The former Restaurant Mantel, a Cannes fixture among the privileged elite, is now Table 22. Head chef Noël Mantel remains in charge and the prime location is also the same, at the gateway into Le Suquet, the picturesque historic old quarter of Cannes much beloved for the winding and scenic Rue St Antoine. The change of name is accompanied by a welcome change in look and ambiance. The restaurant has expanded into the formerly adjoining property, providing much needed additional space and seating that overlooks the street. Gone is the outdated and slightly fussy traditional Provençal décor, replaced by stylish contemporary fittings that are sophisticated and attractive. Location and setting are perfectly suited to a buzzworthy crowd and entertaining people watching.
Chef Mantel's Provençal cuisine is based on exquisite ingredients and sourcing, matched with expert culinary technique. Aromatic herbs, kitchen garden produce and savory meats are highlights of almost every selection: recent examples include delicate fried zucchini flowers, potatoes sauteed with chorizo, and black truffled risotto with a rich veal sauce. The menu changes according to the season, the market and the chef's inspiration. The wine list is substantial, with selections at both the moderate and premium ends of the spectrum. Pairings are suggested for most of the set menu items. Service is accomplished to very high and very French standards.
Superb location, elegant and sophisticated style and elite kitchen talent elevate Table 22 to the top of the list of Cannes fine dining experiences.