Bistro de la Marine

96 Promenade de la Plage, 06800 Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

(33) 4-9326-4346

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Jacques Maximin, the Michelin-starred chef who opened this bistro after a storied career working at such famous South of France gourmet restaurants as Chantecler and Moulin des Mougins has declared, “simplicity is the key to being happy and also to great food.” (Ironically, über-technical chef Ferran Adria has cited Maximin as his mentor.) In 2010, he opened this affordable bistro in a former fisherman’s house in the lovely town between Antibes and Nice that is home to the Renoir Museum, and has been drawing locals and foodies with his most approachable cuisine ever since. Of course, as the name implies, the region’s fresh seafood is the main focus. Starters may include a fresh gazpacho or fresh fish tartar with capers, tomato and basil and for a main course fish of the day with a Niçoise risotto or sausages, followed by a dessert of white peaches or apricots served three different ways. Don’t be surprised if the chef asks you if you can taste the freshness of his just caught fish. The interior has simple tiled floors and red leather banquettes, but in warm weather it’s most pleasant to eat outside on the terrace.

Written by Melissa Biggs Bradley

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