Côté Jardin

Price guide: Mid-range

12 Ave St Louis, Cannes, 06400

Price guide: Mid-range

Côté Jardin

By Anthony Peregrine, your Cannes expert

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#11 of 22
expert-rated restaurants in Cannes
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.4
4.4
Ambience:
4.4
4.4
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.4
4.4
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Relaxation

Expert review of Côté Jardin

Enough of crowds, enough of bling – we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.

I don’t think Joni Mitchell was thinking of Cannes when she wrote those words (the last nine above, I mean). Frankly, I don’t think that the great US songstress has ever thought of Cannes much at all. But, what the hell, they kind of fit this restaurant. (‘Jardin’ means ‘garden’ in case you came in late to French lessons.)

And, while it’s maybe risking bathos to compare an eatery to Woodstock nation, well, one does what one can in this day and age. At the very least, the food’s a damned sight better here than it ever was at any rock festival.

And the place does indeed offer an oasis of calm, a little private world, some way back from the hurly-burly of the sea-front and main shopping streets. In truth, it’s a bit like popping in to see distant friends in their home, except that you’ll be paying.

Lamb shank

You may sit amid the shrubs and flowers in the garden, in the glassed-in veranda or among the Provençal tiling and colours of the house. The garden’s best, if the weather’s clement, simply because eating in gardens always is best. It somehow gives an added dimension to dishes like roast John Dory, lamb shank with creamed polenta and truffles, and cod with thyme.

There’s nothing pretentious about Côté Jardin. It’s simply peaceful, very tasty and happy. You may come out of it humming gently. (“We are stardust, we are golden …” and so on and so forth.)
 

Food and drink: 

Apply practical, modern imagination to first class Mediterranean produce and you can’t go far wrong. Try Italian-style beef back steak (onglet de boeuf) and I think you will agree.

Ambience: 

Sunny, tranquil and warm – and, as such, a lunch-time magnet for professionals and lawyers (the courts are close by) who presumably need a bit of peace at midday.

Service: 

Charming and efficient.

Location: 

On a quietish semi-commercial, semi-residential street some minutes from the sea-front.

Price advice: 

Côté Jardin has three menus – two courses for 22.40 euros, three for 30.25 euros and six for 38.65 euros.

More information on Côté Jardin:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French, Mediterranean, Modern
Address:
12 Ave St Louis, Cannes, 06400
Telephone:
04 93 38 60 28
Website:
http://www.restaurant-cotejardin.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
12.15-1.45pm; 7.15-10pm, daily.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

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