Innovative Creative Cuisine in Vence

I recently lunched en groupe at “Les Bacchanales” restaurant, where the chef creates the week’s menu based on his market finds, sourced from within 250 km. and  from what is currently in season and his unique personal taste – literally & creatively speaking! The restaurant also filters its own still and sparkling water, in an effort to respect the environment.

This particular day’s menu involved three courses, with an unusual choice for the main dish (see menu photo). Was the amusing garden art at the entrance a sign of the creative cuisine to come?!

Personal Assessment:  In my opinion, my main course was somewhat skimpy in portion (would have liked a side of something), especially for the price.  I also thought that the cheese course seemed rationed (read: skimpy) for the number of people being served in our group.

A chacun son gout! (to each his own) 


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Les Nuits du Sud in Vence

Les Nuits du Sud is an annual outdoor series of concerts held in Vence.  The town blocks the entrances to the town a couple of hours before the start, in order to verify tickets of attendees and for those who are already inside the area, tickets are asked for and confirmed.

Since it had been rainy and the central area chairs were wet, we decided to sit on the terrace of a restaurant located just across from the stage area.  It was perfect as a dry, front row table for two with views of the large stage screens.  I found it amusing that my name was written as a name of nobility with ‘de’ and yes, it was a royal evening full of good food and music.

We listened to and enjoyed the singing of Maya Kamaty, followed by tango music by Plaza Francia. (videos below)

See remaining program HERE


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Restaurant in Vence – ‘Cuisine de caractère’

With an advert tagline of “Fraîcheur d’Eté sous la tonnelle” (summer freshness under the arbor), I decided to check out the restaurant for lunch, Les Templiers on a hot day. Yes, it truly is a charming venue to escape the summer heat, while enjoying the upscale cuisine and professional service – I had the best crème brulée I have ever eaten (light and creamy and not sickening sweet)!

Unfortunately, I missed out on the Plat du Jour Dejeuner 15€ menu, served on Thursdays in July, so had to order from the 29€ or 39€ three-course menu or à la carte. A bit pricey, but I have to say, the setting, service, and food was well worth splurging a little. And yes, I would go back; in fact, I am planning on taking some friends there on their next visit!