La Palme d’Or, Cannes, 10/19/17

exterior
exterior

La Palme D’Or is a 2 star Michelin in the lovely Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez.  There is a separate door and elevator to access the restaurant or you can get there from the hotel lobby.  Cannes is a short train ride from Nice, if you do not wish to stay there. We were there for lunch on a beautiful day and so were treated to a terrance seat overlooking the stunning beach, blue water and multiple yachts view.  I’m not generally an outdoor seating lover but this would change anybody’s mind.  Not a bug, a wonderful breeze and a great canopy for shade perfectly compliment the view.  Service is most attentive and helpful as well as friendly.  The menu is presented in the form of a cube with the various tasting menu options on each of the 6 sides and a pullout page of a la carte options.  

hotel exterior
hotel exterior
outside door
outside door

 

At lunch there is also a 4 course menu with 3 savory theme choices, each presented in 3 ways and 3 sweet theme choices, each presented in 2 ways,  that also includes a 1/2 bottle of wine and coffee for just 78 euros.  We chose for one of us to have white and the other red wine and they were happy to split it between us.  In fact, they topped off as needed during the meal, which is a really nice touch.  It is a great deal and an excellent way to sample their cuisine.  The focus of all the menus is local Mediterranean foods.  Tables are appointed with lush linen napkins and cloths, very comfortable chairs and are well spaced.

entrance from inside the hotel
entrance from inside the hotel
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
interior
Frankie played in the hotel lobby
Frankie played in the hotel lobby
interior
patio
interior
patio
patio view
patio view
interior
patio looking toward interior
Frankie liked the menu box
Frankie liked the menu box
Spiny Lobster menu
Spiny Lobster menu
Lamb menu
Lamb menu

Pigeon menu

Vegetarian menu
Vegetarian menu
local menu
local menu
tasting menu
tasting menu
tasting menu
another menu
A La Carte menu
A La Carte menu
lunch special menu
lunch special menu
Frankie found a table of orchids
Frankie found a table of orchids

 

 

We started with a couple glasses of rosé champagne from their champagne cart.  It was a nice pour and seemed fitting for the setting.  Before you even order snacks start arriving at the table.  Some ultra thin crisps (some with cumin seeds),  goat’s milk blue cheese in a biscuit and a fish ball covered in paprika.  Everything was quite good but I particularly liked the first two.

interior/champagne cart
interior/champagne cart
champagne
champagne
crisps one with cumin seed
crisps one with cumin seed
Frankie wondered about the table sculpture
Frankie wondered about the table sculpture
presentation
presentation
fish ball with paprika;
fish ball with paprika; Swiss chard and ricotta fritter
goat cheese on a stick, crisp with spread
goat cheese on a stick, crisp with spread

 

Focaccia bread is rolled out next, soft and fresh one slab is covered with herbs and the other plain.  They are served with olive oil but really don’t need to be dipped.  Both were wonderful.

serving house focaccia
serving house focaccia
olive oil
olive oil
cut pieces
cut pieces
Frankie posed with the wooden statue
Frankie posed with the wooden statue

 

The Bouillabaisse Inspiration menu started with wild fish broth with sea urchin. The broth was like a rich cream broth except it was seasoned with lime and quite tart.  It was an interesting mix of flavors.

Bouillabaisse inspiration, first service
Bouillabaisse inspiration, first service
wine
wine

The Creative menu started with grilled octopus and potatoes in their skin.  It also included some potatoes stuffed into a bit of squid.  It was very good.

Creative: Grilled octopus and potatoes in their skin
Creative: Grilled octopus and potatoes in their skin
inside
inside
Frankie found some other cats
Frankie found some other cats

 

The bread tray was next with 4 options.  I chose the round brioche which was very nice and really buttery.  The smaller set of rectangles piled on each other was an orange blossom bread that was not as good.  Squid ink bread was the other rectangle and I didn’t try it.

bread choices
bread choices
breads
breads
they were friendly
they were friendly cats

 

The second Bouillabaisse course was red mullet with fennel and toast and a shellfish sauce.  It was tender, tasty with the fish cooked perfectly.

Bouillabaisse Inspiration: Second service
Bouillabaisse Inspiration: Second service
closer
closer
other side
other side
underneath
underneath

wine

The Creative second course was young pigeon and Swiss chard.  It also included some turnip and was very nice.

Creative: Young pigeon and Swiss chard
Creative: Young pigeon and Swiss chard
other side
other side
closer
closer
Frankie posed in the mask
Frankie posed in the mask

 

The last part of the Bouillabaisse was a squid, tomato and egg with bottarga.  A thin squid ink cracker topped it off.  All the tastes blended well for good flavor combinations.

presentation
presentation
Bouillabaisse Inspiration: Third service
Bouillabaisse Inspiration: Third service
closer
closer
closer
underneath

The Sardine Tart finished the creative menu.  It was an amazing pastry crust topped with super fresh and strongly flavored sardines.  It was topped with a fruity tapenade, possibly from olive oil,  and didn’t really come off fishy at all.  The sardines were set in an attractive brown sauce.  It was good.

Creative: Sardine tartlet
Creative: Sardine tartlet
closer
closer
Frankie played on the "spot" cover
Frankie played on the “spot” cover

 

The orange and pumpkin sweet choice started with in velvety, grilled gourd seed, crispy brioche and the freshness of blood orange sorbet.  It was very nice.

Orange and Pumpkin: In velvety, grilled gourd seed, crispy brioche, freshness of blood orange
Orange and Pumpkin: In velvety, grilled gourd seed, crispy brioche, freshness of blood orange

closer

The Chocolate sweet started with The rock, with chocolate and strong coffee flavor.  It was a chocolate ball, like an almond roca, with coffee cream.  The cream was really creamy and luscious – a two yum here.

presentation
presentation
Chocolate: The rock, with chocolate and strong coffee flavor
Chocolate: The rock, with chocolate and strong coffee flavor
closer
closer
Frankie loves flowers
Frankie loves flowers

 

Some extra treats came before the second part of dessert. A chocolate triangle with cream was sweet, delicious and crispy.  A light caramelized sugar covered a pineapple tart and an orange one.  The flavors for both were quite intense.

extra treats
chocolate and tarts
closer
closer
Frankie and
Wonderful waiter Axel and Frankie

 

The second part of the orange selection was caramelized custard cream, poached pumpkin in orange juice.  It was like a brulee and very good.

Orange and Pumpkin: Caramelized custard cream, poached pumpkin in orange juice
Orange and Pumpkin: Caramelized custard cream, poached pumpkin in orange juice
closer
closer
inside
inside

The Chocolate second was Alliance with caramel, delicate and creamy, freshness of coffee.  It was squared of chocolate cake with caramel squirts accompanied by great coffee ice cream.  Another yummy option.

Chocolate: Alliance with caramel, delicate and creamy, freshness of coffee
Chocolate: Alliance with caramel, delicate and creamy, freshness of coffee
closer
closer
Frankie checked out the drink cart
Frankie checked out the drink cart

 

With coffee came caramels and nougat – both excellent.

caramels and nougat
caramels and nougat
Frankie sniffed the coffee
Frankie sniffed the coffee
Frankie checked out their gift
Frankie checked out their gift

 

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