Chic Et Simple!
With so many restaurants concentrating on multiple small plates and sharing dishes it comes as a genuine pleasure to discover an eatery that’s as generous with its portions as it is in its welcome and relaxed, friendly vibe. Cuivre (French for copper) has garnered itself an enthusiastic following of francophiles since chef Michael Wendling (ex 3-Michelin star Georges Blanc) opened the doors on this affordable, country-style southern French bistro. But don’t expect gingham and rusticana, au contraire, Cuivre features an eminently polished and contemporary interior of warm timber, polished concrete, subdued lighting, and of course, plenty of copper, with a soundtrack that covers everything from modern jazz to Gainsbourg and menus courtesy of iPad.
Those seeking classics like terrine de campagne, duck gizzard salad, moules, and foie gras (served with cherries) will be delighted by the simplicity and focus on quality, but the more adventurous score with an intensely rich lobster risotto, delectably tender cochon noir pork chop and La Volaille Bresse chicken with mashed potatoes and garlic confit foam. Leave space for the house fries (served in a brown paper bag), and of course a tarte or two for pudding... citron, fraises, whatever is seasonal. Eh voila, chic et simple.