This is a family-run restaurant about a block and a half off of Place Messana. We walked by it one evening, checked out the menu (and TripAdvisor reviews which are mostly really good), and decided to eat here for my birthday dinner the next night. We asked the hotel concierge to make us a reservation, and she had never heard of it.
It's totally a family-run operation, and you feel like you're a welcome guest in their house. The interior warm and inviting, and the decoration is kind of quirky, definitely expressing the owner's personality rather than some corporate idea about decor. We were greeted warmly and given a choice of English or French menus (which are on a board that's brought to the table). There is a wide selection of entrées and main courses. We were served a little amuse bouche before our salads; my hearts of endive salad was really good and good looking, fashioned with care. For a main course, I had filet of beef in a Rochefort sauce, which was amazing (and cooked perfectly). My wife had salmon (a pretty good-sized piece), also delicious. Both came with some potatoes and vegetables, cooked and seasoned perfectly. For dessert we had a chocolate cake thing (it had a French name that I can't remember) which my wife is still talking about. We had wine, which was poured at the bar and brought to the table in a pitcher (carafe style, but as in the countryside); we drank a Cotes de Rhone which was mid-priced and very smooth. All in all it was a great, great meal, but the place was almost empty.
Two notes. One: cash only, no credit cards. Two: don't be put off if it isn't crowded when you look in; that usually scares us away but in this case not being crowded doesn't mean it's not great. I will be going back when I'm in Nice next.
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