I had never eaten crêpes prior to visiting France. Sure, I have eaten pancakes many times but crêpes are much lighter tasting, thinner in thickness and generally larger in radius.
Many restaurants sell crêpes and you can get one with all types of toppings – sweetened with Nutella, savoury with cheeses and meats, or the slightly naughty Crêpe Suzette drizzled with caramelised sugar, butter, citrus juice, zest and Grand Marnier liqueur, served flambé.
I opted for a ‘Citronelle’ crêpe yesterday at Cesar Cafe (5 rue Aubernon, 06600 Antibes. Telephone: +33 4 93 34 03 22), a dinner plate-sized crêpe coated in sugar and fresh lemon juice. There is something about the combination of sticky sweet sugar and zesty lemon juice with a soft foldable crêpe base that is so delicious….I devoured my crêpe in about 2 minutes, and my companion’s crêpe ‘Londonnais’ with ham, egg and the addition of mushrooms went down a treat and was pronounced delicious also.
Cesar Cafe is small in size and the tables are close to each other but don’t be put off if you have a family and baby buggy/stroller. There are tables outside to park your stroller. There is one small step to the interior of the cafe, though the doorway to the toilet is narrow so unfortunately the toilet facilities are not wheelchair-accessible. The cafe also keeps open a small window for ventilation at ground level that opens inwards in front of the bathroom door so you will find it difficult to pass if you are less mobile.
The waiter was friendly and has lived locally for 13 years so he is used to peak season tourists, and rather than rush us through our meal he bought water cups and more coffee.
The cost was 5,50€ for the citron crêpe, 8,50€ for the londannais crêpe (extra price for mushrooms) and 1,70€ for expressos (cafés).
Recommended for a quick snack or coffee break when in old town Antibes.
Sometimes all you want when you are hungry is to find an old favourite – a restaurant where you can order your favourite dish and know that the quality will be consistently good and the service great. For me, one of those restaurants is La Cave Provençale at 7 rue Aubernon. You could easily walk by La Cave Provençale and not blink an eye; there is nothing outstanding about the façade or decor, and the location is on a busy through-road which does not allow for meandering strolling. However, what brings me back to La Cave Provençale is my ‘favourite dish’ the ‘Gourmand’ salad – a delicious, fresh mix of rocket, coppa, jambon cru, roquefort, roasted pinenuts, olives and mini toasts with lightly melted chevre cheese, mmmmm! The salad is a decent-sized portion, tastes fresh and is priced well for Antibes. Service is friendly and prompt even when tables are full. When I visited last week on a hot day (with friends and two children under 18 months of age) the waiter bought chilled water for the children, and put out the sun awning to avoid sunburn for the children. The menu offers burgers, salads, pastas and the like. Downside is there is no high chair for families to use. The toilet is accessible for those with reduced mobility.
Children are welcome in restaurants, cafés and bars, however not all restaurants will provide special facilties for families such as high chairs. Most restaurants do not offer children’s meals (the range may be limited for children to fries, chicken nuggets and similar) but those that do specifically offer children’s menus have fixed-price menus at reduced prices.
Le Moulin, 7 boulevard Maréchal Leclerc (Telephone: 04 93 61 23 60): Italian-run restaurant situated near to Salis beach serving pizza, pastas and the like. Large outdoor terrace for dining in the sun. Ample room for wheelchair users and/or families with strollers but reservations are recommended as this restaurant does get busy. Easy access to toilet facilities as restaurant is ground level.