One Cannes restaurant we did not return to in 2019 was Chez Astoux, 41-43 Rue Felix Faure.

When we visited Cannes in 2015, we ate there twice. It was fabulous.

We eagerly made reservations in 2017, only to find that Chez Astoux was a shadow of its former self.

Chez Astoux is part of the Astoux et Brun establishments: two restaurants and a fishmongers.

There is an Astoux et Brun restaurant a few doors down from Chez Astoux (corner location), where there is always a buzz. If TripAdvisor is anything to go by, they do not take reservations. We ate there several years ago, and the seafood was very good, indeed. That said, it can be noisy when one wants a quiet dinner.

Hence, our more frequent visits to Chez Astoux.

2017

This was the year of our last visit.

We had looked forward to ordering off the slate (ardoise). Unfortunately, there was none. The waiter told us it was no longer economically viable to have a list of daily catch of the day specials.

Bummer.

Starters

My far better half (FBH) ordered tartare of sea bream (daurade) but said it was bland.

I had much better luck with my squid (seiche) beignets, which were great: unctuous on the outside and tender in the middle.

Mains

FBH stayed with sea bream and had a fillet of it with meat sauce. Surprising, yes, but meat sauce with fish is an amazing taste contrast which has been trending in France for several years, especially among younger chefs. I have since tried it at home — cod with beef sauce — and it is spectacular.

I had large prawns (camerones) with rice. They were exceptionally good.

Wine

We enjoyed a bottle of white Bandol, Château Barthès 2015 from Var (83330 Le Beausset), which complemented our dishes perfectly.

Additional notes

There were not many people dining on the Sunday evening when we went, but those who were there were French.

There was also a quiet ‘domestic’ incident going on at a table near us which troubled the waiters, who chatted about it amongst themselves. They wondered if they should politely intervene. There was a threesome: a couple and a little girl. The woman kept checking her phone and responding to texts. The man kept asking her quietly what was so urgent and who was texting her. I couldn’t ‘earwig’ the whole conversation, but it seemed as if it had to do with her work. I did not catch who was texting her. Was it only work or did she have a certain someone at work? In any event, after they had finished their starters, she said to the man, ‘I don’t have to listen to you’, picked up her handbag — along with the phone — and stormed off. The little girl started sobbing and she was left with the man, with whom she seemed comfortable, by the way. I don’t know what the family relationship was among the three of them. We were ready to pay the bill by then, so I don’t know what happened after that. I thought about it for days, wondering what happened next.

On a lighter note, TripAdvisor has rave reviews of Chez Astoux.

Conclusion

With regard to value for money, Chez Astoux is expensive. The value for money question looms even larger with the continuing absence of the daily catch slate.

We decided there were more creative seafood preparations elsewhere in Cannes at lower prices, so it is unlikely we will return anytime soon, unfortunately.

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