Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Marche Artisan Foods


Marche is a European style cafe in East Nashville whose decor and layout can seemingly transport even those who hate to travel to a intimate cafe in Paris. As we walked in, we were both overcome with excitement at the sight of the decor and layout and having originally met in Europe, we both knew immediately this was going to be a beautiful night that would bring back amazing memories.

  We were sat at a bistro style table next to large open windows that allowed the 6 pm sunlight to illuminate the cafe beautifully. I was torn between the Prosecco Punch ($6) and the Sangria ($5) but upon a recommendation from our waitress, I went with the house made Sangria. Other than my homemade Sangria recipe, which I got from my dear friend Margaret (Details by Margaret), this was the best Sangria I have ever had due to the perfect mix of fruit flavor to offset the bitterness of the red wine. Cole tried the Highland Ale Beer ($3.50 Bottle) which he described as a very mellow pale ale with a refreshing crisp and bitter finish.

  We started off with the Herb Olive Oil ($2) that went perfect with the basket of fresh bread that they would occasionally bring around throughout the meal. Cole ordered the Pan Seared Duck Breast with Polenta, Pickled Rhubarb and Arugula ($16) but had to send it back, not my error of Marche, but due to his preference for well done poultry and failure to specify while ordering. He wasn't the biggest fan of the duck but loved the Polenta that came along with it.  I, though trying to eat light, ordered the House made Goat Cheese and Mascarpone Tortellini with Artichokes, Asparagus, and Sweet Peas all in a Pesto Broth ($13). I really enjoyed the balance of flavor with the goat cheese and sauce but would recommend sharing this as it was very rich and heavy.

  The desserts were out on display and looked amazing, specifically the strawberry Boston Crème Pie which was calling my name, but we were nearing the top of our budget and were stuffed from the meal. We decided we would come back another time either for their infamous brunch or for just a few drinks and dessert.

 This is definitely going to become one of "our local spots" and while we may order differently next time, there will definitely be a next time!

Ratings for Marche: (Scale 1-10)
Happy Hour - 6 (No Happy Hour but good drink specials)
Taste - 7
Ambiance - 9.5
Overall - 7.5


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