La Merenda, Nice
The simple exterior to La Merenda only reflects its principle: fresh ingredients and authentic French cuisine. Coveted chef Dominique Le Stanc bought this family business, but has honourably continued its traditions and values, maintaining its loyal customers as well as attracting tourists lucky enough to stumble across this much loved restaurant.
Guests are treated to samples of the daily menu described on the blackboards, and the full dish is the brought to them if desired.
Signature plates include Tomato Tart, Stuffed Sardines, Ratatouille and Fritters of Zucchini Flowers, all of which are prepared with the highest quality produce. The delicate meals are light but definitely fulfilling.The setting itself is rustic and cosy; the small venue is usually packed as it is so popular but as La Merenda lacks a telephone, reservations cannot be made directly. This should not put you off however; the restaurant is an absolute gem and for the ultimate in French cuisine, it is unparalleled.