Marche: Tasting Menu
When a friend asked me a couple of weeks ago if I wanted to check out Marche and I said yes. Not because I had read the Jonathan Gold article or even heard much hype. Because well, although I’ve heard the name, I’ve not heard the reason why people were going.
Duh. I figured it out last night. The food IS GOOD. Once I tasted this amuse bouche, just half of a duck wing, I was in the foodie nirvana.
I don’t know if my soup was vegetarian but it started with a veggie stock. The chef, Gary Menes, it seems worked at the French Laundry honing his soup skills explained the server. In any case, I liked the little bits of garlic bread in it.
Then we had wonderful succulent, perfectly grilled shrimp that came on a bed of grains and peas.
Next came the mains. We had steak and really fresh peas on a swirl of pureed parsnips. I loved everything on my plate. I was really into the fresh peas. But then I’d have a bite of the parsnips and fall in love. But the main attraction was the steak which was cooked JUST HOW I WANTED IT. Oh man, how often do I ask for medium rare and actually get medium rare? Hardly ever. I was so happy.
After that, I was so full but time for dessert! We had a huge selection to choose from. I went with the chocolate pudding cake with salted caramel center served a la mode. Mm, yum.
I loved everything about my precisely-cooked, well-prepared meal. Now there’s definitely more reasons to go to the Valley.
Next time, I’m getting some Pig Candy!
13355 Ventura Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423