Pierre Reboul learned his culinary skills in well-known, traditional French kitchens: Michel Chabran; two years with Jacques Pic; Taillevent; Michel Rostang. In 2007 he opened his own restaurant in Aix-en-Provence, attracted by the modern, youthful dynamism of this university city which fit in with his vision of an original cuisine. Linda and I went for dinner on June 2, 2015. 

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Château La Coste sits in rolling vineyards north of Aix-en-Provence. It is owned by reclusive Irish property investor Paddy McKillen and managed by his sister. He has been putting enormous investments into its newly biodynamic vineyards; a new winery, designed by Jean Nouvel, and an Art Centre designed by Tadao Ando alongside the property’s original 1682 villa and farm buildings. Linda and I went for lunch in the café of the art center on June 2, 2015.

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La Bastide de Capelongue is a Relais & Châteaux hotel with a Michelin two-star restaurant within the larger Domaine de Capelongue on the heights above Bonnieux in the Luberon in the heart of Provence. Linda and I went there for the night of June 1, 2015.

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L’Aphrodite, Nice 4

June 9, 2015

David Faure of L’Aphrodite is one of the most versatile of the young chefs in Nice. He promotes niçoise cuisine through Les Toques Brûlées, an association of niçois chefs, of which he is the president. Linda and I returned to Aphrodite, which had just celebrated its tenth anniversary, on May 19, 2015.

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Poséidon, Nice 2

June 2, 2015

A year ago Linda and I had enjoyed an excellent meal at Poséidon shortly after its opening. We returned for dinner with Jean on May 12, 2015. 

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La Réserve de Beaulieu has long been one of the renowned luxury establishments on the Côte d’Azur. Its famous restaurant once had three Michelin stars; it now has only one, but is starting an effort to rise back up. Alongside this high-end effort the hotel opened a gastrobistro earlier this year, La Table de la Réserve. The chef is Anne-Sophie Sabini, promoted from sous chef since 2012 at La Vague d’Or, the three-Michelin-star restaurant in La Réserve’s sister hotel, La Résidence de la Pinède in Saint Tropez. Read the rest of this entry »

La Réserve de Beaulieu 5

January 6, 2015

On January 2, 2015, Linda and I returned to Le Restaurant des Rois at La Réserve de Beaulieu-sur-Mer. We had not been there for four years. During this time the restaurant lost its second Michelin star, which is quite extraordinary as it was one of two three-star restaurants on the Côte d’Azur for many years. Owner Jean-Claude Delion, who has achieved three stars at the restaurant of his other grande luxe hotel, La Résidence de la Pinède in Saint-Tropez, undoubtedly will try to reverse the decline at Beaulieu. He had just had Arnaud Donckele, his three-star St Trop Chef, prepare the heavily promoted holiday meals at La Réserve.  Our meal was under the direction of Yannick Franques, who recently joined La Réserve after a career of many short stops, including some very prestigious restaurants.

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