Food and drink
If you already know Niçois cooking, there are few surprises here. That’s the point of the place. If you don’t already know it, then it’s a jolly good starting point. Beyond the fish soup, look out for beef daube in wine, cod stew, petits farcis stuffed vegetables roasted in the oven, tripe, and swordfish in a sweet and sour sauce, among very many others.
The one dish which might cause alarm is merda dé can. You will be suspicious of that word merda. You will be right. As Niçois friends will tell you, the phrase is local dialect for “dog-poo”. Happily, on the plate this translates into nothing more threatening than chard-flavoured gnocchi. (The French have a habit of giving raucous names to innocent dishes. In a nearby patisserie, there will certainly be creamy cakes called “pets de nonne” or “nuns’ farts”.)
Oh, and be sure to ask for red Varois wine from the barrel. They keep it in the cellar.
Crowded and cramped but alive.
Youthful, energetic and completely charming.
Narrow street in the Old Town.
There’s a dish of the day at about 10.80 euros. Around 22.80 - 28.50 euros should see you happily through a three-course meal.
- Families with teenagers
- People watching