Nice, France on a budget? Try Bistrot Chaud-Vin near Place Massena
I am in a food coma right now. It’s 9:15 pm in Nice, France and I just came back from the most amazing lamb shank dinner ever.
If you’re visiting Nice, France on a budget, then you’ll appreciate what I’m about to reveal about Bistro Chaud-Vin’s lamb shank.
Up until today, the best lamb I’ve ever had was the lamb T-bone at Boulevard in San Francisco. Boulevard’s lamb was delicious, but it was also $37, according to the menu on TripAdvisor.
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Tonight’s lamb was a juicy, tender lamb that rolls right off the bone. It didn’t need any searing from the cutlery
The name of the establishment? Bistrot Chaud-Vin near Place Massena in Nice.
My meal consisted of the smoked duck and lentils salad, lamb shank and mashed potatoes, Jasmine tea, bread rolls, and grilled baguette pieces with black olive tapenade.
The smoked duck and lentil had a tangy flavor to it, and wasn’t my cup of tea. But the grilled bread and olive tapenade as well as the lamb shank and mashed potatoes were very savory and food coma-inducing.
Apparently, the French eat dinner around 7:30 pm to 8 pm. I was very hungry after playing photographer at Place Massena and checked my phone for good restaurants nearby. It was 6 pm when I checked, and none of the good restaurants open until 7 or 8 at night.
I came to dinner early for a French restaurant (7 pm), so there weren’t many people there yet. The service was wonderful, and the owner ran by to insist that I take a picture of him and his colleague. I could not resist.
If you’re wondering where to eat in Nice, check out this place for the lamb shank!
Restaurant Vieux Nice – La Favola on Cours Saleya
The Cours Saleya market is a famous tourist spot. If you’re in the area for the market and you’re feeling hungry, La Favola is a great place to get lunch and people-watch.
It’s a popular restaurant in Vieux Nice area, so the place was packed when I was there for lunch. The service was very rushed, but everything came as ordered.
I got the seafood spaghetti, which was a huge portion that could be lunch for two (think Buca di Beppo portion sizes). It was around $20 for the plate, and well worth it. The spaghetti texture was al dente, and the seafood was fresh. They also have special olive oil that has chilies in it. If you want a spicy kick to your olive oil, ask for the chili oil condiment!
If you’re a lobster fan, they also have a very popular lobster pasta dish that looked divine. There were at least 3 people around me that ordered the lobster pasta dish.
If you’re meandering around Cours Saleya and in need of affordable lunch, this spot has great food for the price—awesome for anyone doing Nice, France on a budget!
Nice, France on a budget: Le Febu’s Brasserie next to Liberation Tram Station
I live near the Liberation tram stop, so I walk along Avenue Malaussena a lot. On a hungry whim, I stopped by Le Febu’s for a late lunch and was impressed with the charming ambiance and solid food there.
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I couldn’t read the menu, so I just pointed at their suggested item and ordered. It was a steak with some fries and a side salad.
The steak was tender and juicy, and the salad was very fresh. The venue itself is housed along Avenue Malaussena, a place that gets a good amount of foot traffic due to it being on the tram line. On the particular day that I frequented the place, the Riviera sun was smiling down on us as we enjoyed some good food and watched the passersby on Avenue Malaussena.
At around $17, it was a solid meal with a strong price to quality ratio. If you’re looking to visit Nice, France on a budget, this restaurant would be a good pick.
Nice France on a budget: Brasserie Le Gambetta near Place du General de Gaulle
The brasserie is situated at the corner of Boulevard Joseph Garnier and Place du General de Gaulle, right next to the statue of Charles de Gaulle. They have both outdoor and indoor seating, but it’s quite difficult to score a table outside as the place is usually packed.
I ordered their seafood platter called Le Panache, which consisted of six oysters, three prawns, mussels, three sea almond clams, whelk snails, and tiny octopus-colored salty shrimps.
The platter came with a basket of bread, butter, and mayonnaise + vinegar dipping sauce. I recommend asking for some lemon to squeeze onto your oysters.
The oysters, prawns, snails, clams, and tiny shrimps were very fresh and tasty. I did not care for the mussels, which did not taste fresh. This entire platter was around $28, a steal compared to SF Bay Area seafood prices.
If you were to go to one of the restaurants in Nice, France old town, the same seafood platter would be over $50—almost twice the price!
wn, the same seafood platter would be over $50—almost twice the price!
For its fresh seafood and good pricing, Le Gambetta is a great seafood spot for those who want to do Nice, France on a budget!
Nice, France on a budget: El Kantaoui near the Italian Consulate on Boulevard Gambetta
I was walking home one night from a music concert at the Italian
Even the pictures were reminiscent of the Mexican food I used to eat in California. But the names of the dishes were different, so I asked the staff about the cuisine.
“It’s [incomprehensible]. You know. North of Africa,” said the young lady at the counter.
Right. North of Africa. No idea where that could be, but I was hungry and decided to eat my way to forgetting my frustration with not knowing this “north of Africa” country she was referring to.
I ordered Ojja Merguez, an egg dish that came with sausage, chili meat sauce, green bell pepper, and some herbal seasoning. I had agreed to
The dish came with a basket of
I went to pay at the counter and perused the menu to see if I could find any clues. No clues on the actual menu itself. But when I flipped it over to see the name of the restaurant…there it was. The word Tunisia was written on the front of the menu.
Mystery solved! El Kantaoui is a Tunisian food joint with tasty food at affordable prices. A solid choice for world food if you’re looking to eat in Nice, France on a budget.
Nice, France on a budget: Super Lobster near the Massena tram station
I found this place by accident after wandering around trying to find decent food. Several of the places that looked good online were not open for lunch. Then I passed by an alleyway and saw the Super Lobster sign in the alley.
The restaurant has a very cute design and serves American style lobster rolls. I got the special which included a Portland-style lobster roll, mineral water, and some truffle oil potato chips. The special was around $20-$25.
I loved the fact that their mineral water came in a Super Lobster-branded bottle that was beautiful and pleasing to the eyes. The lobster roll itself was solid and comparable to
If you’re near Massena station and want a quick lobster lunch, this is a solid spot for restaurants in Nice, France on a budget!
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