Food and drink
‘Japanice’ means what it says – the best of Provençal (and, indeed, other French) produce worked with Nippon finesse and sensitivity. Fish dishes are particularly successful. The carpaccio of sea-bream, the roast cod with calamars or with taboulé, quinoa, a cucumber salad and teriyaki sauce ... well, they’ll have you bowing respectfully while simultaneously singing the Marseillaise. (Try it: it’s surprisingly difficult to do well.)
There’s inventiveness in the presentation, and a cracking wine list. Look out for regional Provençal wines from the Château de Pibarnon and Domaine de Trevallon.
As you’d expect, the restaurant is stripped-back and zen – all greys, creams, light browns and clean geometrical lines. Calm enough surroundings, then, for slim and well-dressed local professionals, or tourists pushing out le bateau after too much pizza.
Subtle, smiling and professional.
Just off the main pedestrian area of Nice centre, a block or two from the sea.
There’s a belting lunch-time deal of two courses for 18.80 euros. In a Michelin one-star, that’s a steal. Three course menus at both lunch and dinner start from 36.50 euros, which is also more than reasonable.
- Business travellers
- Special occasions