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“A new experience that makes you question what you see...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Aphrodite

Aphrodite
10 Boulevard Dubouchage, 06000 Nice, France
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Ranked #210 of 1,413 Restaurants in Nice
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Located on Boulevard Dubouchage in Nice, Restaurant Aphrodite combines a potent mix of vibrant energy, exciting nouvelle cuisine and seriously stylish customers to create what has become one of the most innovative restaurants in town. Popular with a chichi corporate crowd during the day and discerning diners at night, the modern Mediterranean dining room is dressed in burnt orange and cream colours, and is decorated with contemporary artworks, sleek chairs and lemon-hued lighting. The kitchen at Aphrodite is renowned for its bold cuisine, and signature dishes include the fillet of beef roasted with pine needles and served with apple mashed potatoes; the pigeon roasted with cumin and rosemary served with Chantenay carrots; and the fillet of Saint-Pierre roasted with liquorice, pistachio nuts, purple artichokes and lemons.
Playa Blanca, Spain
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“A new experience that makes you question what you see...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

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.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Only Presentation”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

We have visited many Michelin Star restaurants, this one was a disappointment. The service was only OK and the food concentrated only on presentation and not taste. The appetizer of escargot looked very impressive with the dry ice flowing out of the end of a moss log covered in escargot that were minced and deep fried in a corn ball. The shells were stuffed with garlic butter batter that was baked and neither had any flavor. We wanted this restaurant to be fantastic but it wasn't. The amuse bouche was thin slices of octopus amongst a tomato mayo on a brown colored gelatin. All of these flavors were nondescript. Michelin needs to consider this choice again as it appears to have fallen from grace. The wine selection was good and the main courses were above average but again, we traveled to a Michelin Star restaurant for fantastic not just OK.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Liverpool UK
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Dont say you were 'nt warned!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

This is a pretentious place purporting to break new ground in modern cuisine. Our view based on having eaten there recently is that it serves awful food and charges anything upwards of 40 euros per person.The amuse bouche brought at the start tasted ghastly and was unrecognisable. The main courses include octopus and beef which they grandly claim has been cooked for 14 hours by which time it was nearly black in colour and seemed to have lost all taste.There is no a la carte avaialable- only two other set menus at about 60 and 100 euros ,which could present an extremely risky proposition.

Visited September 2012
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acqui terme
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Terrible service!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

We had dinner on Saturday night at the restaurant,
We were very happy because was the first time for my partner and we were very excited to try the kitchen of this innovative restaurant!
We chose the Revolution menu. The food was very original, well presented and the explanation given for each plate was professional. In conclusion we appreciated the food.
BUT the service was absolutely terrible and not acceptable for a 1 star Michelin restaurant,
We get at the restaurant at 8.45 pm , we finish our menu at 1.10 am,because we give up,
We paid at the counter because we were fed up!

We will not come back to this restaurant!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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“Awesome experience for our anniversary!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012 via mobile

A unique experience. Aphrodite is a great place for a special occasion that won't soon be forgotten. The Revolution menu will amaze you and the staff is very friendly making this one of the most fun Michlien star restaurants I've been to.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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