The first restaurant La Marée opened its doors at the corner of Petrovka and the Boulevard Ring in December 2004, by this time, for 15 years Medi Duss was the owner of the same named company LaMarée, which supplied fish and seafood to the capital from over the world. As a lover of good food and an expert in maritime treasures, he wished to open a unique place and offered his concept: a restaurant with a “shop window” of fresh seafood. For Moscow of ten years ago, it was a revolutionary idea.
Freshly caught fish was delivered daily to the restaurant from France, Italy, Norway, England, Tunisia, Morocco and other countries. On ice shelves and aquariums in LaMarée you could see rare inhabitants of the deep sea - Australian barramundi, monkfish, turbot, St. Pierre fish, rocky red mullet, lampuka, grouper, sea urchins, Abalon shells, prairies, sea dates and Couteau, also squid, octopus, crabs, lobsters and even sea cucumber. Many residents of the capital were able to appreciate the taste of the seafood of the exceptional freshness for the first time. However, the study of marine treasures was no less fascinating than the study of new flavors and the research of gastronomic combinations. In addition, fifteen kinds of oysters could not leave indifferent even those who already associate themselves with gourmets.
Ever since the opening of the restaurant in Petrovka, the kitchen wasn’t going to be intricate: there is no need of incredible recipes to emphasize the quality and taste of fresh fish. The idea is to make Fritomisto exactly the same as in one of the small coastal restaurants of Marseille where it is cooked from the morning caught fish and seafood, and to make bacalao cod fish to have a scent of pungent salty wind of the Bay of Biscay. And to this day, the head of the team of chefs is a brand-chef of the chain of restaurants La Marée , Abdessattar Zitouni. His forty years of experience in the best restaurants of the world confirms that “All ingenious is simple”.
A unique concept, supported by the European level of service and excellent wine list, in a record time gained public's attention - three months after the opening of the restaurant it was impossible to book a table for the evening. The news of the “real fish restaurant” spread quickly throughout Moscow. Guests, who visited for lunch and dinner, were first of all surprised by the relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere in the heart of the city that never sleeps. The mosaic panels created under sketches of the Tunisian museum “Bardo”, the old ship boards with drawings of strange fish, ropes and steering wheels, neatly inscribed in the design of the room, Mediterranean mussels as numbers for the locker room and relaxing music - everything indicated that the guest got into the unknown world. La Marée in Petrovka began to collect city’s elite very quickly by attracting people who were looking for new discoveries. Year by year, colleagues and partners were brought here to be surprises, and good friends and relatives to have a real holiday.
In 2007, La Marée in Petrovka was the first to join the oldest authoritative French “Chaine des Rotisseurs”, uniting the best restaurants in 200 countries. Since 2006, its wine list for eight consecutive years, received the prestigious award of the authoritative US magazine Wine Spectator for its high level of service and the perfect matching of the wine collection to the restaurant’s concept.
With such a successful experience, in the summer of 2010, one after another were opened three restaurants: in the Malaya Gruzinskaja street, in the village of Zhukovka on Rublevo-Uspensky highway and in the city of St. Petersburg. Following them, in April 2013 LaMarée opened its doors in the Principality of Monaco and one year later, in April 2014, the sixth restaurant LaMarée was opened in Moscow in Protochnyj pereulok, near Smolenskaya Square.
Today, seafood to La Marée is supplied from more than 20 countries. And now, with the emergence of the new suppliers, guests will appreciate the restaurant’s exotic seafood from North Africa, Southeast Asia and South America. Canadian lobsters are replaced by Mediterranean from Tunisia, red varieties of fish are now imported from Latin America, and gourmet cheeses - from Serbia, New Zealand and Tunisia. Live crabs are delivered from Murmansk and Far East, oysters and scallops - from the Kurils and Sakhalin.