Food and drink
We’ve pretty much covered this above. We’re talking food from one of France’s most inventive chefs, a chap not afraid to pair quail with squid but one who also never tips over into the showily absurd. The Palme d’Or is charging very serious sums for this cooking. It’s got to work, rather than simply massage the cook’s ego. And it does. Try the Mediterranean sea-bass in a herby fish sauce and tell me you disagree. Steady with the wine-list, mind. It’s the size of the Domesday Book and has bottles the price of a mid-range car.
Classy, relaxed but soignée. Be on best behaviour, and no shorts or jeans, please. Nor should you stare – or, worse still, ask for autographs – if Sean or Sharon is dining there. If you’re eating at the Palme d’Or, someone should be asking for your autograph.
Faultlessly polite and attentive without kicking over into obsequiousness.
Within the five-star Hotel Martinez, on the sea-front.
The bad news. Lunch may be had for 67 euros. The cheapest, two-course dinner menu is 92 euros. Add wine and coffee and you’re way over 110 euros per person. Sorry about that.
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