Heading to Nice in about three weeks for a long weekend. I've searched the board, but no recent postings, and older postings don't provide a lot of information.
I'm hoping for recommendations that distinguinsh one or more of the approx. 5-10 Michelin one-star restaurants in the city.
Any other recommendations would also be greatly appreciated.
Thanks very much.
I have spent very little time in Nice, and haven't visited many cafes there, however, I can recommend two of them.
In 2003, I toured with a French chef who was born in Lyon, worked in Cannes and elsewhere in France, then Chicago, and now has a cooking school here. Our group of 20 from the cooking school visited a group of cafes of varying formality on the Riviera, in Nice, Cannes, and Monaco.
We had a wonderful lunch at L'Ane Rouge, which, I recall, has one Michelin star, and is on the harbor in Nice. The website is anerougenice.com as I recall.
It has a terrific location near all the yachts, and dining outdoors is possible, weather permitting. We met the chef, who was kind enough to autograph menus for us. I forget what we ate, but it was splendid.
We also had a wonderful meal at Le Safari on the Cours Saleya, a few blocks inland. This is a more casual cafe, or bistro, but festive and enjoyable. We ate outside on a summer night, with other happy tourists and plenty of street entertainment, mimes, etcetera.
Le Safari serves pasta, seafood, salads, pizza, and is a delightful cafe, although it has no Michelin stars and is not much different from other similar cafes nearby. My dinner of Salade Nicoise, spaghetti with clams, and a carafe of cheap wine, was wonderful. The lady and I were treated well, and although we sat for hours, none of the cafe employees cared how long we stayed. It was the perfect place to eat, outdoors, on a muggy summer evening.
Website, I believe, is restaurantsafari.com
Although L'Ane Rouge is more formal, I would recommend either cafe to anyone. Best wishes.
re: Greg in Chicago
As you can see from the link below, both l'ane rouge and safari are on a list of thirty or so traditional nissarde restaurants. It would be a shame to go to Nice and not experience this unique micro-cuisine which has contributed so much to French culinary arts.
And finally you too will realize what is in a true salade nicoise (hint: not potatoes or green beans).