We had dinner at Aphrodite's restaurant in Nice to celebrate our anniversary. We wanted to try something new that would leave a lasting impression, and yet have a romantic atmosphere. After reading earlier visitors' reviews, and considering the restaurant's Michelin star, our expectations were high and when sitting down with the menu we quickly realized that we had no choice but to go for the most impressive (90 Euro) Course: "The Revolution", a 10+ course consisting of small portions of everything you wouldn't expect at the first glance of the plate.
Our favorites were "the egg" (not really an egg obviously, but we don't want to give it all away here) which we will never forget, an excellent strawberry sorbet (really one of a kind) made right by our table by something as simple but yet delicious as strawberries and nitrogen and the full taste of the 2 "drops" of meat. Other quite different servings included for instance a chocolate desert with wasabi spice, chorizo ice cream in a seafood soup and a spoon of taste, "cooked" by our table with nitrogen; cold, tasteful and crispy.
The owner of the Aphrodite's restaurant was for sure one of a kind, full of energy and a charming entertainer who when presenting the dishes really got everyone's attention.
The negative aspects were maybe due to our high expectations. We missed a dish with a bit more substance, even if "Revolution" is a "tasting menu", we would have like to have some plate that would have been more of a "main course". Also, the restaurant visit probably would have been a greater experience if we hadn't have to wait so long between each course (were there for almost 4 hours), if the "flow" was higher. Also, we wouldn't say that any of the dishes was superb, different yes, but not delicious.
So: go there for the experience. When it comes to the food we enjoyed trying new combinations, were intrigued that we never knew what to expect, but no dish was when it comes to the taste alone, excellent. Other Michelin restaurants in Nice, such as Keisuke Matsushima, was for us much more satisfying tastewise.
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