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“Disappointing yet charming”
Review of Sense - CLOSED

Sense
Price range: $23 - $47
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We have imagined a 100% organic restaurant, a unique place in Nice where both the joy of tasting and the protection of the environment and the collective and individual health are combined. In a smart and elegant venue, Chef Alessandro LA BELLA creates very gourmet menus, only composed of products coming from the organic agriculture. The Chef’s permanent search for marrying the alchemy of the 5 senses with the founding rules of both the French and Italian gastronomy , will drive you to emotionnally experiment a singular cuisine inspired from local and regional recipes, mainly priveleging fishes and vegetables. With our team, discover this new ‘SENSE’ experience of a bio-gourmet cuisine.
Reviewed November 11, 2012

Having read the many positive reviews here our expectations were high when we arrived at Sense, situated near the centre of Nice's Place Massena.

Unfortunately we had reserved a table a week in advance, seucuring us a table in the fully booked restaurant.

We chose the 38€ menu and were immediately treated with a small appetizer in the form of a bland succhini-soup, sprinkled with dried lavender leaves.

For starters we chose snails in garlic sauce and squid.

The snails were plucked from their houses and perched atop a small piece of utterly tasteless, boiled potato alongside a sad attempt at a red wine reduction, that did little to add to the experience.

The "squid salad" turned out to be marinated squiq that was tasty, but most likely not fresh, served with a tiny bowl of du puy lentils with vinegar.

The white wine was excellent.

It took more than an hour from our arrival till our main-courses were on the table. Three steaks and a risotto with scallops.

The steak was supposedly organic filét, but had the qualities of a cheaper cut, it was incorrectly prepared, well-done, not medium-rare, chewy and tasteless served ontop of mashed potatoes with truffle - I found three pieces of nearly raw potato. The garniture was hopelessly bland onions and leeks.

Of all the disappointments, the risotto was the worst. It tasted like porridge, the scallops were dry and the rice used were not risotto rice.

The restaurant has two windows in the floor, allowing the guests to view the kitchen, and once I started watching the "chefs" work, the source of the problem became clear.

Perhaps the regular chef was ill this evening. The people in the kitchen were obviously amateurs with little or no experience. They worked at a very slow pace, mixed fresh vegetables and raw meat, licked their fingers and had no concept of how to handle their tools and workstations.

My desert consisted of slices of pear boiled in red-wine, again bland and uninteresting. The cheese was good.

After complaining about the risotto, which was especially atrocious, the staff gave us a bottle of good white wine, which was a nice gesture.

The decor was beautiful and well thought through, the staff was friendly and smiling, and did their best to compensate for the shortcomings of the kitchen.

We ended up paying a total of 208€ for four people, not exactly cheap by French standards, but reasonable, had the standard been higher.

It's difficult not to be sympathetic to the all-organic concept of the place, and the waiters deserve much credit for their attentiveness.

All in all it was a disappointing experience and I'm happy we opted for Le Bistro Gourmand and their 2012 Wine Special for my girlfriend's birthday three days earlier.

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Thank Christian B
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Reviewed November 4, 2012

We had checked on Trip Advisor and found this restaurant; we were not disappointed. We had a lovely evening here, fantastic food and lots of extra little touches that really made the experience. It is worth booking as this is a very popular restaurant. The 38 euro menu was very good value. Being a vegetarian there was only one choice...but it was delicious!

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Thank MoneyPenny548
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Reviewed November 2, 2012

We have just finished a fantastic evening here. Booked late this afternoon for a table, having read Trip Advisor reviews. Am a bit full and a bit tired, so report will probably be brief, but we had a really superb meal here. Three courses for €38 and we really couldn't believe how it was such good value. I had a delicious pumpkin soup with lobster, scallops risotto and a green tea creme brûlée. We were given an amuse bouche to start with, and had aperitifs, bottle of wine, bread and plenty of water. Total bill was €207 for four of us. Exceptional value for really excellent food - I would happily have paid more for it. Portions were well-sized, yet I ended not being able to finish my pudding! The service was fantastic - warm & friendly, yet courteous and professional. Really loved it here and would happily come back again. An added bonus is that it is all organic food, I understand, but not with any of the pretention that often accompanies such establishments! A real unexpected treat.

1  Thank MO02MEL
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Reviewed November 1, 2012

6 friends and I decided to treat ourselves to a special meal on the last evening of a brief trip to Nice. We booked a table at Sense on the basis of TripAdvisor's high ratings, and were not disappointed.

We all had the 38 euro three course menu, which proved to be very good value. The food was beautifully presented and exceptionally tasty, and the service attentive and friendly, with staff happy to converse in French or English. The attention to detail and pace of service made the evening a wonderful dining experience which we would heartily recommend.

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Thank Anne R
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

We chose to visit Sense for lunch on a flying visit to Nice and were not dissapointed. Arriving as it opened for lunch we were warmly welcomed and well looked after as the place filled up. The menu options were attractive but we only wanted a small lunch so ordered a la carte. The fish of the day (sea bream) and squid with harisots were close to perfect. This is a restaurant that deserves the plaudits and futire success, we will return when we can

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3  Thank sparky_112358
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