Favourite Eats In France

For me, eating will always be an important aspect of travelling. Before this trip I had only ever had French food once in South Yarra, so I was very excited to be able to taste some classic dishes in the country itself.

Listed here are my favourite dishes from the trip (in no particular order):

#1: Croissants @ Chez Maitre Pierre, Nice
When I'm on holiday, I try not to eat at the same place twice, but this boulangerie was an exception. The pastries were so good we had breakfast there three mornings in a row, and every time I tried something different, like pear, apple or apricot with a small cup of mocha or hot chocolate. Plus it was a great spot for people-watching!

#2: Escargots @ La Colombe d'Or, Saint-Paul-de-Vence
De-shelled Burgundy snails in rich sauce? Mmm.

It was a simple lobster salad, poached and dressed with balsamic vinaigrette but it was so delicious. The lobster was juicy and tender with no pretentious flavours. Clean and delicate, it was highly enjoyable.

#4: French onion soup @ Chez Laurette, Aix-en-Provence

To be honest, I don't know what constitutes a 'good' French onion soup, but this was so tasty and hearty. I loved everything from the pastry crust, to the cheese, to the crostini. 

#5: Seafood platter @ l'Oursin, Antibes
I guess there's just no way I could pass up a seafood platter. We walked past this restaurant while we were doing some light shopping and noticed piles of oysters and a man behind the counter happily shucking them. I knew we had to have lunch here. It was one of those times it was terribly difficult to choose what to eat, so I got greedy and chose the large seafood platter for one. My best decision ever involved oysters, mussels, wild clams, shrimps, prawns, scampi, whelks and winkles. I'm proud to say I finished almost everything! Unfortunately I missed out on the sea urchin but I don't think I could've taken anymore food. 

#6: Scallops @ l'Oursin, Antibes
This wasn't even my dish, but I got to have one of the largest, juiciest, most tender scallops ever. Even the lentil salad that accompanied it was awesome. 

#7: Ice creams and sorbets @ Fenocchio, Vieux Nice
I was overwhelmed by the 100+ flavours I could choose from. I chose orange flower ice cream and guava sorbet, which were so, so good. Other flavours that caught my eye were almond, beer, grapefruit, pina colada, and tomato and basil.

#8: Clementine mousse @ Luc Salsedo, Nice

While our entrées and mains were great, this complimentary dessert took the cake. It was light and foamy and extraordinarily zesty! 

Other French dishes that we managed to have include mussels with fries, fish soup, frog legs and crêpes. There are still so many more that I would love to try but I guess I'll save that for my next trip! ;)

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