The Great Restaurants Right Now on the Côte d'Azur
Eccentric and refined, the Côte d'Azur
chefs are unveiling their new restaurants so you can treat yourself to a great
L’Arazur in Antibes: a talent to discover
The promising young chef Lucas Marini has just opened his first restaurant after having learned the ropes under the big names of French gastronomy, including Yannick Alléno at Le Meurice in Paris and Mauro Colagreco at Le Mirazur in Menton. With his partner Jeanne, in his stone-walled atmospheric restaurant, he offers a creative, semi-gourmet cuisine, giving pride of place to seasonal vegetables, Mediterranean fish and the greatest cuts of meat prepared by the book.
8, rue des Palmiers, Antibes. Tel.: 04 93 34 75 60
La Langouste in Nice: city chic
Enjoying a pleasant 170m2 shaded garden – exceptional in the heart of Nice – this new restaurant has gone for a sophisticated décor. There is an intentionally cosy atmosphere to discover the traditional cuisine of the chef, Patrice Lafon. At midday and in the evening he offers a Mediterranean menu consisting of a collection of dishes, giving pride of place to regional and seasonal produce. Obviously, the Royal shiny lobster appears on the menu. (€175 / 2 people).
7, avenue Georges Clémenceau, Nice. Tel.: 04 93 88 79 23
Moshi Moshi, the new chic sushi bar
Just unveiled in the Fontvieille district in Monaco, Moshi Moshi is a designer sushi bar. The Japanese chef, Toshimi Takiya, has created dishes combining Japan and the Mediterranean, including the great classics of Japanese cooking, as well as sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, veggie boxes, etc.
32, quai Jean-Charles Rey, Monaco. Tel.: 00 377 93 25 43 43
La Flibuste, the riches of the sea
Standing tall opposite the Port of Marina Baie des Anges, La Flibuste is an excellent restaurant, the name of which is uttered among the circle of aesthete foodies as a well-kept secret. Having just earned their third fork in the Michelin guide, this gourmet restaurant, which has been beautifully redesigned, offers, in an elegant setting, the essence of seafood gastronomy enhancing the produce from the catch of the day: sea bass, John Dory, sea bream, turbot, etc. Always prepared and served by the book.
Port Marina Baie des Anges, Villeneuve-Loubet. Tel.: 04 93 20 59 02
La Vague d’Or: Saint Tropez excellence
Awarded with three Michelin stars, five Chef's hats and a score of 19/20 in Gault et Millau, La Vague d’Or, the restaurant of the La Résidence de la Pinède hotel in Saint-Tropez, invites you for a fabulous gustatory stopover between land and sea. The creative mastery of the chef, Arnaud Donckele, and the pastry chef, Guillaume Godin, combines high-end cuisine, spectacular presentation and wines from France and abroad. The bonus? A splendid sea view.
Résidence de la Pinède. Plage de la Bouillabaisse, Saint-Tropez. Tel.: 04 94 55 91 00
La Californie in Cannes: the brasserie spirit
Thierry Bourdoncle, owner of the famous Sénéquier café in Saint-Tropez has just opened a large brasserie in the heart of Cannes. From breakfast to dinner, La Californie treats its guests to homemade creations including delicious salads, fish a la plancha, organic dishes, etc. The chic and contemporary décor was entrusted to Laura Gonzalez, who has transformed some legendary Paris night life venues.
1, Square Mérimée, Cannes. Tel.: 04 93 39 20 10