Toulon - Eating
In Provence, just walking around the hills and fountains will give you a good idea of what to expect in the restaurants. Scents of thyme, rosemary and fresh vegetables in olive oil hang in the air. It is above all simple food. A little tapenade (purée of olives) on some bread, a glass of rosé wine and some marinated and grilled peppers are enough to make the author of this guide wax lyrical. Specially when it is being eaten beside a fountain, in the shade of some plane trees, in the heart of Toulon.
L’eau À La Bouche
L’eau À La Bouche means mouth-watering, which is exactly right for these classic Provençal dishes. The restaurant lies strategically at the harbour entrance, next to the Tour Royal. Maritime décor.
Chez Mimi is an african restaurant serving excellent couscous. After trying it here, it’s easy to see why couscous has become the most popular dish in France after “steak-frites”.
Le Jardin Du Sommelier
This place serves classic Italian-Provençal flavours with Parmesan grilled artichoke and figs in almond to mention a few. Extensive wine list. All in a delightful, almost kitschy, décor in orange and ochre. Count on spending at least 50 euro.
Aïoli, deep-fried small fish and all sorts of other good things from a former seafarer. The restaurant is a long-standing favourite place in Toulon.
Le Petit Prince
The street address means ”street of humility”. You could hardly be anything else, faced with these wonderful Provençal fragrances. Small, but a cordial place.
La Feuille De Chou
Olive oil on your plate and olive trees above your head. At least if you choose a table in the small shady square.
Al Dente serves pasta at reasonable prices. The décor is colourful, luminous and modern. There is a terrace in front of the restaurant perfect for enjoying sunny days.