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Monday, April 6, 2009

Frog Restaurant, Nice

We arrived in Nice on Saturday evening. We were staying at the Cityblue Malmaison on boulevard Victor Hugo. It's a nice simple hotel which did us perfectly for one nights stay in Nice.

We went out for a walk and looked for something to eat. Wandered around the Promendage Anglais and Vieux Nice, we ended up on the tourist trap that is Cours Saleya. We sat down in one seafood restaurant on the basis on the menu de jour, but when the waiter only provided us with the more expensive a la carte menu, we got up and left. We may be tourists in Nice, but we have no desire to be deprived of our hard earned cash.

We had passed by Frog Restaurant earlier, and it had looked good, so we went back. It's a nicely modern and cool restaurant, in sharp contrast to the mostly tourist restaurants in that part of town. The interior is lovely with white rough walls and comfortable seating areas. We ordered a mojito and a kiwi cocktail while we read the menu. The waiter insisted on translating all the specials into English, a lengthy process, but we finally ordered a millefuille of mozzarella, aubergine and tomato along with frogs legs for starters. Mains were red mullet en papillotte served with an olive and achovy polenta and a duck confit served with potatoes and compote. We ordered a demi-bouteille of the self-branded Pays du Var house red to accompany the food.

All dishes were excellent. Portions were not huge but very tasty. I especially loved my duck confit, which came layered in a glass pot with the mashed potato and onion compote. A cheese plate with 4 varieties and a basket of delicious bread finished off the meal. The total cost for this lovely meal was approximately E85, with excellent service throughout.

Frog Restaurant, 3 Rue Milton Robbins, 06300 Nice, France. 04 93 85 85 65

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