DonRocks Posted June 17, 2012 Share Posted June 17, 2012 Okay, our illustrious New York City forum host Rachel is in Cannes for a week on business - the poor thing. I'm trying to find her a good bouillabaisse, even though it's Marseille - not Cannes - which specializes in this dish. I wrote magadalena (Thérèse, my Niçoise belle-mère in case anyone hasn't figured that one out by now), and she knows of Gaston et Gastounette by reputation only, never having actually been there. I looked at their website, and don't entirely like what I see - it's right on the port (expensive), and looks a bit touristy. Bouillabaisse is 68 Euros per person, with a minimum of two people, and I don't like that they have a "miso-based variant," in fact, I don't like that at all. There's also Tetou which is in a neighboring town and takes cash only, but I don't know of anywhere in Cannes for Rachel to find <<le vrai article>>. Maybe Cannes, despite its proximity to Marseille, just isn't a great bouillabaisse town. (NB, one of the greatest dining experiences of my life was at Les Echevins in Marseille, but it looks like that restaurant has changed since I've been.) My one memorable meal in Cannes was at La Palme d'Or in the Hotel Martinez, but other than the incredible views of <<la Croisette>> (take a look for yourself), this meal - which was under the previous chef Christian Willer - was memorable primarily for being the most disappointing Michelin 2-Star restaurant I've ever experienced in France. It was a perfectly fine dinner, with an incredible view of the bay and correct service, but in no way did this restaurant merit two stars (in France, the difference between one and two is, theoretically, huge). The new chef, Christian Sinicropi, has been there since 2001, so I have no knowledge of how the restaurant is doing now. All this to say that I have nothing of worth to offer Rachel - does anyone have any suggestions? Despite everything I typed above, she's not in search of luxury, but truly loves food, and would happily go exploring, walking away from the sea, in search of hidden gems. I urge her to have a bouillabaisse with a bottle of Cassis Blanc if, and only if, she can find a good one; otherwise, to save her money for her next stop in Rome. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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