L'Affable

Price guide: Mid-range

5 Rue de Lafontaine, Cannes, 06400

Price guide: Mid-range

L'Affable

By Anthony Peregrine, your Cannes expert

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#4 of 22
expert-rated restaurants in Cannes
Expert overall rating:4.5 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.6
4.6
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.4
4.4
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.7
4.7
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Foodies, Singles, Relaxation, Trendiness

Expert review of L'Affable

Cool, calm, collected – and really not laughable at all.

Any French person will see the pun in this restaurant's name. It's called l'Affable and it's in Rue de Lafontaine. Now, the 17th-century Mr De Lafontaine (like the Brothers Grimm) wrote fables. So l'Affable in Rue de Lafontaine is very witty play on words (for 'affable' in French also means affable in English). This is side-splitting stuff. Just a pity, really, that it looks so like 'laughable'. A real pity, because l'Affable is a belting spot.

Masculine

There’s something vaguely masculine about the place which I like very much. The door off the street (no terrace here) looks like an office door. Inside, the lines are clean and contemporary, with lots of grey, beige and brown. You can see work in the kitchen beyond a big internal window.

You could be in a new-wave Parisian bistro popular with young professionals. But you’re not. You’re in Cannes, in the posh shopping area – and, more to the point, in the hands of Jean-Paul Battaglia.

M. Battaglia ran one of the classier eateries in nearby Mougins for 30 years before moving to this little outpost and giving it a modern make-over. You shouldn’t expect a vast amount of dining space: though cool, l’Affable is pretty warmly-packed.

Captain

On the other hand, you should expect some cracking food, mixing Med influences with the occasional Oriental touch (shrimps with Thai rice), the whole given an imaginative twist. With dishes like sea-bream à la plancha, sliced beef with herbs or salmon escalopine, it’s clear that M. Battaglia is an expert captain of his ship.

There are, too, some terrific local wines on the list. If the opportunity arises, do try the Mas de Cadenet rosé. Half-a-bottle of that under the belt and you will indeed be laughing.
 

Food and drink: 

A good mix of Mediterranean and modern bistro favourites, prepared by a chef who’s absolutely on top of the job.

Ambience: 

Cool and civilised, without tipping over into the indecently modern.

Service: 

Attentive.

Location: 

Rue de la Fontaine is in a side-street, off the Rue d’Antibes, in the fashionable shopping centre of town.

Price advice: 

The three-course dinner menu is 38.90 euros. The (different) three-course lunch comes at 24.80 euros – and there’s a two course lunch option at 20.30 euros . A la carte prices are inevitably steeper. But, for these standards – and given that we’re in the heart of Cannes - the fixed-price menus rate as very reasonable indeed.

More information on L'Affable:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French, Fusion, Mediterranean, Modern
Address:
5 Rue de Lafontaine, Cannes, 06400
Telephone:
04 93 68 02 09
Website:
http://www.restaurant-laffable.fr
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Dinner, Mon-Sat 7.30-9.30pm; lunch, Mon-Fri 12-2pm. Shut August.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to L'Affable? Would you recommended it?