Oliviera, Nice

17 Dec

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Ollie and I had been planning to go for a meal here for months, as a constant contender in Trip Advisors top 10 restaurants in Nice, it was about time we paid it a visit. Situated in the old town, the restaurant-cum-olive oil shop is typical, cosy Vieux Nice building, with characterful uneven tiles, huge olive oil decanters and an open kitchen. It’s not the cheapest – between 10-16euros for an entree and 14-18euros for a main. However, good service, extremely passionate owners and excellent home cooking with a seasonal menu makes it worthwhile.

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Its focus on olive oil is unique – each dish comes with a different olive oil, especially designed to suit the dish. The owner, Nadim Beyrouti, passionately explained how he chose each oil to go with each dish! It’s also provided for dipping fresh baguette into, which was a bonus considering how hungry I was this morning (waking up nearer to lunchtime is always a dilemma… is it breakfast or lunch time?!)

To start we had ‘Aubergine Oliviera’,(recipe: http://oliviera.com/recipe/aubergine-oliviera-2/ )and fresh guacamole with a salad. Aubergines and avocados rate in my selection for my desert island foods, so I was very happy! To follow, I had wintery butternut squash, spinach and ricotta lasagne and Ollie had a lentil and sausage dish. Both hearty, warming platefuls of homely cooking. We left satisfied, only to have to go Christmas food shopping with a couple of friends! Is there anything as too much food!?

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2 Responses to “Oliviera, Nice”

  1. catherine thomas December 17, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    We must eat here when we are next in Nice . Sounds just the sort of food for me !

  2. debbie sharp December 18, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    Hope I am up to standard when you eat chez nous on Thursday night x

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