The main branch of Astoux--on the corner, just a few doors down--is packed to the gills. You could wait 45 minutes for a table at the boisterous seafood restaurant. Surely, so many people cued up for a seat can't be wrong. Or, you could walk three doors down to their much quieter sister outpost and get seated immediately.
Your seafood antennae rise up. If they have the same name, and they share the same menu, suppliers and kitchen, why is the other place not crowded? You're hungry. Go.
You are seated right away, outside or in. The waiters speak English. They bring you bread, mayo, and whelks right away. Drinks and the main course can seem to take some time. Perhaps the communal kitchen gives preference to the main branch? But the food is delicious. Fresh seafood, well prepared. No, it's not a bargain. But you're in Cannes. You didn't come here for a bargain, and you didn't come here for sketchy fish. You came here for a good meal in town, and that's what you've got.
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