Marché Moderne: A User's Guide
Modern French Bistro | Local Ingredients | Seasonal Menus | Cosmopolitan Vibe | Covered Patio
First course: bone marrow with bordelaise sauce, truffle-butter-grilled asparagus, and toast
Second course: Shelton Farms chicken coq au vin with angel hair pasta
Dessert: beignet with butterscotch pot de crème
While You're Waiting
If you’re close enough to the open kitchen, ask the chef-owners, Florent and Amelia Marneau, for some relationship advice. The couple probably has some tips to share, having successfully worked together in the same kitchen since 2007.
Admire the elegant interior design, which evokes the cosmopolitan feel of some of the owners' favorite french bistros around the world. The dining room transfixes the eye with its ancient stone accents, dark hardwoods, french doors, and italian patterned-silk banquettes.
Scratching your head over what to order? Get the Spontanée prix fixe. You'll be rewarded with three reasonably priced and hyper-seasonal courses handpicked by the chefs.
Reservations are recommended.
À la minute: this phrase directly translates to "to the minute." In cooking, it's used to describe food that's prepared to order.
Marché: a market. The restaurant's name—Marché Moderne, or "modern market"—is a nod to its chefs' emphasis on local and seasonal ingredients.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Covet luxury apparel from renowned designers such as Hermès and Valentino at the South Coast Plaza shopping center (3333 Bristol Street).
After: Sip a craft cocktail with local trendsetters at Mesa (725 Baker Street).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This Pinot Provence (686 Anton Boulevard), another upscale spot specializing in seasonal French cuisine.