Food and drink
You’re in the heart of traditional Nice here, so look out for lots of fish, occasionally of the more challenging sort for UK and US tastes – fresh octopus salads, fried squid and the like. But the menu is long and roams through beef in wine, deep-fried courgette flowers, pastas by the truck-load, stockfish, aîoli and very much else besides.
Including ram’s testicles. (This is one of the few places where you might exclaim: “We’re having a ball!” and be literally correct.) These are, as you may have gathered, not sophisticated dishes. They follow the ways laid down by generations of grandmothers – and when did grandmothers ever get anything wrong?
It’s a tight-packed, and occasionally boisterous, mixture of locals, and tourists who go there because the locals have been going there for decades. If you’re after a romantic tête-à-tête, look elsewhere.
Bouncy, confident and friendly, in a welcome-to-our-world sort of way.
Bang in the centre of the scurrying Vieux Nice (Old Town), where the Niçois reclaim their city from international influence – and so, ironically, make it particularly attractive to tourists.
Staple three-course menu is 25 euros. It’s more than ample even for hearty appetites, and pretty good value – the more so that they throw in a kir apéritif at the start.
- Families with teenagers
- People watching