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“Lovely, gourmand place”

Au Grand Inquisiteur
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $44
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed November 3, 2013 via mobile

Excellent place for a dinner, my best choice in Roquebrune/Menton area so far.
Care for menu, superb service, attention to details.
Reservation recommended. 5 min walk in the medieval village.

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1  Thank Catapaolo
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Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

Excellent food and wonderful service!!! One of the best meals ever had . Thoroughly enjoyed the beautiful setting of the restaurant and the service was one of the best ever experienced in France. Each meal is made to perfection!

1  Thank ronaBD
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

Roquebrune is a charming place. Ancient houses combined with narrow passageways, streets steps all add to it's character and charm. It really is a beautiful place and a stunning location.

However staying in beautiful Roquebrune might present you with a little difficulty, there are few restaurants and the ones there are are not the best. But, there is an excepetion! Au Grand Inquisiteur. If you only have one meal in Roquebrune have it here you won't be disappointed.

Recommended to me by the gentlemen in who's house is was staying Au Grand Inquisiteur is a gem. Set deep inside the hillside this almost cave like restaurant is quirky but beautiful. Run by a lovely husband and wife team you will undoubtedly receive a very warm welcome. The food choice is limited but exceedingly good. The quality of the cooking combined with the superb taste will leave you wanting to come back for more.

There is an equally small but again impressive wine list with a great choice of carefully selected wines.

The restaurant is small which adds greatly to the ambiance so booking is probably essential.

I have no doubt this charming restaurant is the best in Roquebrune and I look forward to returning as soon as I can.

Highly recommended.

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2  Thank SimonLichfield
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

My husband is a chef and is difficult to please when it comes to eating out in restaurants. Too often we find that kitchens are run by people who may call themselves chefs but (whether they know it or not) have no real clue about food; or that prices are ridiculously inflated for very mediocre fare. So, before our holiday this year, he carefully researched these pages looking for suitable places to eat. We were staying by the 1er Escalier - ie at the foot of the many many (200 plus I am guessing) steps up to Roquebrune Village - and Steve had checked out both Les Deux Freres and Au Grand Inquisiteur. The former he quickly rejected due to the poor reports about the Maitre d'. The latter he thought sounded promising and he told me there was only one poor review - by someone who had turned up late (a sin to anyone from my husband's restaurant background). So we climbed the steps last Sunday, found the restaurant (it is deep in the village, with steps to reach it, but there's no excuse not to find it as there's a very good village map in the main square next to the pizzeria), and read the menu with utter amazement. It looked fantastic - no funny combinations, just highly promising dishes with a choice of payment formulas (depending on how many courses you took) eg entree + main + dessert or cheese = €35, with service included. It looked SO too good to be true that I feared we would not get a table - and, when we did manage to book for last Tuesday, we were so worried about losing our table through lateness or accident that we arranged our whole day around getting there on time (we were on foot again).
And what a joy it was!!
The owner runs front of house singlehandedly - but does not miss a thing, and service was swift, friendly and efficient. He brought us delicious home made aperitifs (a red wine with citrus fruits), tapenade and toasts to start (on the house), and then I had the sumptuous and luxuriant frogs' legs gratin (flavoured with tarragon) to start, while my husband went into raptures over his rabbit tatin - made with delicate pastry, rabbit and aubergines. Then we both had the irresistible quail stuffed with cepes and foie gras. The chef - who I believe may be his wife, also working more or less singlehandedly (we are impressed) in the kitchen opposite - had boned out the entire bird (even the legs) and then filled it to the brim with delicious mushrooms, with the foie gras nestled deep inside. There wasn't a morsel we couldn't eat - no bone or gristle - and our plates were polished clean when the monsieur collected them. By the time we were ordering dessert - mine a very skilful layered chocolate creation, Steve's an exquisite grand marnier parfait - we were already asking if we could book again for Thursday. And, yes, there was room for us again - so we returned and tried the fish. Mine was an amazing dish of seabass (bar) with raviolis filled with fresh fennel, and a hint of orange. The best thing - equal with the quail - that I have eaten in years! Steve had a wonderful rich dish of monkfish, queen scallops and prawns in a rich creamy sauce with a pastry on top. Our starters had been a lovely salmon mousse for me, and, for Steve, foie gras cooked with quails eggs and sorrel. This time we shared a very light and sublime lemon tart and grapefruit jelly for dessert, then - English style - finished with cheese.
Bread is home-made - lovely tiny rolls that the monsieur makes, and wine inexpensive, with a good choice of full and half bottles and cheaper caraffes. We had a St Emilion with our quail (€22) and a Pouilly-Fume (€27) with our fish. Both were excellent. There is no cover charge, and no hidden extras, so you pay exactly what you expect from your chosen formula plus wine.
We unhesitatingly recommend this fantastic little restaurant (20 covers only) - don't pass up the chance to try it.

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4  Thank CarinLondon
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Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you fancy eating in a cave, set in the walls of an ancient village perched above Monte Carlo, then this is for you. An excellent restaurant, extremely well run, serving delicious food in a stunning setting.
Our favourite restaurant in the area, following the demise of the wonderful La Dame Jeanne, an experience that will rekindle your faith in the Côte d'Azur.

Thank Richard R
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