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Les Bacchanales, Vence

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Les Bacchanales, Vence

As is common for eating establishments on the French Rivier, Les Bacchanales is a place that has not only good food, but an interesting story behind it as well. To start with, its location is intriguing – the three-story art deco-style villa lies just a few steps from the area's most famous attraction – the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. It is one of the last works by the French artist Henri Matisse, who regarded the Chapel of the Rosary as his masterpiece – “the fruit of his whole working life”.

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The villa is surrounded by a slightly surreal garden filled with contemporary sculptures. In addition to serving as a visual feast for the eyes, the garden also supplies the restaurant with all of its fresh herbs, greens and edible flowers, which are always staples in the dishes prepared by Christophe Dufau, head chef at the Michelin-starred Les Bacchanales.

Having gained inspiration from his culinary working experience in both Denmark and elsewhere in the world, Dufau returned to the Riviera and opened his first restaurant; in no time at all, it was surely and soundly awarded its first Michelin star.

Les Bacchanales is Dufau's second restaurant and, unlike the first one, which he successfully sold, the concept here is a greater emphasis on local foods. Dufau's current menu of great, modern French cuisine is based on ingredients sourced from the farms and waters of nearby Provence, Corsica and Piedmont; it's light and healthy, and free of any unnecessary flourishes.

The evening menu offers a choice of three differently sized meals – four courses (65 EUR), five courses (75 EUR) or seven courses (95 EUR) – with the courses consisting of appetizers, main dishes (fish and/or meat), cheeses, and a choice of two desserts. For lunch you can choose either three courses (40 EUR) or five.An illustrative meal could consist of: fresh anchovies and ricotta as a starter; a second course of fish with steamed ratatouille, or a generous slice of beef in a thick and hearty wine sauce; a scrumptious dessert parfait made from popcorn, strawberries and vanilla sauce; and a cheese course featuring thyme- and rosemary-smoked cheese on a bed of rucola. Simple, intelligible and absolutely delicious!

The reasonably priced wine list at Les Bacchanales is sturdily based on the regions of France, and the head chef is always on the premises and will gladly help you choose a wine to accompany your meal.

247 Avenue de Provence
06140 Vence, France    

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