This year I returned to France’s beautiful southern coast for a summer of fun, after several years of absence (which had certainly made my heart grow stronger). As tradition dictated, my friend and I spent a morning at the beach before heading to Le Carré Bleu, a pop-up restaurant on the seafront.
The restaurant hadn’t changed at all – the same calming sea-blue interiors, familiar faces waiting the tables… and the same painfully slow service, which is all but forgotten once you taste the incredible food. I’m always hammering on about how good service can make or break a meal, but it seems all my cares and frustration are whisked away by the sea breeze when I visit the Côte d’Azur; I’ll sit contently sipping a chilled glass of rosé for as long as they make me wait.
At Le Carré Bleu, it would be a crime not to go for the seafood – yes, they grill a great steak, but with seafood right on their doorstep, it’s as fresh as fresh can be. I chose the scallops (which incidentally I believe I ordered the last time I ate there, albeit with a slightly different preparation). The melt in the mouth pearls of white meat were accompanied by a light, chunky ratatouille – a regional favourite – and rice, which I actually didn’t eat, preferring to nibble on the freshly baked baguette as my carb of choice.
For desert, I had the tiramisù – a change from the chocolate fondant with a salted caramel sauce which my friend and I would usually both order; a dish I highly recommend. The tiramisù was creamy, sweet and indulgent, great paired with a full-bodied espresso, or digestif.
After eating, we ordered another glass of wine and sat gazing at the ocean before heading back to the beach – an afternoon well spent.
The Carré Bleu
61 Ter Promenade de la plage
06800 Cagnes sur Mer
Tel : 04 93 31 00 00