Nice Restaurant suggestions
- FrancoYYZ Jul 2, 2008 10:00 AM
Hello i will be in Nice in the next few weeks.
I have been there on a number of occasions but usually cooked at home...
Does anyone have great restaurant recommendation?
Open to Michelin star restaurant to the smallest hole in the wall..
Okay, I'm going for the hole-in-the-wall, but it's a fantastic one: La Meranda, 4 rue de la Terrasse, not far off the strand and the market square. They have no phone and if you don't reserve, you won't get in; only ways are to write or to stop by. Be sure to try their courgettes...and their pasta pistou is out of this world!
Jouni La Reserve is a very good place on the higher end scale. It has 2 areas, a bistro on the first floor and upstairs is a more formal room. I've only eaten in the downstairs area but have been several times and it was superb each time.
In a more medium range I like Bistro Antione and La Tire Bouchon.
La Merenda is also a favorite for regional cuisine as is Acchiardo which is a family-run place in the old town. Neither one takes credit cards and they are both closed on the weekend.
I like L'Aromate and Le Diamant Noir in Nice. Keisuke Matsushima is the best of the starred restaurants. To the east try La Table du Cap in St-Jean-Cap Ferrat. Mirazur on the Italian border is as good as everyone says.
I've been meaning to write up a report of our trip to Nice as I have to thank Chef June for her recommendation of L'Ane Rouge. Wonderful seafood right on the old harbor...it was one of our favorite meals of our trip through the south of France (from Nice to Barcelona).
We tried to get into La Meranda on our first night but we were too late and they were full (we were in Nice over Easter weekend so that made things difficult). We ended up at Le Tire Bouchon, which was a really great re-introduction to being back in France...very good traditional food.
For lunch the next day did enjoy some socca at Nissa Socca. And on Easter we had a very lovely lunch at the Chateau Eze. I never see anything about this restaurant on this board (as opposed to the Chateau de la Chevre D'Or, which everyone recommends). My husband liked the look of the Easter menu at the Chateau Eze so I decided to take a chance... and I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised. It turned out to be one of the highlight meals of our trip. It was simply an enjoyable meal from start to finish.
I loved Nice and was sorry that we only spent a few days there. I hope to go back!
La Zucca Magica. Highly inventive vegetarian. Inexpensive and informal. A unique place, capturing the spirit of Nice. Nothing quite like it elsewhere. Chef is a well-known character.