Food and drink
This is a brasserie. It bustles at meal-times – so the cuisine is not really haute. But it’s bright with flavour in a Med-meets-the-Orient sort of way, and it’s very pleasantly presented.
Last time through, I had a first-class sea-bream with a sort of crushed mixture of olives, pine-nuts and basil. My companion’s chicken supreme looked to be a pretty decent version of the dish, too.
Indeed, some thought has been given to both fish and meat dishes – and also to the starters, where roasted asparagus topped by a poached egg caught my eye.
They also lay on a Sunday brunch, from 11am to 5pm. I can’t tell you anything about this, as I’ve never sampled it. But, if it’s of the standard of the rest of the fare, it should be good. And heaven knows whom you might meet there.
The B-des-A is pretty much where-it’s-at on the Place des Lices. The surroundings are as sharp and slick as some of the clientèle, and the lounge area, with its low tables and leather settees, is groovy enough for most late-night tastes.
But there’s little sense of exclusivity. At least, I didn’t sense one – and I’m as sharp, slick and groovy as a Ford Escort. Everyone is made welcome, whether on the terrace or inside. You might, though, feel more at ease if you’re wearing, say, loafers rather than sandals over blue socks.
As you know, the staff in trendy establishments can be withering to the uncool and non-famous. Here they’re not. Indeed, they verge on the jolly. Top marks.
On the central Place-des-Lices, an errant boules-shot from the plane trees, market and also, of course, the boules players.
Best deal is the two course lunch at €18. From there, prices shoot up. Dinner time starters are from €12, mains from €22 – and accompanying veg adds €6 or €7 to that.
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- First-time travellers
- Seasoned travellers
- People watching