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“Its great to see enthusiastic young people at work”

Namibia Institute of Culinary Education
Ranked #4 of 128 Restaurants in Windhoek
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: the Namibian institute of culinary education (nice) is a restaurant and bar with a subtle sophisticated boutique atmosphere, modern yet stylish and comfortable. Besides being a commercial restaurant and functions venue, nice also serves as an active training ground for trainees honing their skills in the culinary arts and food & beverage service.
Sydney, Australia
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86 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Its great to see enthusiastic young people at work”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

NICE is more than just a "nice idea". It is high quality training in action - and in a goldfish bowl environment. Just about everybody you interact with or see (as the kitchen is in full view) is working towards a tertiary qualification in the food and beverage/hospitality industry. The food quality, the preparation and presentation of the food, the food delivery and overall service is very good. No expense has been spared in the restaurant infrastructure, tableware and décor. These students are working in a high quality environment and dealing with experienced international travelers who know the difference between good, average and poor.
I found the layout of the various dining areas a little odd. Some were quite noisy, others were almost sleepy and one I peeked into, where a private party was happening, was very atmospheric - even romantic. I would have liked to dine there, instead of the doddery "geriatric ward" we were put into. Being there, however, did nothing to spoil the food and service but ...........if near perfection is possible, a paying diner will always aspires to it!
I have remarked in my reviews of the NWR resorts in the Etosha National Park that it is a pity NWR does not get together with NICE to give graduating students an opportunity to put their skills to the test in a live way. The food and beverage quality in those 3 Etosha resorts is very ordinary.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank FulmerJohn
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officemd, officemd at Namibia Institute of Culinary Education, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Dear Guest
thank you for your detailed feedback, after your visit to nice. On your next visit, please let us know which diningroom you wish to dine in - everyone has their favourite - and we will do our utmost to ensure your request is honoured. We're pleased that you're pleased.
Kind regards, ALison
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
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“they may be learning but it's great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

This restaurant is the future of Namibia's cuisine, and it's in safe hands. Good food, well cooked,good wine list, reasonably priced, setting is lovely. The place and the service was great. I wouyld very happily eat there anytime.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Anne10max
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officemd, officemd at Namibia Institute of Culinary Education, responded to this review, November 5, 2013
Dear Guest
thank you for providing your seal of approval - all the way from the UK. We appreciate your kind review, and hope that you will visit us again, when next in Windhoek.
Kind regards, Alison
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Windhoek
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25 reviews
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“Nice Sushi Bar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Wow .. I thought I had tasted the best sushi .. but I have to say the sushi at the nice sushi bar was outstanding ..

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank kateyb64
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officemd, officemd at Namibia Institute of Culinary Education, responded to this review, June 28, 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you for visiting the nice sushi bar and saying it was 'outstanding'. Your feedback will be shared with our team, and we look forward to being of service to you in the future.
Kind regards, Alison
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Euro / Africa”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

After going nuts in Africa with the food and service, this place was a god send. Loved the food, service and atmosphere. Loved the pictures you can buy also!

  • Visited May 2013
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officemd, officemd at Namibia Institute of Culinary Education, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Guest
Thank you for you visit to 'nice' and for sharing your experience on Trip Advisor. It will be communicated with the team, who will be very happy their efforts met with your satisfaction.
Kind regards, ALison
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London, United Kingdom
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“insert your own "nice" pun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013

After almost 6 months in Africa, Nice was a refreshing, lovely place, pleasant staff, good value all round. Liked it a lot.

Visited April 2013
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officemd, officemd at Namibia Institute of Culinary Education, responded to this review, May 13, 2013
Dear Guest
We're pleased you had a good time - thanks for telling all on Trip Advisor. Please visit us again when next in Windhoek.
Kind regards, Alison
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