Bistrot Gourmand

Address: 10 Rue Dr P. Gazagnaire, Cannes, 06400, France
Telephone: 04 93 68 72 02

- Mid-range

4.4

You want a real French bistro? You want change from 20 quid? Follow me in.

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”.
 

Food and drink
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Service
4.3
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Food and drink
4.4
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Value for money
4.6
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Ambience
4.4
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Location
4.2
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Food and drink

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.

Ambience

Bouncy, in a restrained sort of way. In other words, you’re not going to be overwhelmed by boisterous locals.

Service

Pleasant and attentive.

Location

On a commercial street, near Cannes’ main market.

Price advice

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.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • First-time travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • No fuss

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