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Concierge.com's insider take:
Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco worked under superstar Alain Passard at L'Arpège in Paris, one of the world's premier places for fresh vegetables, so it's no wonder that his Côte d'Azur smart-casual restaurant includes the words "from our garden" next to nearly every dish. Mirazur sits in a 1960s modernist pavilion elevated above the palms and bougainvillea of Menton—literally the last stop before Italy (the border is about 100 yards away)—with panoramic views of the town and its bay. In keeping with the chef's passion for seasonal ingredients, in high summer, eggplant and tomatoes feature heavily on the seafood-oriented menu, along with regional mushrooms. The lunch menu is a bargain, though the $80 Menu Tomates de Notre Jardin (dinner only) is also a stupendous value for a Michelin-starred restaurant, with grilled squid in a seafood broth and the catch of the day, as well as a tomato compote dessert. There's a slight feel of roughness around the edges in the setting: The building calls to mind a molded-concrete spaceship that must have looked great when it was first built, but now there are a few cracks in the surface and a bit of rust around the metal joints. The setting aside, the menu is inventive and compelling, making this a destination worth driving to the end of France for.Ralph Martin
Open Wednesdays through Fridays 12:15 to 2:30 pm and 7:15 to 10:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 7:15 to 10:30 pm, July and August.