Nice Journals

Eating and Drinking in Nice

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A travel journal to Nice by TianjinPaul

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La Fragola

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Restaurant | "Great for a Special Dinner"

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If you read many – or indeed any – of my blog entries, you will have noticed that I am a particularly frugal soul. I really do not enjoy over-paying for anything. Therefore, I am a huge fan of the website Groupon, which offers large discounts on online shopping and on restaurants. And, when I found a listing for the newly-opened Fragola offering a three-course meal for two for just 40Euros, I decided I had found the value that I crave with every inch of my being. So, I decided that I would take my girlfriend for a special dinner.Fragola proved to be an excellent place to eat. I was bowled over by the food … and of course the price I paid. As I bought the meal and made the reservation onlin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2013

La Fragola
116 N. Dixie Hwy.,
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401
(561) 832-4300

Campo di Fiori

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Restaurant | "Amazing Ravioli"

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For many weeks, I had been hankering after visiting a hamburger restaurant on Cvours Saleya called La Hollandaise. I know burgers may not seen the most obvious choice in Nice, but I had heard great things about La Hollandaise, namely that they made burgers that were actually quite good as opposed to the rubbish that most French restaurants serve – the majority of French chefs seem to have a clear disdain for American food. Sadly, my plan was foiled when my girlfriend and I discovered that it had closed. This left us in a quandry. Where would we eat? We knew burgers were out of the window, so we went in search of whatever looked good. We happened upon Campo di Fiori and decided to eat there because the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 1, 2013

Campo di Fiori
Piazza Campo Dè Fiori
Rome
06 0608

pamir

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Restaurant | "Nice's Hindu Kush"

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My girlfriend can count herself extremely lucky in relation to our visit to Pamir in Nice. The restaurant is Afghan themed and I have a strong interest in Central Asian history. I was looking forward to dazzling her – she may use the verb 'bore' – with history lessons about the Great Game, the Soviet Invasion and the recent wars with the Taliban and Al Qaeda. She was also likely to get a blow by blow account of books I have read about the era such as Jason Elliot's fantastic, 'An Unexpected Like' and Kim Barker's excellent and rather quirky 'Taliban Shuffle'. I am not sure which adverb to use next, either 'Unfortunately' or 'Luckily' (We probably rest at different poles of opinion there) she was spare...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 1, 2013

pamir
1 rue ste Claire
Nice, Provence
04 93 80 83 49

Bagel History

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Restaurant | "Good Bagels; The Rest was Poor"

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Readers of this review are going to have to forgive me for indulging in a little personal nostalgia. Growing up in the north of England in the 1980s, I never came into contact with bagels. Breakfast always involved either cereals, toast or an English breakfast. Even when I first travelled to the US in 1998, I had little knowledge of what a bagel actually was. However, when I finally tried one whilst spending a month in new York City, I was hooked. When I returned to the UK, I spent hours trawling speciality bakers looking for them. Therefore, as you might imagine, when I saw Bagel History open up in Nice I was pretty excited.My girlfriend is not great bagel fan. Therefore, it took me a whi...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 1, 2013

Bagel History
27 Avenue Notre-dame
Nice
04 93 92 39 05

Le Romarin

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Restaurant | "Meat! Meat! Meat!"

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When I used to live in China, my friends and I used to often indulge ourselves in the pleasures of the local Teppenyaki restaurants. As I was living in Tianjin rather than Tokyo, the majority of these restaurants were not of the highest order and did not quite boast true Japanese authenticity. However, they did offer the opportunity to enjoy some rather ridiculous quantities of meat. As they were usually all you can eat, there was no problem order three fillet steaks and two sirloins at one time. It did not do my cholesterol level much good, but it was amazing. Obviously, there is nothing of a similar ilk in France. In China, such a dinner cost the equivalent of 15Euros, whereas in Nice it would be ov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

Le Romarin
Place de la Halle aux Herbes
Nice, Provence
04 93 85 65 20

Blast

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Restaurant | "Good, but not quite explosive"

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My girlfriend and I had, in the past, frequented Blast solely because it served a glass of excellent Californian Rose and was pretty much the only place in Nice where you could get decent wines from outside France and Italy at any sort of reasonable price - the locals have a rather nationalistic/snobbish attitude to their wine. This was until some friend of ours invited my girlfriend and I for dinner and drinks. Despite it being the fifth or sixth time we had visited Blast, it was the first time we had sampled any of the food on the menu. We found ourselves very pleasantly surprised as we enjoyed a good, albeit rather simple meal. Blast models itself as an 'American Bar'. Just as with most...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

Blast
Cours Saleya
Nice, france

Europa

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Attraction | "Very Good Food From the Eastern Mediterranean"

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I have never understood how some countries can get so wound-up and nationalistic about their cuisine. For example, I was forced to proclaim myself baffled when a Korean friend of mine informed me that he always took Kimchi - a type of peppered cabbage that I find absolutely hideous - with him on holiday because he cannot eat a meal without it. I am similarly astounded when my girlfriend stuffs all her clothes into her carry-on luggage so that she can fill her hold luggage with cheese, sausage and confectionary when she returns from a visit to her native Bulgaria. Perhaps it is because I am British and we do not have such a rich culinary traditional, but I just don't get it. As much as I do...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

Europa
Aleksanterinkatu 29 A
Tampere, Finland 33100
+358 3 223 5526

La Pizza du Cours

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Restaurant | "A Good Mid-Range Option"

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My girlfriend's sister, brother-in-law and nephew had travelled to Nice to visit. Coincidentally, my girlfriend's sister's birthday fell on the Saturday of the trip. Therefore, my girlfriend decided to take us all out for dinner. As they were on vacation, we were looking for a restaurant aimed at tourists in the Cours Saleya area - Nice's biggest restaurant district. But, as my girlfriend insisted on paying for everyone, we were looking for something reasonably priced. Value for money is not always something to be found on Cours Saleya. It is extremely possible to pay the best part of 100Euros and get a highly average meal for two. Therefore, we knew we would have to be careful with our choice of rest...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

La Pizza du Cours
28 Cours Saleya
Nice
04 93 80 82 95

Le Cafe des Fleurs

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Restaurant | "Blooming Great"

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My girlfriend and I had visited Cafe des Fleurs countless times for drinks. As it is at the bottom end of Cours Saleya and as it is very well-appointed with a fantastic selection of wine – more on which later – it is the perfect place for a late evening glass of something wonderful. Bizarrely, though, we had never actually eaten there together. When we finally put this strange little misnomer right, we were astounded at just how good it was.It was a special weekend. My girlfriend had left Nice for four months to do an internship in Istanbul. During that period, I had lived the life of a hermit. This was partly due to not having her around to do things with and also partly because I wanted ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2013

Le Cafe des Fleurs
Cours Saleya, 13
Nice, Provence
+33493623133

Shalimar Indian Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Super All You Can eat"

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It was a lazy Tuesday evening in Nice. My girlfriend had just finished Nell Furbinger's novel The Newlyweds, which charts the marriage of an American man and Bangladeshi woman who meet online, marry and live together in the USA. Apparently, the book was not particularly inspiring in a literary context, but was much more so in culinary ways. The female character cooks a wide variety of delicious South Asian food, which put my girlfriend in the mood for curry .As I am rarely one to shy away from a spicy curry, we decided there was nothing else for it but to find an Indian restaurant in Nice. The choices for Indian food are not plentiful. There is the humorously named Delhi Belhi in the Old Town, Nooris ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 17, 2013

Shalimar Indian Restaurant
11 Rue Biscarra
Provence 06000
0493139578

Fnac

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Restaurant | "Navigate your way there!"

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It is an oft proffered grievance of mine that it is far from easy to find what I would describe as a full-sized cup of coffee in the South of France. In my adopted hometown of Nice it is all about the Espresso - the cups for which are the size of a shot-glass. Even if you order a cappuccino, it comes in an agonisingly small cup. Finding Starbucks and Central Perk style cups of decent size is a battle. Thankfully, there are one or two beacons of hope. Emilee's in the Old Town and Pink Coffee close the Promenade both offer decent if not fantastic options. For many weeks, I presumed they were the only bastions against the tiny cups. That was until I visited FNAC coffee.The whole idea of FNAC coffee...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

Fnac
44-46 Avenue Jean Médecin
Nice, France 06000
08 25 02 00 20

Attimi

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Restaurant | "Second time very much not lucky"

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This review follows hot on the heels of my first weighty tome about eating at Attimi. On my first visit, my girlfriend and I were astounded at the standard of the food and the value the restaurant offered. As a consequence, I waxed lyrical bout the place in these very pages and recommended it to anyone in the Nice region who would listen to me – and plenty of others who wouldn't as well. I also decided that when my father came to visit, it would be the perfect place for us to go for dinner. Sadly, my second visit proved to be far less enjoyable.As I am at heart a charitable and positive individual, I will begin with the positives about our second trip to Attimi. First of all, the food – or at le...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

Attimi
10 Place Masséna
Nice, France 06000
04 93 62 00 22

Le Royale

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Hotel | "Regal Food"

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It was my girlfriend's birthday. To mark the occasion – a day that is akin to New Year's Eve, Christmas and a Royal Wedding all rolled into one – spent quite a bit of time in the shops picking out the perfect gift and helping to organise a party in our apartment. To go with all this, I also decided to take her for a romantic dinner. In Nice, there are plenty of options for this. In the past, we had gone to Le Hussard in Old Nice, which is just wonderful. We had also sampled the magnificent fondue at Le Choucas. However, this time we wanted something different and we wanted a little more splendour. Therefore, we opted for dinner at the Royale.Before I get into the gastronomic pleasures on offer a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

Le Royale
23 Promenade Des Anglais
Nice, France
04 93 16 43 00

Paddy's Pub

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Restaurant | "Passable at best"

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It was St Parick's Day. So, I decided to organise a social event with my French colleagues at work. Naturally, we decided that we would go to one of the Irish pubs in Nice. The natural choice would have been Ma Nolan's on Cours Saleya in the Old Town as it is the most popular and best-known Irish pub in town. However, I shunned this idea for a couple of reasons. The first was that it is always horribly busy on special occasions. And the second was that, aside from the name, there is very little that is Irish about it. I would also have liked to choose The Snug, which is a little further into the Old Town, but it was simply too small. So, as a lesser of three evils, we chose Paddy's Pub.In some r...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 7, 2013

Paddy's Pub
40 Rue Droite
Nice 06300
04 93 80 06 75