Coquillages Brun

Price guide: Mid-range

2 Rue Louis Blanc, Cannes, 06400

Price guide: Mid-range

Coquillages Brun

By Anthony Peregrine, your Cannes expert

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#14 of 22
expert-rated restaurants in Cannes
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.5
4.5
Ambience:
4.2
4.2
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation

Expert review of Coquillages Brun

They sell shellfish near the seashore (and they’ve been doing so for 57 years).

The clue is in the name. ‘Coquillages’ means ‘shellfish’, and the Brun family do it better than pretty much anyone else on the coast.

Then again, they should do. They’ve been at it for three generations. That’s why you might have trouble getting a table. The place doesn’t take reservations, so you’ll just have to stack up behind everyone else waiting.

I think you’ll consider it worthwhile. The restaurant – more of a brasserie, really – has no airs and graces. The terrace looks a little more stylish than the interior but that’s not saying much, and you’re not there for the décor, anyway. You’re there for the shellfish – and just about anything else edible that can be hauled from the deep.

Fun, and the sea-urchin.

Naturally, you might tackle one of those multi-storey platters of shelled items and have all the fun of discovering how to eat a sea-urchin. But the more straightforward dishes are ace, too. I have particularly fond memories of a sea-bass with fennel, and the mussels with cream take some beating. As does the fish soup.

None of this comes very cheap, but the best rarely does. So take your time and revel in it. If, on the other hand, you don’t have much time, nip into the restaurant’s Annexe – a bar-style operation where you might down a few oysters, or have a plat-du-jour (daily special dish) at the bar.
 

Food and drink: 

You’ve probably got the message by now. It’s a fish restaurant.

Ambience: 

Both bustling and relaxed, a difficult trick to pull off.

Service: 

Efficient and helpful, particularly if the more exotic fish options leave you puzzled.

Location: 

Near the market, on the corner of Rue Louis Blanc and Rue Félix Faure.

Price advice: 

Sea-food platters from 36 to 84.50 euros, depending on what you want on them. Mains from around 23.70 euros.

More information on Coquillages Brun:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Brasserie, Restaurant
Food:
French, Mediterranean, Seafood
Address:
2 Rue Louis Blanc, Cannes, 06400
Telephone:
04 93 39 21 87
Website:
http://www.astouxbrun.com
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Daily, 12-2.30pm; 7pm-11pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Not possible
Free tags / Keywords:
Al fresco

Have you been to Coquillages Brun? Would you recommended it?