even an ADAC helicopter landed with a doctor in the middle of the ice. Although I have twice crossed the Alster in recent years, the whole thing is always an unreal scenario. Every week you drive up or down the Alster, around it, crosses the bridge between the outer and Inner Alster with the S-Bahn or runs along the Jungfernstieg. And then you suddenly stand in the middle of it, on the water. That's what the brain has to deal with first.
While we were stalking the wind with down jackets, caps, ear warmers and ski socks, my confused head suddenly spit out a very different picture, the counter-design * plopp *:
A little backflash into our Summer vacation on the Cote d'Azur : Nice, blue sky, late summer, open shoes, chilled rosé, a gentle breeze , blue, gurgling water in the harbor, white yachts, ... and a fantastic aioli at La Marie Belle . Hach! This aioli ...
In France, aioli means so much more than just a sauce of "garlic and oil" for dipping. I had to learn that first: "How, they serve garlic sauce for 16 euros?" No, Aioli refers to a whole dish that originates from Provence: stewed carrots, green beans and a potato with a piece of fish fillet and the garlic sauce and a pinch of coarse sea salt. Often also includes a hard-boiled egg. Very puristic - here the individual components must convince by taste and quality, there is no hiding.
Originally a poor people's meal with watered codfish, Aioli is today a delicious specialty with fresh fish from the Region. I ate it several times during our vacation, but it was never as good as at La Marie Belle at the port.
The fact that we landed at Marie was actually a great, happy coincidence. On our last day we had 2 hours until we wanted to get on the bus to the airport. Perfect for a last open-air lunch and a bottle of rosé (the latter makes me relax by a few decisive degrees * cough * when flying). With our suitcases we rolled to the harbor and looked around without the help of our guide for a restaurant. You could choose from a sushi shop, a full pizzeria, a modern bistro with pretty upbeat Australian tourists. And in the middle of it - a bit inconspicuous and without guests - La Marie Belle
After some back and forth, we then dared to look for a place there. The deciding factor was somehow the day ticket, I had already lost my heart to Aioli before. In short, that was the best decision we could have made. The greeting from the kitchen was delicious, the rosé of good quality, the food was excellent and the service discreet and very caring.They were so delicious:
By the way, that's Madame Marie herself. She cooks, serves, looks after her guests very attentively and also enjoys a charming chat for dessert. Thanks for one of the best food we had in Nice! We'll be back ... (hopefully soon * bibber *).
Restaurant La Marie Belle
3 Quai des Deux Emmanuel
06000 - Nice/France
Tel. : +33 (0) 4 93 89 46 54
Fax: +33 (0) 4 93 89 46 54