The ritual surrounding Marseille's authentic bouillabaisse (fish stew) already starts to tempt the stomach. First they bring you the slices of bread to annoint with aioli (a garlicky Provençal dressing similar to mayonnaise), which you then submerge in the plateful of fish. And voilà! A quintessential local experience in its purest form in one of the best places to experience it. Here at the Restaurant Miramar on Quai du Port, you should request a table on the terrace with views over the harbour (reservations are always advisable). Be advised that the quality of its ingredients and the complexity of its recipes doesn't come cheap; the average menu will run you around 60 euros per person, add wine to that and you could be seeing stars. But if you're up for a splurge, or your wallet is nice and deep, the word is there's no better bouillabaisse in Marseille.
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