10 Rue Dr P. Gazagnaire, Cannes, 06400
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, First-time travellers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss
Best for Dining alone - Expert review of Bistrot Gourmand
I’m frequently asked which is my favourite restaurant in France. I never know what to answer, as I’ve got dozens.
However, what I do know is that, if I’m paying for myself (tragically, it happens all too often), then I head for somewhere like the Bistro Gourmand. It stands to reason. You may eat here six or seven times for the price of one meal in a three-star Michelin establishment.
The place will not require a PhD in taste appreciation. It will be good, simple and usually friendly. If it were otherwise, it wouldn’t still be open.
Brighter than most
Follow my lead and you’ll see what I mean. Hard by the Forville market, Guillaume Arragon’s bistro is a classic of the genre - though slightly brighter than most. The little dining room has light-coloured panelling, daubs of modern art and – an absolute must, this – menus on blackboards.
Space is straightforward, but tight. (This is not a spot in which to propose marriage, unless you want many other customers to share your joy – or humiliation.) Beyond the expected French windows, a little terrace has spilled out onto the street.
And, wherever you eat, you’ll be tasting Provençal classics given a modern twist, and lovely presentation, by chef Arragon. Dishes like cod in fig leaves or lamb chops in a mustard sauce with cumin-flavoured chick-pea fritters are what I meant by “slightly brighter than most”.
What you would expect in a Provençal bistro, but more thoughtful and prettier. Apart from the dishes mentioned above, John Dory in a dill sauce should probably hit the spot.
Bouncy, in a restrained sort of way. In other words, you’re not going to be overwhelmed by boisterous locals.
Pleasant and attentive.
On a commercial street, near Cannes’ main market.
At lunchtime, one course and coffee is 12.40 euros, two courses from 16.30 euros and three courses around 19 euros . The three-course dinner menu is 28.70 euros.
More information on Bistrot Gourmand:
- Price guide:
- Bistro, Brasserie, Restaurant
- French, Mediterranean, Seafood, Traditional
- 10 Rue Dr P. Gazagnaire, Cannes, 06400
- 04 93 68 72 02
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- 12-2pm; 7pm-10pm, every day.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Al fresco