Ahhh the South of France….Sunshine: check. Beautiful people: check. Gourmandises: double check. Three nights and two days in Cannes managed to translate into seven very excellent meals, and who knows how many kilos, but leader of the pack (after our hosts’ amazing five-star barbeques of course) was lunch at La Bastide.
I have to say in recent years I’ve been somewhat unfaithful to classic French cooking – eschewing some of the heavy sauces and complicated (though gorgeous) presentations, and treating my wandering eye to less high maintenance Italian cuisine and younger Japanese delights. But one lunch at La Bastide will have you running back into the arms of a true original, begging for forgiveness.
At sixty euros a head, La Bastide’s four-course lunch in an absolutely charming setting with impeccable service is a steal, given the quality of the ingredients and preparation. On the must have list if you go is the Mitonee with lobster and shrimp, a melt in your mouth risotto, and the sea bass, done with a caviar sauce atop a bed of steamed cabbage. The cheese course is decided for you, and the choice of dessert spans the whole spectrum, though particularly notable are the strawberry souffle, baba au rhum, or peach millefeuille options. That being said, we were 8 people at the lunch, most of us ordering something different and the entire menu seemed to deliver without fail. Every dish comes out gorgeous, and I regret I wasn’t forward enough to do a bit more photo-documentary of the dishes.
If it’s nice out, the terrace is the place to be so be sure to book a table if you’re in the area. Have a light breakfast that day and make sure you have nowhere to be afterwards – you’ll want to savor these kinds of flavors for awhile…
PS – if you’re feeling particularly flush, you can actually stay in one of the suites on the property as it’s also recently gained it’s fifth star at Relais and Chateaux.
La Bastide Sainte Antoine de Jacques Chibois
48, avenue Henri-Dunant
Tel: +33 (0) 4 93 70 94 94