About Restaurant Marius
Situated on a quiet street near the Houthavens, Restaurant Marius is actually two establishments in one: the restaurant forms half the building, and right next to it (linked by a common kitchen) is Worst Wijncafe, a more informal wine bar and cafe.
Perhaps because it’s a few minutes cycle out of the centre, Marius remains a bit of an insider tip. The cooking here takes local, seasonal produce and elevates it to something seriously tasty and fine. If you eat in Worst, homemade sausages (some made with fish or lobster!) are the staple.
Service can really go the extra mile here. I’ll never forget my first visit some years ago: The wine list claimed a 2012 Timorasso from Walter Massa, but only the 2013 could be located. Apologies were given, and the bottle sat open and ready on our table. Some minutes later, as I picked it up to pour the first glass, an unseen hand swiftly reached over and prevented me from pouring. It was none other than chef/owner Kees, who had continued to search for the last bottle of 2012 – successfully locating it at the 11th hour.
- Worth the trip
Restaurant Marius Wine List
This is one of those lists that is clearly put together by a wine lover. It focuses on the mid-range sweet-spot where pleasurable drinking is assured, but prices are not overheated by fashion or brand.
France and Italy is the main focus, with a few selections from other European outposts. Treats include Beaujolais from Foillard and Lapierre, Jamet’s Côte-Rôtie, Languedoc goodness from Clos Fantine, Domaine Trevallon and deliciousness from Foradori, I Clivi and Le Due Terre. A dozen or so by-the-glass options are well-chosen, varied and tasty.
Corkage €25 per bottle.