Don Camillo Creations
5 Rue des Ponchettes, Nice, 06000
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Relaxation, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of Don Camillo Creations
One senses an unfussy, unshowy modesty about this excellent spot. In an age when merely competent cooks pass themselves of as a cross between Elvis and Plato, any sign of reticence is immediately disarming. Of course, I may be wrong. Chef Marc Laville might be the most arrogant man alive. (I don’t know him.) But, if he is, this doesn’t transpire in the restaurant.
It’s a lovely, chic and soothing place to enter, with magenta walls, white banquettes and interesting art dotted hither and yon. And, while the food may surprise, it doesn’t challenge you beyond reason. This is an establishment, in short, for those who like fine contemporary eating but without having to career off in completely unfamiliar directions.
OK, you like swordfish. Trust me, you’ll like it even better here, where it’s given a Pina Colada marinade (yes, yes), flanked with lime and coconut milk, pineapple sorbet and a suggestion of coriander.
Or how about filet of beef with mashed potatoes – and whelks? Sounds odd, but works a treat. I’ve never tackled the tournedos of hare with a quince tart but, if it’s on the menu here, it will be worth a crack, especially if paired up with a red from Bandol.
And it all comes prettily arranged, too. The guy may be modest or he may be arrogant – but he’s got terrific taste and a rewardingly vivid way with food.
The French have a word for it, and that word is “feutré”. It’s the adjective from the word for velvet. I can’t think of an exact English equivalent – “velvety” doesn’t quite do it. Feutré mixes discretion, calm good taste, sophistication and a spoonful or two of romance. That’s how this place is in my experience. It attracts the sort of people who need both feutré surroundings, but also some pretty vibrant dishes on their plates.
Welcoming, charming and attentive.
In a surprisingly quiet street just off the central, buzzy Cours Saleya.
Lunch from Tuesday to Friday may be had for 25 euros. The main, three-course dinner menu costs a pretty reasonable 43.30 euros – though you may push out to 58 euros or 77.50 euros, if feeling particularly loaded. Or if with a new partner you need to impress.
More information on Don Camillo Creations:
- Price guide:
- French, Mediterranean
- 5 Rue des Ponchettes, Nice, 06000
- 04 93 85 67 95
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Mon-Sat, 7pm-9.30. Tues-Sat, 12-2pm. Shut Sunday.
- Accepts Credit Cards: