Restaurants in Nice

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Previous components to this trip:
Singapore – London on British Airways BA16, A380 (December 2016)
Restaurant Review: Zedel
London – Nice on British Airways BA342, A320 (December 2016)
Apartment Massena on Booking.com

During my recent trip to Vancouver, I wrote restaurant reviews in one post. I intend to do something very similar here so hopefully you will find the summaries more useful than me writing individual postings on each restaurant.

I think broadly my experience of food in Nice was a good one. The normal way of doing things, I just wander around during the day. If there is a restaurant that looks interesting, I will look it up on TripAdvisor. If it has a 4* review, it generally go on my list of restaurants that I’m happy to go to.

A big note is that most restaurants did not take bookings. Initially I thought it was annoying because I needed a place to eat for New Year and didn’t want to end up with no where to eat. However, I needed have worried.

If you go early (i.e. 6pm) there was never any problem finding a table. Or if you are willing to wait, it is often not bad. There are also plenty of restaurants in Nice so don’t worry about not having anywhere to eat.

Asia Express

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What I’m not going to do is pretend that this is five star dining. Far from it. Cheap and cheerful. And it was open when I wanted to eat.

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La Favola

This was my final meal in Nice. And it comes highly recommended.

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When we arrived it was empty. I think I arrived at 6pm, but very shortly it started to fill up.

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Various anti pasti ready for serving

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Spaghetti aux Fruits de Mer (Seafood spaghetti )

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Pizza Capricciosa

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As we were leaving the cooks were just getting into the swing of things.

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This is definitely on my return list, when I come back to Nice.

La Pizza Cresci

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The restaurant was very empty, when I first walked by. My general rule is that the busier the restaurant, the better it must be. However, I tend to eat early – around 6-6.30pm and most locals tend to eat later (or maybe most people eat later!).

It is quite a big restaurant so it’s likely that there will be seats. And this is a pizzeria so the turnover is quite fast.

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The pizzas are actually served in halves not wholes. But the halves were sufficient enough for our party.

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Another place I would definitely return to.

Le Choucas

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This had a small entrance on the street front, but there was a nice area downstairs.

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As with most restaurants in Nice, it was empty when I first arrived. However,when I left, the whole restaurant was full and there were several groups waiting to leave.

The first course was a seafood soup course. Served with a side of bread, grated cheese and some garlic mayonnaise.

It really doesn’t look that appealing I must confess. I really thought I had made a mistake, but wow it was absolutely delicious. I would only say that it is really really rich so if you don’t have a huge appetite, this may wipe you out for the rest of your meal.

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Not 100% certain what this was!

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Nice steak!

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Side of fries and vegetables. This was a bit of a disappointment. The chips were a bit soggy.

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La creme brulee!!!!! Need I say any more?!

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Restaurant Asiatique Volonte

One day, on the way back from the station we saw this restaurant which had just opened for lunch so popped in. And it was a good decision.

For lunch it was only about €14.

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It was a normal buffet in many respects, but for the grill. You can select a whole series of raw foods and they will then grill it for you.

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Grilling all my seafood!!

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They all have a option to fry the food. But it’s not really that great. They added too much water so it didn’t end up tasting particularly good.

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They had a good mixture of Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine.

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There was some sushi, but I wouldn’t really describe this as Japanese as such.

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There was a huge cold seafood section.

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Deserts!!!!!!

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Ice cream!!!!!

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VIP’s Grill

This was New Year’s Eve dinner. Again, even going in at 7pm the place was almost empty.

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I think there were two tables occupied when we arrived.

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The only time I managed to have the traditional French dish of snails in garlic butter. Shame. I like this dish a lot!

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Pate with toast

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Cold shrimp salad

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If you don’t deal with bones very well, this is not a good one for you. Even if you are able to remove the meat carefully, you will end up with bones.

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This chicken dish was probably the best value of the dishes we had.

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This was probably the most disappointing dish. The piece of fish was sooo small!!!!

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Creme brulee. It wasn’t a patch on Le Choucas

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I’m sorry to disappoint all of you but yes, I also ate at McDonald’s. And yes… I loved it!!!

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