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“The most stunning view on the Riviera” 5 of 5 stars
Review of L'air du temps

L'air du temps
67 avenue de la Corniche d'or, 06590 Theoule sur Mer, France
0493494016
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Price range: $15 - $111
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
London
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35 restaurant reviews
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“The most stunning view on the Riviera”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2011

Ever since I started contributing to our august  site I have been looking forward to telling the world and beyond about this particular restaurant!

When I used to come here many, many years ago I always wondered whether I would ever find anywhere as beautifully situated as this restaurant…which in those days was a simple ice-cream parlour.. I can with complete conviction say that to this day I haven’t…and it is maybe not an exaggeration or a boast to say I have been to quite some places!

L’Air du Temps is situated on a high bluff some 2 kms outside Theoule-sur-Mer going towards St Raphael. Its absolutely unique selling point is a breathtaking, amazing 180 degree-and-more view over the Baie des Anges, better known as the Bay of Cannes.

The outside terrace, protected from the winds by a glass screen, is a location unique anywhere along this coast – yes, better than the Chevre D’Or at Eze – and to arrive there as I did this evening at about 8 o’clock with the sun still shining strongly on Cannes and to watch the sky turning red as the sun sets, followed by the lights of Cannes, La Napoule, Mandelieu and Theoule….and of course well beyond towards Nice…beginning to twinkle in the twilight, and then turn to a full night-time light-show, together with the snow-capped AlpesMaritimes in the distance, is an experience which is magical, and is unique to this restaurant.

It is quite simply the most beautiful location one can imagine

The food is pretty good too….not by any means historic, but pretty honest for the price. 
Off the 32€ menu, I started with an excellent Soupe de Poissons, which came with all the trimmings, including I might say a garlic clove which, if like me, you have no romantic assignation tonight, you chop up finely and bung in the soup with the rest of the stuff that goes with it! The lardons were real toasted baguette, sprinkled with some olive oil, and rubbed with garlic and sage, the rouille was thick and well…unctuous, as it should be, and the cheese was Emmenthal…as it should be!

For a main I had a Loup de Mer (Seabass) roasted with fennel and then served as filets, which came served with a mousse (slightly curried I think) of carrots and spinach, a lovely ratatouille and a dollop of rice. The presentation of the vegetables was a little eccentric, presented in a sort of envelope arrangement with 2 bits of thin plastic toothpicks sticking out of the top for decoration…(!)  but the taste was great.

I really can’t do puds other than fresh fruit these days, but there was the usual assortment of French desserts on the menu…chocolate Mousse, Creme caramel, Ile flottante….I opted for a Milo Melo (French for this and that apparently) of strawberries (not good at all I am sorry to say) and raspberries (fine, but then you cant go wrong with them!) with a squeeze of lemon and over the top.

There are about 6 tables outside on their terrace, and then a number more tables inside a rather nice sort of conservatory arrangement they have as well. If you have the opportunity of going there, do so on a summers’ evening, preferably with a full moon, and arrive about 3/4 hour before sunset.

And I am so certain of my opinions (in the nicest possible way of course…!!) …..so please feel free to send me your bill if you can honestly say you don’t agree the restaurant’s location is not the best ever!

  • Visited May 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Amazing place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2009

We ate there on the last day of our holiday. Simply worth it to come back here for this restaurant. We had the best table in the house at the corner of the terrace. What a view! If I wasn't driving could have sat there all day eating and drinking fine wines. By the way the food was great and man those prawns are big. Very friendly staff and will go there every time I am in the south of France from now on.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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