Reinventing a favourite

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Pastis is as synonymous with French Riviera living as petanque and sun bathing. Traditionally served over ice with a small jug of water, pastis is not only this region's favourite drink, it is the national drink of France. But did you ever consider replacing wine with pastis during a meal? The idea was introduced to The Riviera Times during a special lunch at JAN in Nice last month, and the result was quite surprising!Read more

Riviera terrace dining

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Whether it is by the sea or overlooking the spectacular countryside, terrace dining in the Riviera is a must in summer. Provencal cuisine, Mediterranean seafood, a chilled bottle of Côte de Provence rosé … who could wish for anything more? But with so many to choose from, how do we find the best? Well, we asked our Facebook readers to tell us their favourite terrace restaurants, and this is what they chose!Read more

Ten years of Italian cuisine

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For the 10th consecutive year, the Italian CCI (Chamber of Commerce and Industry) will take over the Promenade des Anglais to hold an Italian gastronomy show in Nice. This year, L'Italie à Table will celebrate Nice and Italy's shared roots, when it comes to cuisine, from 29th May to 1st June.Read more

Emotions for the taste buds and the heart

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Paolo Sari of the Monte Carlo Beach restaurant Elsa is the only organic chef to have ever achieved a Michelin star. The Riviera Times spoke to Paolo about his philosophy and what that means for his guests at Monte Carlo Beach.Read more

Reaching for the stars

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The new season begins with a new chef at Terre Blanche. Yannick Franques has already earned himself two Michelin stars, a dream come true for any pioneering chef. So what exactly does that mean for this 5-star hotel, its 70-strong kitchen team and the four restaurants that reside in the luxury resort? Yannick revealed all for The Riviera Times.Read more

Finding Bistronomy restaurants in France

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It’s not always easy to navigate your way around the French restaurant scene, given the huge number of options at your disposal. There are many outstanding chefs out there, but also a large number of less talented ones. Thankfully there are numerous restaurant guides to help you get good value for money, including the world-famous Michelin guides. The Michelin group has just published the Bonnes petites tables guide with a selection of restaurants that offer good food at reasonable prices.Read more

The magic of Le Candille

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The fine dining Candille restaurant sits proudly in an 18th century villa, where once the great Napoléon Bonaparte was welcomed. Serge Gouloumès is a renowned Michelin star chef, who blends his love of spice with fresh market produce to create art on a plate. Yet in this elegant, five star dining room, high above the picturesque village of Mougins, it is accepted … no, it is encouraged … to lap up the last remaining morsel of sauce on the plate with your finger and exclaim "Wow".Read more

Le Méridien Beach Plaza

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Forget what you know about hotel restaurants; a different kind of dining experience is emerging from the L'Intempo kitchens of Le Méridien Beach Plaza in Monaco. Delicately prepared, cooked and served in front of your eyes, the live menu of celebrated chef Jimmy Desrivières creates an exceptional à la carte evening delivered in an exciting and intimate environment. Watch as the chef takes you on a voyage of flavour from raw ingredients to haute cuisine plates.Read more

Wining and dining

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Dynamic in vision yet rustic in appearance, La Part des Anges has remained true to its all organic and all natural roots since its launch as a unique wine cellar in the south of France back in 1998. This quaint wine bar and shop combination on Rue Gubernatis in Nice was the first of its kind in the city and its patrons continue to appreciate the genuine and unfussy charm of the cave.Read more

A touch of heritage

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The hottest thing on many people's lips right now is Jan, a new contemporary restaurant in the port of Nice. Headed by South African chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Jan offers a very distinguished modern French cuisine with a touch of South African heritage. Complimented by a classy old Victorian dining room and impeccable service, Jan has quite possibly cemented the future of this emerging chic and trendy quarter of Nice.Read more

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