Le Fouquet’s Cannes
by Abdon FLORES
The saga of Fouquet’s, the famous Parisian brasserie, began on 8 November 1899, when a certain Louis Fouquet painted his name on the front of his restaurant, located on the corner of the Champs Elysées and Avenue George V. Listed as an historic monument in 1988, and owned by the Barrière group since November 1999, the establishment is one of the great cornerstones of French cultural life.
The Barrière group had the initiative in 2001 of opening Le Fouquet’s Cannes at the Majestic hotel, with a warm, plush decor, and glamorous ambience: 400 photos of movie stars adorn its walls. A large veranda allows guests to enjoy the wonderful light of the Riviera in all four seasons. The restaurant dining room is decorated in the gold, taupe and black colors favored by its interior designer Pascal Desprez.
The cuisine served at the Fouquet’s Cannes is of course Mediterranean but with an inventive style. It continues to take its inspiration from classic brasserie-style dishes that have been the backbone of French culinary expertise. What makes the plus in the Fouquet’s Cannes version is that now is overseen by multi-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, crowned the world’s best chef by his peers in 2015.
Pierre Gagnaire cuisine is usually described as a constellation; in fact, his dishes can be seen as a micro-universe of colors, flavors and textures. His Corolla of smoked salmon speaks for itself: gray shrimps, organic salmon eggs, iodized gelatin and seaweed strips scattered over deep orange salmon filets. Or his beautiful Babette, a desert composed by panna cotta à l’eau de rose, litchi-raspberry marmalade, siphon raspberry-rose, crystallized rose petals and raspberry liquor sorbet.
A very well assorted wine cellar and a bar complement the offer of Le Fouquet’s. The restaurant is open every day from 7:00 till 23:00. July/August: 7:00 till midnight.
Reservations: +33 (0) 4 92 98 77 00