Eat and Drink in French Riviera
Symbolic of French seafood is bouillabaisse, the fish soup spawned in Marseille and a staple all along the coast. It is made with a wide mix of ingredients, principally red mullet, snapper, monkfish, conger eel and scorpion fish, with fresh tomatoes, saffron and olive oil thrown in. It is cooked as a stew, the broth is served first as a soup, and the fish itself is eaten later.
For light lunch fare you can't beat a tasty salade Niçoise with seared tuna, fresh greens, capers, black olives, beans, hard-boiled egg, quartered tomatoes, boiled potatoes and anchovies. If you are craving shellfish, order fruits de mer, a wonderful combo dish comprised of mussels, scallops, the local crawfish known as langouste, and giant prawns. A great fish delicacy is loup grillé au fenouil, a complete sea bass flambéed with pastis then grilled over burning fennel twigs.
The town of Mougins is renowned for its cuisine. At the top of the list of restaurants here is Le Moulin de Mougins, created by celebrity chef Roger Vergé and eminently popular among the Cannes Film Festival cognoscenti.
Juan-les-Pins is a place unabashedly devoted to nightlife, and if you're at your best when the sun goes down you can't go wrong here. The best restaurant in town is La Terrasse, offering a combination of excellent wines and a menu second to none including cannelloni with clams, and langouste rôtie with risotto and pointes d'asperge.
Just down the road in Cap d'Antibes some of the most tastefully-prepared seafood and bouillabaisse in the region is found at De Bacon. Nouvelle cuisine at comparable prices is available nearby at La Bonne Auberge. Nice is a world unto itself in many ways, especially when it comes to dining out.
Café de la Fontaine is a cheery bistro headed by Bruno Cirino, whose gastronomic haunt Hostellerie Jérôme is just across the road. The concept here is simple Provençal food using the freshest ingredients from Liguria, and a wine list from little-known (and terrific) local vineyards. Starters include plump, steamed artichokes topped with ricotta, and sardines stuffed with market vegetables, followed by regional classics such as broccoli ravioli and roast duck with olives.
Awarded three Michelin stars, five toques and a score of 19.5/20 by Gault & Millau, La Vague d’Or invites guests on a journey between land and sea. In the dining room, Thierry Di Tullio and his team immerse diners in a true journey of all senses. Throughout the season, guests may dine in the elegant restaurant or on the umbrella-lined terrace for a dinner with unparalleled views of the sea.
Pastry Plaisirs is close to the National Theater and to the Modern Art Museum at Nice. We change the menu every months and we work with seasonal and fresh foods. For the lunch, from monday to friday, we offer the dish of the day for 12€ and the set menu for 17€ included the dish of the day, a glass of wine or coffee and a dessert of your choice. The menu changing every months proposes 3 starters, 4 main courses and 1 dessert of the month and some desserts from the cake fridge, homemade ice cream or cheese plate.