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L'Assiette Provencale
Ranked #22 of 899 Restaurants in Cannes
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Provencale Cuisine
Reviewed 15 October 2017

I had two nights in Cannes in early September, at the beginning of a river cruise. I knew nothing of the city, except for the film festival, so I expected many restaurants would cater to the red carpet set - with matching prices. I was hoping for something a little more reasonable. I searched TripAdvisor, and this place caught my eye. I tried it my first night and was so impressed I went back for the second.

It sits across the road from a marina in the old harbour part of town, so normally it would have a nice view. Unfortunately, that week the city was setting up for a yacht show, so all across the street were portable cabanas. Still, the sidewalk tables and the wonderful food more than made up for that deficit.

The menu is appealing, and everything has English subtitles, so for someone who took classes in French over three decades ago, it was very welcoming. Not all the waiters are fluent in English, but for those who weren't the combination of my French and their English was more than adequate. Plus, their tolerance of my efforts was both welcoming and a bit surprising. (This was my first time in France, and my pre-conceptions were, as i turns out, many years out of date...)

Despite many temptations on the regular menu, I opted for the fixed price options. They have two, one for 26 Euro and one for 31. As it turned out, I chose both, on separate days. They included different choices for appetizer, main and dessert. I went for the higher one the first day because one of mains called out to me: sea bass over seafood cannellonis with shellfish sauce. It was fabulous.

I chose a crab tartare for a starter. Obviously, the crab was not raw, but served in a delightful cream sauce and framed by a slice of cucumber.

The mousse was piped inside a dark chocolate half shell and served with a berry coulis.

Two nights, two different experiences. Whereas the first night was rich, elegant, and exquisitely delicate, the second was hearty, robust - and enough food for a hungry trucker. The first meal would not have been out of place in a four star restaurant. The second suggested a famous country inn.

I had country pate a la maison, sea bream, and lemon tart. The first course was huge, a palm-sized slab of pate accompanied by a small green salad and caramelized onions. It was so good I needed two glasses of a hearty red to give it its due. (Well, I didn't "need" two glasses, but...)

The sea bream was delicious, and a welcome contrast after the pate. It is no accident that so many reviews comment on the sea bream.

The lemon tart was great - and, again, a trencherman's slice.

I would have gone back a third night if I had one, because both nights I was tortured by the smells of the gambas a la plancha from neighbouring tables.

The wine list is not huge, but perfectly adequate. More importantly for me, as a single, there is a great selection of wine by the glass. The Touraine sauvignon blanc is brilliant with seafood and my first waiter's suggestion of a muscat with dessert was very nice.

I had two fabulous meals, at just about 50 Euro each, plus tip. (Tips are included in the price as my waiter on the second night took pains to point out - but I added one anyway.)

Thanks, TripAdvisor. This was a great beginning to a fine holiday. I whole-heatedly recommend this restaurant.

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Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

A brief review as we really enjoy going to this restaurant and have reviewed it before. It offers a consistently good and delicious menu, well prepared and served all at a reasonable price. Service is great and a special mention for the lovely new guy who's first day it was. Keep up the good work and learn a bit of English! We’ll see you next year.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

A warm welcome in a simple but comfortable setting opposite the vieux port. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. The fish soup was less pungent than is sometimes the case but married well with the croutons, rouille and cheese. Crab was smartly presented in a tian made of thin slices of courgette. Octopus with vegetables was a delight being perfectly cooked - charred on the outside but creamy within. Deserts were more workaday but by then we were already content. This little place is so much better than most of those around it.

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Thank Michael H
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

Although we hadn't booked we were made welcome and a table found. The food choice was very good and what we chose was excellent. Attentive service and a lovely ambiance made this a great place to eat.

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Thank franl32
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Reviewed 24 September 2017

I visited in the middle of September and was lucky to get a table . Food was good better than most reasonably priced establishments and was French which made a change.

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Thank Malcolm M
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