Les Roches Blanches, Cassis
July 7, 2015
The fishing village of Cassis inspired many painters in the late nineteenth, early twentieth century. Derain: “Une pinède à Cassis-1907”, Vlaminck, Matisse, Dufy and Signac: “Baie de Cassis, Cap Canaille-1889” were among the most famous. The Cap Canaille headland, which dominates the view to the east, was their favorite subject. On the corniche to the west of the village is the hotel Les Roches Blanches. Linda and I spent the night of June 3, 2015.
We arrived at midday; our room was not yet ready so we had lunch on the terrace.
This was the view from my seat towards the town of Cassis.
This was the view at the start of our meal from my seat at right angles to the one above. The west face of Cap Canaille is still in dark shadow.
Thirsty from our drive from Aix, we skipped the readily available apéritifs and ordered a bottle of the local white wine, Domaine Saint Louis Jayne. Very nice.
We looked at the menu with its artistic cover.
While we enjoyed our starters, our sea bass had been prepared and grilled. The maître d’hôtel and his assistant boned and plated it for us.
It was served with a sauce of beurre blanc.
The elegant flavor of the fresh fish was brought out by the well-timed cooking. The crisp skin underneath retained the crisp smokiness from the grilling. The sauce and garnishes provided variety. Excellent.
On leaving the terrace for our room after lunch we could look west down the coast over the hotel’s swimming pool towards the famous calanques, or picturesque inlets in the cliffs.
Our stay was relaxing and lovely. Our lunch was very good; the hotel was very nice; the staff very helpful and the location unbeatable for terrific views and proximity to the port without being in it.