Voyageur Nissart

Address: 19 Rue Alsace-Lorraine, Nice, 06000, France
Telephone: 04 93 82 19 60

- Mid-range

4.4

Unfashionable, unshowy and off-centre, so please don’t go. (I want to keep it to myself.)

The Voyageur Nissart is in a commercial street rather too near to the station to count as classy. There is an eclectic mix of cultures and eating possibilities round about, many – but not all - originating in France’s former colonies.

An unexpectedly lively sector, in short … and one in which the Voyageur stands proud for traditional Niçois cooking. Though “proud” isn’t quite the right word. The place is among the least arrogant establishments in town.

Of all the eateries specialising in regional fare, it has perhaps the most modest premises, the warmest welcome (owner Max, though French, speaks better English than I do) and the most reasonable prices. Also, of course, some cracking food.

The fact that it isn’t in the Old Town means you might overlook it. So much the better. I already have enough problems getting in.
 

Food and drink
4.6
90%
Service
4.5
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.6
90%
Ambience
4.2
90%
Location
3.9
90%

Food and drink

Fans of Niçois food will find all they need here. Those not already fans will almost certainly become so after a course or two. There’s nothing particularly posh or convoluted. You eat what locals eat and have eaten for some time. It’s just better prepared than usual, that’s all.

So look out for stuffed courgette fritters, stuffed vegetables roasted in the oven, fresh tuna salad, red mullet, sea-bass, sauté of lamb with thyme and a splendid home-made lemon tart. A Provençal rosé wine is probably imperative for the full Niçois experience.
 

Ambience

This is a happy place, run by young people who seem genuinely pleased to see you. That the restaurant room is pretty unremarkable – all subdued blues, yellows and whites, with standard tables and chairs – doesn’t matter a gnat’s whisker.

On the contrary, it shows that the Voyageur has its priorities right. Otherwise, and slightly off the beaten track, it wouldn’t attract such a lively collection of local Niçois and distant tourists.
 

Service

Youthful, enthusiastic and as welcoming as any in town.

Location

On an unsung commercial street, near-ish the station.

Price advice

Value-for-money is the Voyageur’s strongest suit. Three-course menus start at 16.25 euros and, for that, believe me, you eat well.

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Relaxation
  • Special occasions

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