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“An exquisite, truly delectable, lunch”

Le Pacha du Sloop - Chez Fifi
Price range: US$29 - US$65
Cuisines: French
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Description: Home Cook Speciality Fish And Sea Food
Reviewed 28 February 2013

The walk along the corniche, from Beaulieu sur / Mer to Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, is one of life's joys.
Mid-way, you pass the late David Niven's villa with its amazing, Mediterranean outlook. Down on the port lies a number of restaurants one of which is Le Sloop. It positions itself as a "Restaurant Gastronomique" and, judging by our lunch there today (28 Feb. '13), it most certainly is.

The menu du jour offered ample choice and we both had a salad of beautifully presented scallops: a line-up of three, gently sauced, with batons of green apple at one end of the elongated plate. A complementary panacotta Bon Bouche of 'fluffed-up' mozzarella & basil preceded it and positively set the seal.

My wife's fillet of gently poached sea bass was both elegant and imaginative. Amaginative in that it was topped with what looked like thin, sculptured, Chinese Prawn Crackers. But they were streets ahead. Here again, the saucing was a master stroke. The writer's cut of beef was cooked 'a point' - precisely as ordered. Back to the saucing again: super! Once more, sculpturing came into its own but on this occasion, it was fashioned from filot pastry. Warm goat's cheese, topped with seeds, nuts and candied orange peel arrived, unannounced. Dessert. Another triumph. A profiterole, filled with cream Anglaise, was accompanied by a boule of orange sorbet.

Chef/Proprietor Alain Therlicocq put all of this together and Mme. Therlicocq, single handedly, served it. Absolutely stunning, port-side value at Euros 32 a head, incl. service and the usual taxes. I take my hat off to them and, unhesitatingly, give them the coveted "'Barton Bon Viveur Table Napkin Award". With a bottle of Rosé and a half bottle of Badoit, the total, inclusive bill amounted to Euros 107. And despite it being a nippy yet bright Winter's day, with not too many people about, we nonetheless chose to sit on the terrace to enjoy, among other things, the bobbing, moored-up yachts just a couple of meters away.

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Reviewed 19 October 2012

We asked our hotel to book us a table. We needn't have bothered. We were the only ones in the restaurant the whole time we were there. This may explain why we had no issues with the service and Madame was only too happy to take us through the menu and explain the dishes to us. Nor was there any evidence of upselling going on. The food when it arrived was very good. Sautéed wild ceps for me (slightly too much olive oil) and scallops for my wife. Main course was grilled langoustine for me, which were excellent, and sea bass for my wife, also excellent. Washed down with a very nice Sancerre. Not cheap and possibly relying on historical reputation (most of the awards in the windows are circa 2003) however overall good food and a very enjoyable experience.

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Reviewed 7 October 2012

We thought it tried a tad too hard to be top class and that compromised its service, which was slow.

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Reviewed 31 August 2012

Bad attitude by the lady spoilt our evening from the start. The fact that the prices are ridiculously exorbitant is exacerbated by the small helpings and terrible rudeness. The food was ok, but the white wine, by the glass, was served with ice cubes in the wine. Just a totally bad experience.

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Reviewed 19 August 2012

As a regular of this delightful restaurant for years it never fails to impress. This hard working husband and wife team have run the restaurant for many years and it is one of the few originals still in business down on the port at St Jean Cap Ferrat, - why? because the food, service and location is absolutely stunning. The 32 euro menu is always fresh and utterly delicious as well as excellent value. Of course the location is also beautiful but we would not be tempted back again and again if the food was not superb.

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