Jacques Maximin was once one of France's most promising, inventive chefs. He quickly received two Michelin stars at three different restaurants. Fernand Adrià regards him as a mentor. Ten days ago he opened the Bistro de la Marine in Cros de Cagnes, just west of Nice. We went for dinner this evening. It is truly a bistro, with bistro ambience, cuisine and prices. Mme Maximin welcomed us and took our order, just as in the old days in Vence. He emerged occasionally from the kitchen to check the room and welcome friends. Linda had Carpaccio de Mulet and I had Salade de Haddock as starters. We shared a poached whole Barbue with beurre blanc and boiled potatoes as our main course. It was all very good and very bistro de mer.