As I have lived in the Cote d'Azur for nearly 2 years I knew what to avoid while my sister and good friend were in town from the States in September 2012. We happened upon this gem while strolling through Nice and looking for a place to eat lunch that was not on the regular "tourist route". The food was so delicious and the waiter (who is also the owner as we later found out) was so charming and friendly that we decided to come back that same night for dinner with my husband and 2 year old in tow!
The truffle & gambas risotto was honestly the best I have ever had...and as my husband will tell you, I try the risotto at nearly every place we eat. The dessert was a molecular gastronomy delight…I have not come across this at all here in the south of France! The “menus” and formule offered plenty of food, the three ladies shared just 2 of these formules and were very satisfied (although I think we would have all eaten another bowl of risotto had it been put in front of us!). The rose that was recommended fit perfectly with our beautiful sunny day and the delicious, local and fresh fare that was being served.
When we returned at night we unfortunately did not have a reservation so had to wait a bit to be seated (the restaurant is very small but beautifully decorated). They got to us as soon as possible and we very much appreciated this, although dining with a 2 year old at nearly 10 pm our experience unfortunately started to go downhill quickly. I commend the staff and owner for the effort but we had to wait a very long time just to have drinks and our order taken. I would suggest that if you are going out with anyone that is impatient you still definitely need to visit this restaurant, but stick to lunch! If it had been myself and my husband or just out with friends it would have been mildly annoying to wait but somewhat expected as this is the norm here in the South of France. Dining with a 2 year old is quite different so that was unfortunate. The owner did run to the store down the street to get our daughter a lollipop in order to try to appease her, but by 10:30 she was inconsolable and we had to dash out.
All in all this is a place I would recommend to absolutely ANYONE visiting Nice. The prices are well in line with any standard tourist café but you will get so very much more than you could ever hope for in one of those places! The décor is beautiful, inviting and comfortable while maintaining a black and white elegance. I would definitely suggest reservations for dinner, especially on a weekend evening or any time during high season.
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