One of the reasons we bought a place in Eze Bord du Mer is because of the handful of exceptional local restaurants within walking distance. One of the gems is La Bananarie, a very special courtyard restaurant situated between 2 ancient buildings on the coastal road that runs along the Côte de Azur. Though I can't find information to verify this, I've heard that bananas used to be grown here and in nearby Petite Afrique. So I always wonder if this building, from which the restaurant takes it's name used to actually be a place for processing bananas in some way?
I've written about The Bananarie before, emphasizing it's exotic decor.
But when we went there for lunch the other day, I realized there is so much more to this unique spot. Everything about the food, setting, views, and service just allows you to completely relax. It's run by 2 brothers who grew up in Eze, I'm sure they spent a lot of time running along the Nietzsche Trail that connects the Med to the Alps.
They offer a refreshing menu of fresh juices. Tulum, a combination of orange and pineapple is my favorite. Mr. Splendid loves the Delhi Special made with grapefruit juice, strawberries and mint, SO refreshing. They also serve wines, beer, teas and coffee.
As you sip your beverages, if your eyes aren't glued to the amazing cliff rising behind you, you will probably enjoy contemplating rich patina of the walls that frame this garden paradise.
The whole setting is in and amongst a lush gardens which includes herbs that they pick to add to the meals and drinks as needed.
All of this is intertwined with exotic details that move you into a zen state of mind.
Along with all of that, the brothers whip up the most delicious, fresh, healthy meals. I ordered the grilled chicken which came with a variety of inspiring salads, I can't wait to experiment with some of these culinary notions. The chickpea salad had a marvelous punch of cumin, and the carrot salad was complimented with shredded coconut and orange sections. Look at how lovely that little salad is in the endive leaf, a mix of sliced radishes, celery and some greens with a light vinaigrette, it couldn't be more simple, and doesn't it look fresh and inviting on the plate?
So if you find yourself in our little section of paradise this summer, driving between Nice and Monaco perhaps, do swing by the Bananarie for a delightful respite,