On our last day in Nice, David I had several hours after checking out to wander the streets one last time, and we were in search of one last great meal. We found it at Bistrot Chaud-Vin.
David checked out recommendations online for a restaurant near Place Massena in the centre of Nice, and voila! We got there shortly after it opened for lunch at 12 p.m., and realized why it is named Bistrot Chaud-Vin, as it is on Rue Chauvin. Clever!
The restaurant itself is tiny but lovely, and the menu is written out on chalkboards. Happily, there is a portable chalkboard with the menu in English that made things easier for us! The restaurant filled up quickly, and we noticed that for most of our meal we were the only english speakers in the place. It is always a good sign when you find a place that locals love to eat.
After a delicious anchovy and olive tapenade, we each chose a starter. I opted for dishes on the lunch special list and David just went with his heart (and tastebuds). My grilled pepper with anchovies was really soft and tangy and David’s rainbow tomato salad was fresh and delicious. The fresh bread that was brought to us was also fabulous.
Our mains were wonderful. My roasted cod was perfectly cooked and I loved the fried zucchini blossoms that it came with.
David raved about his stewed lamb shank, deep in flavour. As we began eating this course, we were joined by a Malaysian couple sitting at the table beside us. David’s side mashed potatoes also arrived, and the couple told us they heard the mashed potatoes were renowned and they were recommended highly. Of course I had to try some after that review as well! They were incredibly creamy and full of butter – absolutely sinful and delicious!
We spent a leisurely two hours at Bistrot Chaud-Vin to end our trip in Nice, and it was a fantastic meal with great service. A fitting end to a relaxing foodie visit to this great city.