Food and drink
It really doesn’t get much simpler: choose your own fish – sea-bream, bass, lobster, flat lobster, you name it – have it grilled on the wood fire, then served with rice and veg and Robert est ton oncle.
Coco also does a mean bouillabaisse, which Raymond Blanc reckons the best in the world. I’d be tempted to put the Miramar’s version in Marseille up there in the same league, but I’m not going to argue with England’s most famous French chef. If you want to test the claim, bear in mind that bouillabaisse needs ordering in advance.
Whatever fish you order, try it with a local Bellet white from the Toasc domain on the hills above Nice. And, if you don’t like fish, don’t go. There’s nothing but.
The place may be all wood from floorboards to roof but, these days, it’s pretty polished, both literally and metaphorically. Of course, Coco’s is also relaxed, in a maritime sort of way. And local regulars don’t stand on too much ceremony. But nor do they dine in their swimsuits, and neither should you. Especially not at night, when there are some pretty classily-dressed folk about.
On the walls, old photos and frescoes depict Nice as it was. This tends to happen in restaurants which have been in the same hands for generations. But I doubt you’ll notice them. The views across to the Château hill, the port and way off out to sea rather monopolise the attention.
Brisk and experienced, though can be a bit off-hand if you don’t bear yourself with importance. So do so.
Beautifully perched between road and rocks on the corniche across the port from the city centre.
Think around 57 euros for three courses, without wine.
- Families with teenagers
- Great views / scenery
- Special occasions