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Some Nice Places to Eat

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A travel journal to Nice by TianjinPaul

Quote: Food in Nice

Hippopotamus

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Restaurant | "Wallowing in bad food and bad service"

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For two or three days after eating at Hippopotamous on Avenue Jean Medecin, I kept asking myself just why I neither got up to complain nor simply walked out. After my girlfriend and I had lunch their one Saturday afternoon, we soon found ourselves debating if it was the worst meal either of us had eaten in France. My answer was strongly in the affirmative, whilst my girlfriend thought that she had perhaps once eaten somewhere worse - she has lived in France for four years though.Hippopotamous sets itself up as being a rather cosmopolitan eatery that specialises in some choice cuts of meat. It has very nice, very sleak decor and charges prices that you would expect to pay at a good restaura...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 31, 2011

Hippopotamus
58 Avenue Jean Médecin
Nice, Provence 06000
04 92 26 72 04

Brasserie Le Vendome

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Restaurant | "Not Particularly Presidential"

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Lunch with the president of my company is usually a rather lavish affair. I can still taste the wondrous lamb I ate at a bistro in Paris to which he took us. Therefore, when he announced that he was taking a trip to the Nice office and wanted to take us out for a special lunch, I began to get a little excited - there was no doubt in my mind that he would take us somewhere special. He chose Bresserie de Vendome on Place Grimaldi. However, it turned out to be one of the most disappointing meals I have eaten in France.The first problem with Vendome was the service. We arrived at a little after 14h30. So, we were a little late for lunch. We figured that this meant we would be able to be served...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 31, 2011

Brasserie Le Vendome
1 Place Grimaldi
Nice, Provence
04 93 16 18 28

Le Festival de la Moule

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Restaurant | "A Festival of Sea-Food"

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I have always been a massive fan of sea-food. And, ever since I visited a selection of ports in Normandy in the north of France whilst working on q sailing ship, I have appreciated French sea-food. Therefore, when moved to Nice, one of the first items on my to-do list was to enjoy some moules marineieres. My desire was heightened when I took my first stroll in Old Nice, where there are scores of restaurant that offer 'moules a volonte', all you can eat.There are so many restaurants serving sea-food in Old Nice that choosing one can be a difficult proposition. There are several that offer the simple option of moules frites 9mussels with French fries) and others that offer some slightly mor...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 30, 2011

Le Festival de la Moule
20 Cours Saleya
Nice, France
04 93 62 02 12

Restaurant La Claire Fontaine

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Restaurant | "The Back-Up Plan"

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I will begin this review by openly stating that Brasserie Claire Fontaine was very much a second choice. My girlfriend and I had arrived into Old Nice rather late and found the majority of restaurants rather full. This left us with a choice. We could wait it our for somewhere a little more glamorous or go for the simple option of the Brasserie. We opted for the second possibility. And, the Brasserie lived up to its billing as a second choice. It was far from terrible and offered decent value, but was by no means impressive.By far the biggest selling point for Brasserie Claire Fontaine is its location> It is next to the Claire Fontaine in a large square in the centre of Old Nice. This me...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 30, 2011

Restaurant La Claire Fontaine
3 Rue Centrale
Nice, France
04 93 80 42 72

Chez Juliette

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Restaurant | "Not Such a Warm Welcome at Juliette's"

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It was only on our second visit to Chez Juliet that my girlfriend and I actually managed to get something to eat. On our first visit, it was so busy that we were unable to find a table and the list of diners waiting to be seated was rather intimidating. Because of this experience, we assumed that when we returned – and actually found a table – we would be in for a treat. Sadly, it did not quite live up to our expectations.The first thing that strikes you about Chez Juliet is its style. In summer, the dining area is on a small, sloped terrace out side the front of the restaurant. The furniture makes absolutely no concession to this environment. The chairs and tables give the impression that...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 30, 2011

Chez Juliette
1, Rue Rossetti
Nice, Provence 06300
04 93 92 68 47

Crema di Gelato

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Restaurant | "Cream of the Gelateries"

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I am writing this review around two hours after eating at Crema Di Gelato. And, even after such an interval, I still feel the sense of longing that enveloped me after I finished my bowl of ice-cream. As I slurped down the last melted drops of my medium-sized bowl of Praline Crisp and Profiteroles, I wanted more. I still do. It was so good that I am not sure the craving will ever leave me.Crema Di Gelato is situated in Old Nice, to the side of the Palais De Justice and a few meters along the street from Wayne’s, one of the most popular bars in ice. My girlfriend and I were spending a lazy Sunday afternoon strolling around the old quarter of the city and decided to drop by for a scoop of som...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 10, 2011

Crema di Gelato
Old Town
Nice

Le Choucas

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Restaurant | "Fondu-licious"

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For many years, I was never really sold by the concept of ordering food that required you to cook it yourself. For example, whilst travelling in Jordan, I once ordered a dish called 'Chicken on the Rock' which was slices of raw chicken that needed to be cooked on a slab of hot rocks that were placed on the table in front of me. This proved to be by no means a bad dish, but it didn't really seem worth the extra effort of having to take care of the food myself. However, my opinion began to change when I moved the Far East. First, in Korea, I enjoyed the delights of Kalbi - pork ribs that you bbq on a grill that is cut into the table. Then, second, in China, I ate Mongolian hot-pot - a dish in which the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2011

Le Choucas
3, Rue Place Vieille
Nice, Provence

Stuzzico

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Restaurant | "The Best Pizza in Nice? Not Quite "

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The best pizza in Old Nice and some of the very best in the whole city. This was the description of Stuzzico offered by my girlfriend and one of her friends. Considering Nice was once part of Italy and is just a few minutes from the home of pizza by train, this was quite a statement as there certainly is plenty of competition in town. However, my lady-friend is not one for hyperbole. So, when she made such a claim, I took her seriously and decided that I should take her there for dinner (which was probably the objective of her making such a statement)We visited Stuzzico for the first time on a Sunday evening, when it was less than busy. At first, we sat inside to enjoy our food. However, i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2011

Stuzzico
4 Rue St Gaetan
Nice, Provence 06000
0493927042

Boros

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Restaurant | "Authentically Turkish"

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Having lived in Istanbul for the best part of six months, I am not unfamiliar with the delights of cuisine from the far end of the Mediterranean. Therefore, the cuisine at Boros - which blends Greek, Turkish, Armenian and even Bulgarian influences - was nothing particularly new. However, despite the familiarity, the food was surprisingly good and I felt as though I had been transported back to Distichal Caddesi in the bustling centre of Istanbul.I am always dubious when trying out restaurants in cities that have no obvious connection to the food on offer. There was some pretty awful Italian food in Beijing and some rather unimpressive Chinese food in Istanbul that taught me that it was bes...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2011

Boros
4 rue Dalpozzo
Nice, Provence 06000

Jeff de Bruges Chocolates

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Attraction | "Truly Chocolatey"

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After a very successful month at the office, I was out shopping in order to buy some gifts for my staff as a way to say "thank-you". I had already opted for a nice bottle of red wine for one member of my team and was a bit stumped as to what else I could for. Then, I stumbled passed the doors to Jeff de Bruges. I had seen the rather elaborate storefront and noted the ornate displays of confectionary on two or three previous occasions, but I had never ventured inside. So, on a whim and in search of the perfect thank you gift, I peeked through the doors. And, I am immensely glad I did as Jeff's proved to be a truly wonderful experience.The first thing that struck me when I entered the store...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 20, 2011

Jeff de Bruges Chocolates
40 Rue De France
Nice, France

Poco Loco

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Restaurant | "Crazily Good Food"

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Before we go any further, I suppose I should apologize for the truly awful title I affixed to this piece. However, I really, I could not resist such a delicious pun. My love of childish wordplay notwithstanding the food at Poco Loco was very impressive. Even though you would not imagine Nice to be the city you would find high quality Mexican food, I was very impressed with the spicy fare on offer.My girlfriend and I visited Poco Loco on a balmy Sunday evening and spent a very pleasant couple of hours sitting in the street-side terrace. However, Poco Lococ was not actually the eatery we intended to visit. We had been planning to visit a Middle Eastern restaurant - the rather good Boros - wh...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2011

Poco Loco
2, rue Dalpozzo
Nice, Provence 06000
+33 (0)4 93 88 8

La Lorraine

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Restaurant | "Disappointingly Average"

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If you have read through the majority of the other entries in this journal, you may, by now, be sick of my almost sychophantic adoration of the cuisine and restaurants in Nice. It must appear that every night I am out chowing down on a different wonderful delicacy. It may also suggest that I do not have the most discerning taste and am not able to tell an average meal from something special. I would like to think that this is not the case and that my overt positivity springs from the fact that I have genuinely enjoyed some wonderful food on the Cote D'Azur. However, in an effort to show that (a) I can spot average food, and (b) that not every restaurant in Nice is worthy of adulation and adoration, I ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on July 13, 2011

La Lorraine
24 Rue Alphonse Karr
Nice, France
04 93 88 42 07

Chez Maitre Pierre

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Restaurant | "Pierre's Mom Really Cooks Well"

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Prior to arriving in the south of France, I always enjoyed my food. No trip was complete without getting a full and authentic taste of local cuisine. However, I must admit, that since my move to the Riviera, my appreciation of all things gastronomical has increased dramatically. I have eaten at so many wonderful places that I have enough material for scores of journal entries on the subject (more of which will appear in due course). There is, though, one place that tops my list. Chez Maitre Pierre.It is not for anything truly innovative or dramatic that I am so obsessed with CMP. Nor is it for ambience or setting. In truth, everything about the place is rather ordinary and simple. It just ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 13, 2011

Chez Maitre Pierre
41 Rue Massena Rue Pietons
Nice, France

Mezzo Di Pasta

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Restaurant | "House of Pasta"

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One of the reasons I chose to move to the French Riviera was the food. Having lived through a period of culinary deprivation during a five month tenure in Oman, I was excited at having some of the world's greatest cuisine at my fingertips. During my time in the Omani desert, lunch was almost always a choice between grilled chicken and rice or chicken curry … served with rice. Therefore, when I touched down in France, I made a promise to myself, I would take advantage of the food.One of the pledges that I made to myself was that I would not bother with fast food or with international chains. An, in the first few months, I did very well with this. KFC and McDonalds were banished from my diet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

Mezzo Di Pasta
13 rue de France
Nice, France

China Park

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Restaurant | "North China in the South of France"

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Between 2006 and 2010 I lived in Tianjin in northern China. It was a wonderful period of my life that I look back on with great affection. I also viewed Tianjin as a unique place with its own distinctive personality that set it apart from the rest of China and from the rest of the world. One of the clearest indications of this was the local accent, which was like no other in the Middle Kingdom. It combined the rather guttural sounds that you might hear around the rest of the north, with an air of congestion that made Tianjin ren instantly recognizable anywhere in the world. Because the Tianjin accent was so strong, it even had an affect on the way I spoke Chinese. Whenever I ventured to Shanghai and p...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

China Park
63 Rue De France
Nice, France
06 18 76 62 27

La Havane

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Restaurant | "Salsa!!"

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Let me begin this journal entry with a clarifying opening statement. On the dance floor, I am deeply uncoordinated and have absolutely no Latin rhythm. Therefore, when we decided to embark upon a company night-out to La Havane I was not predicting that I would cover myself in glory. In fact, I was worried that my lack of control over my limbs would cause me to embarrass myself and have a solidly rough time. However, despite my obvious rhythmic shortcomings, Nice's top Latin venue succeeded in providing us with a fantastic evening.Our plan for the evening was simple. Phase 1: We would arrive at La Havane at around 8pm. Phase 2: We would relax and have a few drinks whilst soaking up the Lati...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

La Havane
32 Rue De France
Nice, France
04 93 16 36 16

Suwon Korean BBQ Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Authentic, but pricey"

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Between 2004 and 2005, I spent a year living in a small fishing village on Korea's west coast. As the place was so small and so isolated from outside influences – both cultural and culinary – the variety of western food available was pretty minimal. Therefore, I had no other choice than to go native in my eating habits. Thankfully, I quickly grew to become a massive fan of Korean cuisine. I loved Kalbi (bbq pork ribs), samgyupsal (grilled belly pork) and bulgogi (marinated shredded pork). I even grew to appreciate the taste of dog on the few occasions some of my local friends offered it to me.There was, though, above all other Korean cuisine, one dish that I really loved – Bi Bin Bap. For ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

Suwon Korean BBQ Restaurant
Boulevard Risso
Nice, France

Patisserie Chocolaterie Pochet

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Restaurant | "Wrestling a delicious Croque"

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This review begins on a blustery Thursday afternoon on the Cote D'Azur. It was my first week in Nice and I had just started my new job. As I was new to the area, I had yet to really find anywhere that was good for lunch. For this reason, on the earlier days of the week I had taken a microwave meal purchased at my local Carrefour to the office for my lunch. This prompted waves of derision from colleagues, who assured me that this was now way to live in France. They implored me to dispense with instant Sweet and Sour Chicken or Chilli con Carne and to dip into the local cuisine. It was their persistence that led me to Patisserie Alain Pochet.As it was rather windy, I decided that even if I w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 17, 2011

Patisserie Chocolaterie Pochet
41 Rue De France
Nice, France