You'll likely find a lot of tourist restaurants serving traditional French food or Italian food in Nice, but our favorite restaurant was a little off the beaten path, about 20 minutes or so away from Vieux Nice. This restaurant can be a little pricey for dinner, as their main focus is seafood, but if you come during a weekday for lunch, the prix fixe menu is quite affordable. The quality of the meats and seafood were excellent, and the plating was very artistic too.
On a weekday, the lunch menu is 19€ for a starter & main course, or for a main course & dessert. Or it's 24€ for all 3 courses, which is a fantastic deal.
The decor of the restaurant reminded me of something out of Miami or Los Angeles, with its modern, minimalistic decor, a patio where you can eat outside if the weather is nice, and high ceilings and spacious layout.
- Salade tiede de lentilles et oeuf poché (Mushrooms, lentils and a poached egg) - This dish didn't sound very exciting and didn't look as appetizing, but it was delicious. The egg was perfectly cooked, and the mushrooms and lentils were flavorful and not salty whatsoever.
- Velouté de courgettes (Zucchini cream soup) - This was a decent amount of soup, and wasn't quite as heavy on the cream as some of the other veloutés that I've had in France. Paired with a little bit of mint, this was a great combination and a great start to the meal.
The fish & chicken were both super fresh, and some of the better main dishes that I've had in a restaurant in France.
- Suprême de volaille, févettes, caramel de soja et confit de chorizo (Chicken, fava beans and a soy glaze) - It's not super typical to see a lot of chicken on French menus, as the French eat more beef and duck, but this chicken was cooked perfectly. It was moist, the sauce was interesting with a soy glaze, but also made a little spicy with the chorizo. Kevin said this was his favorite chicken dish he had had at a restaurant in France.
- Filet de lieu, riz noir et beurre à l'orange (Fish, black rice and orange butter sauce) - The fish was delicious and perfectly flaky. I'm not sure how much butter they used in this dish (ignorance is bliss), but it was a delicious orange butter sauce that paired well with the black rice.
I loved all the other dishes, but the desert was definitely the highlight of my meal. Not only was it beautiful and displayed very artistically, but it was delicious as well. The description of the dessert on the menu in French was "Finger aux deux chocolat et banane caramélisee" which translates to finger of two chocolates and carmelized bananas. The chocolate base was a cross between a ganache and a cake, and quite dense -- almost like a brownie, but not quite as fudgy or dense. There was white chocolate mousse on top, and other pieces of crunchy milk chocolate sprinkled on the dessert. The caramelized bananas were 3 small slices of banana, so much less banana than I thought would come with the dessert but it was enough. We split this dessert, but I could have easily eaten a whole one by myself.
Overall, this was my favorite meal we had in Nice. The quality of the food, plating, service, and ambiance were all well worth the price for a weekday lunch. I'd definitely come back here on another trip to Nice. For a weekday lunch, I'd give this place 5 stars!
Address: 7, Avenue Georges Clemenceau, 06000 Nice
Telephone: +33 493 88 79 23
Open: Monday - Saturday 12 pm - 2:30 pm / 7 pm - 10:30 pm. Closed Sundays.
Reservations: Via LaForchette or via their website