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NICE, France – It’s not a tourist trap! Isn’t it comforting to know that a restaurant in Old Nice offers excellent dishes, French / Mediterranean in a charming, historic setting, with fair prices?
P’tite Cocotte has chef Cedric Biron, who learned his trade at with Jérôme Ferrer in Montreal, among other places.
Located in a charming street, with a small terrace outside the hotel, a beautiful stone wall inside, and a small second room to the rear perfect for groups, La P’tite Cocotte is the ideal restaurant for lunch during a tour of Old Nice.
And have I said it’s not a tourist trap?
Restaurant La P’tite Cocotte was all about the food
With a small carafe of rosé to bring out all the beautiful tastes, Restaurant La P’tite Cocotte offers stunning combinations.
As first dish, there is hot and gravlax goat. The goat is completely melting, delicious. The gravlax is delicate. The fat, salt and sugar taste sometimes too intense with this dish is almost absent. The taste of fish is very light, and almost approaches a sashimi as it slides easily through the mouth. Superb!
My server, a bit stressed on this very busy afternoon, seems juggling utensils capably yet a little short-handed in the restaurant … but is that not better than the other?
Then a risotto of asparagus is served in a hot cast-iron plate. It is an attack of cheese! Rice, perfectly cooked, salty and extra-smooth, and the wine just tart enough, proves a wise choice, since it cuts the fat of the rice dish. Maybe a spritz of lemon juice would not have hurt the risotto.
For dessert… a strawberry cake. Surprisingly crisp! The texture reminds me of an excellent croissant. The cake is not too sweet –showing nice attention to detail – and the portion was very generous.
If you are traveling to Nice and plan a morning to visit the old town, do yourself a favor and book!
La P’tite Cocotte
10 Rue Saint-Augustin, 06300 Nice, France
+33 4 97 08 48 61