Flaveur, Nice, 10/21/17

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Flaveur is a fairly small place, seating about 20,  with a very styled and pretty bright interior .  It is striking but a lot of hard surfaces that could make the noise level high in addition to the soft background music.  Steel and wood cutouts decorate the room in various patterns, one being a fish skeleton.  The small tables are nicely spaced and appointed with a runner rather than a full cloth but a wonderfully large napkin.  Service is friendly and helpful but some of the pacing is a bit slow, probably to folks like me who ask a lot of questions and our waiter never rushed us off.  But trust me, the food is worth waiting for.  The menu is a tasting one and you can pick 3, 4 or 7 courses.  Wine pairings are available.  We chose the 4 course and selected our own bottle of wine. Continue reading

La Merenda, Nice, 10/20/17

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La Merenda is a small place with a chalkboard menu and you either have to go by or try and get someone to answer the phone to get a reservation, which is a must.  Tables are covered by a paper runner, small and closely put together along each of the facing walls.   They are close enough that you will probably end up in conversation with your neighbors which really adds to the experience as a number of nationalities were represented there that evening.  At the end of the room is a tiny kitchen which produces all the food served by one nice waiter for seatings at 7:00 or 9:00 at dinner.  He was friendly, helpful and amazingly efficient – attending to your needs yet not making you feel rushed.   The wine selection is limited – about a half dozen wines.   Portions are generous and we ordered way more than we could eat but wanted to be able to sample a number of the chef’s dishes.   Continue reading

Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 10/20/17

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Hotel Metropole

Joël Robuchon is a 2 star Michelin restaurant in the Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo.  The hotel is elegant with a wealth of expensive cars dropping off their passengers for the hotel or dining.  The formal dining room is beautiful and filled with people, as the best deal for this expensive place is at lunch.  At lunch they offer 3 different size tastings, that all include amuse-bouche and dessert but vary with either 1 to 2 starters for 1 -2 main courses and the inclusion of coffee or tea.  In each you pick what you want for from their lists of cold or hot starters, main courses and dessert (always the dessert trolley) or cheese.  It is a good system so you can pretty much tailor you menu to your wants.   Continue reading

Restaurant JAN, Nice, 10/19/17

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Restaurant JAN seats only 24 people with a South African chef that uses local ingredients.  It has been in business for 5 years and 2 years ago received a Michelin star.  The room is tasteful with small tables that are appointed with large lovely napkins and soft eclectic music plays in the background.  Staff is friendly and helpful.  It is a choice of 2 tasting menus (12 or 5 courses) at dinner and a 3 course menu is also offered only at lunch.   Continue reading

La Palme d’Or, Cannes, 10/19/17

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La Palme D’Or is a 2 star Michelin in the lovely Grand Hyatt Cannes Hotel Martinez.  There is a separate door and elevator to access the restaurant or you can get there from the hotel lobby.  Cannes is a short train ride from Nice, if you do not wish to stay there. We were there for lunch on a beautiful day and so were treated to a terrance seat overlooking the stunning beach, blue water and multiple yachts view.  I’m not generally an outdoor seating lover but this would change anybody’s mind.  Not a bug, a wonderful breeze and a great canopy for shade perfectly compliment the view.  Service is most attentive and helpful as well as friendly.  The menu is presented in the form of a cube with the various tasting menu options on each of the 6 sides and a pullout page of a la carte options.   Continue reading

Les Deux Canailles, Nice, 10/18/17

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Open for 5 years, Les Deux Canailles is a small place with about 10 tables lining two sides of a rectangular room.  They offer nice pillows for back support for those sitting on the benches along the wall.  Some of the kitchen is open on one end of the room.  Background music along with interesting art on the walls gives the place a cozy feel.  Service is friendly and helpful but the cloth napkins are woefully small.  The menu offers a chef’s tasting menu or a smaller fixed price (with some choices) option.  We chose the chef’s tasting.  The wine list is quite small.   Continue reading

Mauro Colagreco, Restaurant Mirazur, Menton, 10/18/17

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Mirazur is a 2 star Michelin place on a hillside in Menton, a short train ride from Nice and within shouting distance of the Italian border.  The restaurant is on the second story of a building that overlooks the water and hillside – a beautiful backdrop for the stunning food by chef Mauro Colagreco.  If you’re lucky you will snag one of the tables that sit aside these windows but the interior tables also can enjoy the view, it just seemed less dramatic.  The first floor has a small bit of kitchen, bathrooms and some more lounge type seating where you can enjoy coffee or after dinner drinks if you prefer.  Buenos Aires born Chef Mauro Colagreco opened Mirazur in 2006 and received his first Michelin star just one year later.  The second star was awarded in 2012.  They are open for lunch and dinner but do close for a winter break.  They offer a number of different tastings varying the number of courses included and you select which you want when you make your reservation.  Service was attentive and friendly.   Continue reading