We've been to Le Village a couple of times within the last years, so this review is not just based on one night.
I think it's hard to fail as a restaurant at this beautiful spot, the Place du Chateau in Haut-De-Cagnes. The view is amazing and it's worth going there just to enjoy the setting of the sun or to watch a few locals play a round of boule at night. But that is just the location, you can have the very same experience at all other restaurants there. Sadly, the owners don't really make something out of it. The food they serve is neither exceptional good nor typical Provencal cuisine. It's more a bland mix of what tourists may like - Burgers, Pasta, Steak and even Thai dishes are on their menu. None of the dishes really exited me, the Thai dish (noodles with prawns, covered in soy sauce) was even below average. No Thai takeaway in a bigger city of your choice would get away with a meal like that, especially not when charging € 15 per portion. I tried the burgers as well and they are actually quite good, but that's about it. The rest is average, nothing to get thrilled about. What really bugs me about this place is the funny mood there. As I said, I've been there a couple of times within the last years and it was always the same. You can't get rid of the feeling that it's just about making money. Sure, all restaurants want to make money, fair enough, but you should at least get a bit of a feeling that it's not just about money but also about passion for food or hospitality, no? Especially when you spent € 90, € 100 or more there a night. I never had that feeling there, it was actually quite the opposite. If you sit too close to the entrance you can really feel intimidated by waiters (and the omnipresent owner) standing there, waiting for new customers to come. The one thing that really keeps me away from there is their two-column-price-list for drinks. If you go there just to have a drink, you should be prepared to pay more after 9 pm for the very same drink you ordered earlier. A Heineken, which is normally € 6, so definitely too expensive already, is € 8 then. No kidding.
I'm pretty sure they will be packed in Summer nonetheless, as there are always enough tourists who don't care, but I'm definitely not one of them anymore.
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