Gastronomic cuisine with a casual atmosphere – some of the best restaurants here do not have Michelin stars. Fleur de Sel could easily be awarded one though – their food is certainly good enough. Grimaud on its own is a village worth a detour. It’s one of the prettiest old-walled-castle-villages in the Var. Take a morning walk around in the nice weather then stop off here for a seriously satisfying French cuisine experience under a big olive tree on their terrace. You might get a little visit from their cat too, but he’s tame and sweet. Menus start at 36 euros but well worth it.
It’s new, it’s cosy, it’s not pricy and it’s Salernes best restaurant today – Food ‘Amour is stirring a buzz around the area for its outstanding cuisine (refined, gastronomic – worthy of a Michelin star in my opinion). The restaurant opened just one month ago but already they are having to turn away diners at the door for being booked up. I had the smarts to visit them on a Monday lunch hour (they are closed on Tuesdays but open the rest of the week for lunch and dinner) and was not disappointed. For 28.50 euros my friends and I dined on amazing amuse-bouches of crunchy filo and smoked salmon with crême fraiche, warm toasts with prochiutto and tomato, an entrée of cod on bed of creamy leaks and crunchy bits of fresh bacon (or rascasse with Mediterranean salsa), a main of giant prawn and scallops risotto with safran (or guinea foul and sweet potato mash), and the most sensory-overload dessert of Pavlova covered in fruits of the season: berries and sliced peaches – all artistically and beautifully presented.
The owners were trained around the world but are French. Their attention to detail is frankly, quite extraordinary for the prices they charge.
I give this joint a 9 out of 10 but it’s pretty close to perfection.
Indoor and outdoor dining (next to main church). Food ‘Amour 4 rue Pierre Blanc 83690 Salernes Tel: 0981 93 19 49
VERY UNFORTUNATELY this restaurant has closed in 2015. Stay tuned for news on what’s/who’s taking it over in Autumn of 2015!!
In Cotignac, one of the best restaurants (mid to high range prices) affectionately called Chez Loli’s, can be found on the Cours Gambetta, just across the street from the Hotel de Cours. It’s probably the only place for now that offers Lobster for lunch or dinner and the best Prawn ravioli I’ve tried since living in California!
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