Au Pot de Vin
A long zinc bar, upholstered leather benches, round light fixtures and Thonet chairs…. Far from the blazing sun of La Croisette, chef Jean-Pierre Silva (a former star chef at Le Vieux Moulin in Bouillard) chose the chiaroscuro of a faubourgeois spot to store his impressive collection of Burgundy wines (400 labels) and open a cheeky bistro with retro recipes. That’s where the crème de la crème of Cannes comes to chat about the festival, business and politics. But careful! There are no bribes here, everything takes place above the table! The day we went for lunch, the proof was a true feast: sautéed wild escargot in persillade (€16); formidable cod from Bilbao in aioli sauce (€25); and crème caramel for dessert (€6). Other house classics include the risotto prepared “the way granny Silva did” (€25), the blanquette de veau (€22) and the Iberian pork pluma (€25). To drink, head to Burgundy, from A Minima from Trapet (€32 a bottle) to Bonnes Mares 2015 from Jean-François Mugnier (€850), along with a Chassagne-Montrachet from Lamy Pillot (€12 a glass). À la carte €42-49. // V.V.