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After a prestigious career working alongside some of the most highly acclaimed chefs in France, Mickaël Gracieux opened L’Aromate in a former peanut roasting establishment in one of Nice’s main shopping areas. Gracieux is renowned for his imaginative and artistically presented dishes based on fresh ingredients and decorated with edible flowers and gold leaf. Only two years after opening, his highly artistically visual and creative cuisine earned him a Michelin star, making L’Aromate one of the best fine-dining experiences in Nice. His two menus, referred to as ‘Parsley’ and ‘Basil’ offer a host of imaginative options, including Gracieux’s signature dish consisting of crab with citrus fruit and ginger.
L’Aromate, 20 Avenue du Maréchal Foch, Nice, France, +33 4 93 62 98 24
Tucked away behind the seafront in the secluded Saleya courtyard, La Civette du Cours is one of the most sought after terraces in the old part of Nice, offering a place to enjoy a casual meal in the shade or soak up the sun while watching the world go by. La Civette du Cours is always bustling with activity, serving food from dawn to dusk. The menu is simple, offering a good selection of grilled meat, traditional Niçois dishes or snacks such as bruschetta to savour over a glass of chilled Provencal wine.
La Civette du Cours, 1 Cours Saleya, Nice, France, +33 4 93 80 80 59
Located in the old part of Nice, Oliviera is an indispensable address for aficionados of the Mediterranean diet. Here the best varieties of locally produced olive oil are in great abundance. Whereas dishes are typically paired with wines, at Oliviera’s they are paired with olive oil, used not for cooking but to bring out the flavours of each of the simple elements used to craft the tantalising menu. Dishes vary according to season and the chef’s inspiration, with all ingredients sourced from the local markets and local farmers. Diners can taste the olive oils before choosing from the menu and buy their favourite aromas from the restaurant’s boutique or on line. Look out for the Caillette with sweet almond and artichoke aromas, or the 2014 AOP Haut Provence wafting with a blend of hazelnut, green apple and pepper.