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“Fantastic food not to be missed!”

Ma yucca ~Restaurant Franco-Japonais~
Ranked #55 of 1,983 Restaurants in Nice
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $52
Cuisines: French, Japanese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed February 25, 2014

Very creative food and the presentation is beautiful. Service is really good and please try everything on the dessert menu! We ate here 3 times during our 4-day stay!

1  Thank Doris168
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Reviewed February 18, 2014

We recently had a couple of dinners at this restaurant and really enjoyed the experience. We had no previous experience of Japanese cooking so had no idea what to expect. The starters are worth taking some time over, especially try the plate of triple dishes.The choice of dishes for each course is small which is a good sign and the quality is high. Three courses are offered for 30 Euros which is not particularly cheap but is well worth it for the quality. It is a small friendly, family run restaurant that looks unpretentious from the outside but welcoming on the inside. because it is small reservations are essential. Overall, a very good eating experience and one that left us wanting to explore Japanese cooking more.

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Thank platoCoventry
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Reviewed January 30, 2014

I have been searching for an authentic Japanese restaurant in this region, but have previously found only bland no-personality sushi bars or over-priced and over-rated 'fusion' restaurants..

Until, we dined at Ma Yucca!

It is a small unpretentious restaurant (maybe 10 tables seating 2 diners each), decorated in a subtle Japanese way with homewares from their shop across the road, traditional linens, and Japanese postcards. We chose to arrive at an earlier time (7pm) and by the time we left a few hours later the restaurant was mostly full, so I recommend making a reservation. There was lovely Japanese music playing in the background (not too loud to interrupt our conversation), which changed to lounge music as the evening progressed and the restaurant got busier. And for those who haven't yet mastered how to use chopsticks, there were chopsticks plus knives and forks at each place setting to avoid the embarrassment of asking for them :)

We were greeted warmly and offered aperitifs and the waitress also bought us scallop and vegetable gyozas as appetizers. We chose the €30 dinner menu each, consisting of a starter, main dish, bowl of rice and dessert. The selection was 3-5 items per course, and as I am not a fish or shellfish eater there were still enough for me to choose from.

I sampled a tasty champagne cocktail with ginger syrup - a refreshing discovery. We both chose the trio of Japanese vegetables for starters and it was delicious without being overpowering in taste. The trio consisted of pumpkin cubes (steamed), grilled aubergine and mushrooms.

I chose pork cutlet tonkatsu and it was superb. Delicious seasoned and crusted pork cutlets, served with a tartare sauce and perfectly cooked vegetables (snap peas, corn, pumpkin puree). My serving was large for the pork compared to other Japanese restaurants I have dined at. My partner chose duck and it was deemed tasty also. Both mains were served with rice.

There were 4 options for dessert, but we both chose an assortment plate with a sample of desserts. A green tea roulade filled with chocolate mousse and raspberry sauce, a rum and vanilla pannacotta with kumquat compote and a hazelnut crème brulee. The roulade was spongy as it should be but to be honest I couldn't taste green tea at all. Also, the pannacotta lacked any distinctive rum/vanilla flavour and the crème brulee lacked hazelnut flavour. However, the brulee 'crackle' topping was exactly as it should be, and the pannacotta and brulee (whilst slightly flavoured) had fantastic whipped textures.

Service was attentive and friendly, and the restaurant has a nice relaxed ambience. The restaurant toilet was up 3 steps so bear this in mind if you are restricted in mobility.

We finished our meal with some sake and coffees.

Our bill came to just under €100 which was for one ginger cocktail, 2 starters, 2 mains, 2 Asahi bottled beers, 2 desserts, one warm sake (6 small servings) and 2 coffees. A few things to note: Even though the menus were €30 each, some dishes had supplements (e.g duck was additional €4 and dessert assortment was extra €2). Also, the coffee prices seemed more pricey than regular but note that they are served in Japanese teacups which are larger than average espresso cups so the prices are fair.

A really enjoyable evening, we highly recommend Ma Yucca.

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3  Thank ARiviera
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

A small, friendly, family-owned restaurant. Very small and rather unprepossessing from outside, step inside and the welcome is warm and the menu varied and delicious. We each started with a (different) soup. Each was very good but also very substantial. A two course dinner for four including a couple of beers and a bottle of wine came to 90eu which seemed extremely reasonable.

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Thank James G
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

We really enjoyed our meal here very much. Most of the dishes here are on the small side (typical Japanese style), so if you like big, filling meals, this is probably not the place for you. If you like Japanese-French fusion, this is a good place to come. Overall, the quality is high and it justifies the price. Expect a minimum of 40 euro per person. I would return here if I'm back in Nice, otherwise, if I lived here, it would be for the 'occasional splurge'.

The place is small and popular so make a reservation. The atmosphere is very nice and the decor is very Japanese right down to the napkins and all the little dishes. The staff are Japanese. All 3 are very friendly and speak French (one even speaks English). Service was very good. There are two seatings: 7/7:30 and 9/9:30. We had the early seating. It does get a little hectic between seatings, but otherwise it's very tranquil.

The menu is not very extensive, but there are still plenty of choices. We chose to do the 30 euro course meal. We both ordered different things and shared everything. Everything was delicious. For starters, we ordered the vegetable trio and the carpaccio of sea bream. We loved all it: the 'french fried' potato wedges, the plate of snow peas in a tasty soy/nut sauce, the pork gyozas (best I've had outside Japan), and the sea bream carpaccio. For the mains, we had the seared tuna sashimi and the salmon in a light soy dressing with ratatouille. The salmon was actually good sized and it was cooked perfectly. For dessert, we had the creme brulee and the creme anglais and both were delicious. They came with a citrusy fruit salad which was refreshingly wonderful. If we're in Nice again, I'd come here again. I want to try the steak tartare - it looked amazing. 4.5 stars

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Thank MTRose
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