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A Date Night At Baoli, Cannes

Though our holiday to Cannes was a family-focussed one, Mr S and I decided to sneak away for a date night whilst staying in the beautiful French Riviera. It seemed like Baoli Restaurant, part of the famous Baoli group was the place to go! We’d already eaten lunch at their chilled out Baoli beach club and I was looking forward to spending a glamorous night in the restaurant / night club a little further down the road in Porto Canto, right opposite where the Silver Matrix was docked. The restaurant is loved by the jet-set elite and is a favourite of Jay Z, Bono and Eva Mendes during the Cannes film festival; I mean you can just park your yacht outside and stroll in.

Baoli restaurant Cannes

There are two sittings at Baoli for dinner, 8.30 or 11.30, the thought of an 11.30 dinner already made me feel ‘hangry’ so I asked the concierge to book us in for the early sitting as I wasn’t too bothered about staying for the nightclub, I just wanted to go for a chilled dinner at a pretty restaurant.

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We arrived at the restaurant and checked in at the front, immediately we were led to an indoor table, not a problem necessarily in itself but we were the only people inside, everyone else was outside. The manager refused to give us an outdoor table even though there were plenty free. We were told all the tables for two were allocated on a first come, first served basis; there were two free tables but the manager said they were reserved; though by the time we left all these tables were still free which was very annoying. Reluctantly, we took a table inside though as we were sat by the window we didn’t feel totally out of the atmosphere.

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To be honest, the restaurant itself was not what I was expecting, after the beautiful and sexy beach club I’d expected the place to be very chic and stylish, when actually it was a little too blingy, plus it was fully enclosed with no pretty views. Have you ever been to a night club when it’s still light? You can see all the cigarette burns on the sofa, the slightly shabby seating and tarnished tables, without the darkness and the glittering lights it’s actually pretty unglamorous! At Fouquet’s there had been elegant atmosphere and we were surrounded by glamorous people but as you can see from the photo above, the other diners looked a little bored!

Cocktails at Baoli restaurant

We were already a little disappointed to have chosen the place as our only date night but cocktails always help and I ordered a refreshing Rossini which I’d enjoyed at the Baoli Beach Club and Mr S ordered a Watermelon martini. Despite the shaky start our waiter was really lovely and the sommelier recommended a fab wine for us.

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I’m not a big lover of rosΓ© at home but it seems to taste better in the South of France and always feels like the thing to drink! Anyway it was a great recommendation and definitely went down a treat! Despite it’s renown as nightclub Baoli restaurant is also known for the food as the Asian and French restaurant is supervised by two-Michelin starred chef, Bruno Oger who also previously managed the kitchen at The Majestic.

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As we love light Asian food we chose a selection of starters to share; a sea bass ceviche was totally delicious as was the salmon sashimi. Best of all was the sushi including ‘crazy rolls’ made up lobster with a deep-fried coating alongside more traditional California rolls.

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As it got darker, a DJ emerged and some chilled out tunes began to fill the restaurant (though as you can see there were still empty tables) and we were relaxing and enjoying the vibe more.

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Sadly, though the main courses were as disappointing as the overall night. We chose an Imperiale teppanyaki containing scallops, which were under-cooked and flabby, and lobster and prawns which were overcooked and dry. Sigh!

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I also really didn’t enjoy the sea bass which was in a sickly sweet sauce, though, Mr S loved this.

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My favourite thing was actually the crunchy vegetables!

Disappointed by our table position and second rate food, we were then hit by the bill…and this place is very overpriced! With our only date night of the holiday falling slightly flat, we headed back to the Silver Matrix for a few glasses of rosΓ© with Mr S’s older brother in the back of the boat.

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Gary told us we’d done the wrong thing and Baoli was best to go to for the late sitting with a group and then enjoy the night club. We headed back over with him towards midnight when the lights of the club were flashing and the music pounding, a completely different atmosphere to our earlier chilled out dinner. Honestly, maybe I’m getting too old for this now but I really wasn’t feeling it and Mr S and I left after about an hour.

Anyway, as bloggers we generally try and make our blog positive spaces so why am I publishing this review? Basically, don’t fall for the hype, Baoli is over-priced and the food is mediocre πŸ™ .

  • Ohhhh Angie! I really feel for you with this one – there’s nothing worse than somewhere being seriously over-hyped and then being disappointed when you get there. Such a shame that date night didn’t work out – but there’s always a reason to go back and find somewhere better!

    Lauren xx | The Lifestyle Diaries

  • Catherine Lux

    Oh no! πŸ™ that’s so disappointing. I hate finding that places are really over-hyped and overpriced for what you get.

    C x | Lux Life

  • Shame that they couldn’t fit you in outside, looks like the Silver Matrix was more fun!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

  • I love that you aren’t scared to write negative reviews – it just shows that your reviews are honest! x

  • Shame that Baoli is all style, not so much substance. Thank you for being candid in your review – it’s good to know especially as I consider you my luxury spirit guide! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

  • Amy Lau

    Awh no! Such a shame it was so disappointing. You looked stunning though if that’s any consolation πŸ˜› hehe

    Amy

    http://www.yummei.com

  • Oh what a shame you had a disappointing meal for your date night! It does look a lot more glamorous in the evening when the lights are dimmed and the DJ has started but I’d be the same as you, not wanting to stay late. The thought of an 11.30 dinner is not a good one! The cocktails look pretty good though πŸ™‚

    • The cocktails were lovely!! I’m definitely not cool enough for dinner at 11.30

  • I’ve heard of a few people going there, but it was for the later sitting, so maybe they are just generally more accommodating/happy/atmospheric then. Always a disappointment though when somewhere isn’t worth the hype or what you were expecting. At least the rest of your holiday has looked amazing!

  • What a shame the manager was so unhelpful, especially when the experience was underwhelming. The Silver Matrix seems much more fun!

  • WOW What an amazing selection of photographs! The cocktails look so moorish and the food looks gorgeous! http://www.shehearts.net xx

  • Andrea

    ItΒ΄s a shame that both the place and food were disappointing, I hope you had a better time on the Silver Matrix!

    https://mythoughtsthroughthelens.wordpress.com/

  • TravelWithNanoB

    I love reading your blog posts, always a great selection of photos and the descriptions make me hungry πŸ™‚ I’m actually little jealous of you remembering the names of all the dishes you order! Sorry to hear your experience at Baoli was disappointing, I hate when that happens, you go with high hopes, but end up spending a fortune for a mediocre food and dull atmosphere. Anyway, thanks for sharing and keep on writing! πŸ™‚

  • Lucy

    Why do restaurants do that with tables, I just don’t understand, it is like they know because you are on holiday the likelihood of your returning is low so can’t be bothered. Shame that you had a poor experience but always best to be honest makes your blog genuine. The boat is georgeous Lucy x

    • I’m just not VIP enough, Lucy πŸ˜‰

      • Lucy

        Maybe you are too VIP for them πŸ˜‰ didn’t realise what they were missing x

  • I’m disappointed for you – especially when it’s something looked forward to!

  • This looks like such a gorgeous place – very jealous.

    Lizzie Dripping

  • SUCH a shame the food wasn’t up to par and they were awkward about the tables… I must admit that when Michael and I went our waitress was SHOCKINGLY BAD at her job, so much so that we complained (vigorously) and the only way they could shut us up was with free dessert and champagne, however, it did leave a very sour taste in our mouths after what had otherwise been a really enjoyable evening and great food. Deffoes overpriced though and I am sure it doesn’t look so glam in daylight – we did the late night sitting! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • love&limoncello

    Such a shame that you’re one date night didn’t actually deliver. Silver lining (no pun intended) you got to chill out with Charles in a sunny place, sometimes that’s all that matters. xx

    Zoe | Love and Limoncello

  • β™« Alison M β™ͺ

    Shame the food was not as nice as you expected, the surroundings look amazing though

  • i hate when somewhere is so hyped up but then totally fails to live up to expectations. Especially when it comes with a hefty price tag too x

  • That’s such a shame that it was your only date night and you didn’t have a good time πŸ™ Will make sure we avoid it if we’re ever in that part of the world.

    Katie <3

  • Sarah Connolly

    Your photos are so fantastic!

  • I appreciate honest reviews such as these!