Jazz music filled the air, champagne flowed into glasses and the hum of lively conversation surrounded us as we sat enjoying a few first drinks at the Rotonde Louise Pommery bar at The Majestic Hotel. After a gorgeous first day in Cannes, where we were reunited with Mr Silver’s family, we were looking forward to an evening spent together in the warm night at Fouquet’s, the hotel’s poolside restaurant.
Mr and Mrs Silver Senior aka Sandra and Michael came from their hotel, The Carlton to enjoy some champagne before the others arrived to join us for dinner. I absolutely loved the vibe around the pool at night. The jazz band provided the perfect background music, the people were so elegant and beautifully dressed and the atmosphere was relaxed and chilled despite the luxe setting. There was even a bikini fashion show to entertain us, though to be fair looking at skinny models somewhat puts me off eating…;)
Mr S’s brother Paul and his wife Sandra (yes, confusingly there are two Sandra Silvers) soon joined us making up our party of six for the night and we were led to our poolside table at Fouquet’s. The French brasserie menu at Fouquet’s was created in collaboration with Pierre Gagnaire who has Michelin-starred restaurants all around the world, in Paris, Hong Kong, Las Vegas and Tokyo but his most familiar restaurant to my UK readers is the fabulously quirky sketch in London.
For my starter I chose a tuna Nicoise salad, it’s one of my favourite dishes and I often order it at home but it felt particularly fitting to order something that actually originated in Nice. The traditional salad consists of tomatoes, egg, green beans, olives and anchovies, with the tuna being an optional extra – though it’s classic dish I do find it’s different everywhere you go. I very much enjoyed my salad despite my preference for soft-boiled over hard-boiled eggs.
We also really enjoyed Mr S’s crab salad starter with cauliflower, though Michael had the same and found it a little bland. Unfortunately, I didn’t get photos of everyone’s food as it was a family dinner and not all about my blog…strange, I know but true ;).
Actually the name Fouquet’s has long been associated with the glitterati and the original restaurant was opened by Louis Fouquet in Paris 1899, on the Champs Elysées. The place became legendary with the opening of the first cinema nearby in 1928 as a famous meeting place for those associated with the silver screen.
Though beautifully presented my sea bass main course was over cooked as it had at the beach club, and Michael’s steak was very tough.
Better was Mr S’s steak, a perfectly cooked entrecote which he shared with his brother. Sandra 1 and Sandra 2 also enjoyed their John Dory and Osso Bucco respectively.
Though the food was rather mixed I absolutely loved the ambiance at Fouquet’s it was so elegant and chic, just make sure that you order well!
Hotel Le Majestic Cannes
10, La Croisette
+33 (0)970 820 900