Last weekend I went to the South of France for a worktrip. Hyeres is surrounded by beaches and water so what’s best to do? Have lunch at the beach of course! We enjoyed lunch at Le Mairas, close to the airport (Toulon-Hyeres). This sophisticated beach restaurant is beachy with a bold, colourful touch and design furniture. The garland of different lamp shades is fun and gives a warm ambiance at night.
We started with the Fritto Misto, a plate of fried seafood and vegetables with lemon marmelade. Very tasty and a nice starter to share with the whole table. Then I took the Tagliata de thon mi-cuit au sésame, tuna a la plancha with sesame seeds and balsamico on a bed of rocket. The tuna tasted fantastic, it was a bit sashimi style but a really nice combination with the balsamico and sesame seeds.
The wine was good, the staff was polite and the views were great, right in front of the sea with hills and islands behind. The only thing I can think of that was not good was the cappuchino, in France they can’t seem to do good coffee. But, that said, if you are looking for a nice place to lunch and relax this is your spot in Hyeres!
2 days later we enjoyed the closing picnic of the Hyeres Design Festival Neuf at le Marais. There was a dj and a nice buffet with good food. The atmosphere was wonderful, barefoot, enjoying the evening sun.
www.lemaraisplage.fr / open every day from 11 p.m. – 2 a.m. / reservations call: 09 54 12 72 09