Aux Bons Enfants

Price guide: Mid-range

80 Rue Meynardier, Cannes, 06400

Price guide: Mid-range

Aux Bons Enfants © Kristen Taylor

By Anthony Peregrine, your Cannes expert

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#8 of 22
expert-rated restaurants in Cannes
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Foodies, Seasoned travellers, Singles, Relaxation

Best for Value for money - Expert review of Aux Bons Enfants

No credit cards or cheques: it’s cash only for warm home cooking direct from the market.

Something of a surprise in Cannes, this place. If the town has a tendency to glamour, glitter and to be seduced by whatever’s new and shiny, Aux Bons Enfants is where it recovers its roots. Its culinary roots, anyway.

It’s another tiny bistro (see La Table du Chef in this section) where for three generations the Giorsetti family has been serving up Mediterranean and southern staples with a minimum of fanfare and expense. If you can get a table, it’s startling value for money.

Locals on the way to the nearby Forville market nip in to reserve their places for lunch. (No credit cards, no cheques - and no phone, either: booking has to be done in person.) It’s also a favourite with other restaurateurs, who evidently like relaxing back to basics.

Con gusto

The surroundings are simple and jammed – the ice-cream fridge is right in the dining room. Décor is minimal (rather than minimalist) but the table-cloths are sharp and clean and the welcome warm-hearted. The perfect setting, then, for dishes like brandade of cod, rabbit with rosemary or a daube of beef in wine sauce. These are the foodstuffs on which Provençal people grew up, and to which they return with gusto when they tire of the foams, fusions and fripperies of faddier restaurants.

It would be a jolly good idea to join them.
 

Food and drink: 

The menu largely depends on M. Giorsetti’s market shopping – though is always inspired by what the French called, untranslateably, ‘terroir’. Very roughly, it refers to the region, its land (and sea) and traditions. So look out for bouillabaisse, the world’s most full-frontal fish dish, calf liver or a splendid aioli of warm cod with a full floor-show of vegetables and salads - and garlic mayonnaise.

Ambience: 

Intense, informal and jolly.

Service: 

Agreeable and sympathique.

Location: 

On the commercial Rue Meynardier, near both the market and the old town.

Price advice: 

Menu price is 19.20 euros. Believe me - in Cannes, that's 'budget'.

More information on Aux Bons Enfants:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
French, Mediterranean, Seafood
Address:
80 Rue Meynardier, Cannes, 06400
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 12-2pm, Mon-Fri 7pm-9.30pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Essential at peak times
Free tags / Keywords:
Cheap eats

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