A La Biche au Bois

A jolly, sometimes raucous, no-nonsense bistrot not far from the Gare de Lyon train station

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: Auberge du Sombral

A perfect gastronomic retort to those naysayers who insist that France's best gastronomic days are behind it.

Saint-Julien-du-Sault: Les Bons Enfants

A gastronomic restaurant and a separate bistrot in a set of restored 18th-century houses

Corneil

A delightful little bistrot with great meals, smiling service and well-priced wines

Cucuron: La Petite Maison

With chef Eric Sapet at the helm, La Petite Maison has become one of the best restaurants in the south of France.

Lyon: 126

The vibe is hip but relaxed, and there's some great modern art on the walls.

Bagnoles-de-l’Orne: Le Manoir du Lys

A stylish dining room with big cloud-style light fixtures, quietly hip table service and delicious fare

Yam’Tcha

A pleasant restaurant in a quiet street in the Les Halles district.

Sa.Qua.Na

Sa.Qua.Na is not only the motto of chef Alexandre Bourdas, but also a homonym for "fish" in Japanese (sakana).

Juan-les-Pins: Viva Llorca

Locally caught seafood has pride of place on brilliant chef Alain Llorca's menu.