La Terrasse Restaurant, Nice
When I was researching my trip to the South of France, I was advised to fly to Nice and head straight down south-west to Saint Tropez. I’m glad I didn’t take the advice as I had one of my best dining experiences in the South of France. We caught an early British Airways flight from London to Nice with an upgrade to business class – simply so we could have a decent snack and refreshments on board.
We arrived at the hotel at about 4 pm after being picked up by a private chauffeur (who was most helpful with tips on where to go and what to see). After checking in, having some downtime and freshening up, the concierge in our hotel helped us decide on a place to sample the local cuisine. As we were only in Nice for one night, we wanted to find somewhere with a well-known chef, a good wine list and a view of the French Riviera.
We most definitely enjoyed all of those things. La Terrasse Restaurant is located right on the Promenade Des Anglais at the top of Le Méridien hotel on the roof terrace.
The restaurant is one of the highest restaurants in Nice and really does have the best views (if you don’t believe me, you can see for yourself via their webcam, which captures some of the most breathtaking views of the Mediterranean).
The style of cuisine at La Terrasse is the perfect combination of Mediterranean and Contemporary French. All put together by La Terrasse’s executive chef, Eric Bujan.
I started by going straight to my old faithful, an Aperol Spritz – my favourite summer aperitif. However, I did enjoy reading the cocktail menu which is full of other effervescent delights that are inspired by flavours of the Riviera. The music that was playing was fantastic, I asked our waiter what was playing and he informed me that the music was in partnership with Nouvelle Vague. You can tell that a lot of thought has been put into the whole experience of enjoying what La Terrasse has to offer.
I ordered the Lobster (when in Rome), which comes grilled with seaweed butter. The presentation was impeccable.
An entire lobster tail presented in the centre of the plate with three points of the perfect accompaniment White asparagus tips next to ravioli filled with riquette (rocket, or arugula) and bellota (a Spanish ham), both laid on a carrot taboule with orange juice.
The combination of flavours was to die for: the fresh lobster with the salty ravioli and sweet, citrusy carrot and orange was the perfect contrast – the asparagus tips also really pulled it all together.
I ordered a glass of white to accompany the lobster. The waiter suggested the Domain Miller Sancerre, a 100% Sauvignon grape. This wine had a lovely fresh citrus and mineral notes and it was a fantastic complement to a seafood dish.
Because I am a self-confessed chocoholic, I ordered the “All About Chocolate”. The dish comes with a single circle of “chocolate in different ways”.
The bottom layer is a paline chocolate crunchy cake, followed by a caraibes chocolate mousse and a dark lace biscuit on top.
I highly recommend La Terrasse for the entire dining experience. If you have any further questions about this visit, please get in touch.