During a trip to Nice in the winter we called at Le Petite Maison for a quick dinner. This is the original restaurant of which is now a chain of 6 establishments across the France, the Middle East and London. I had been at the London branch before and enjoyed it. The fact that we visited on a cold, rainy day in January was obviously in some ways bad, it had the benefit of the fact that we did not have to deal with the rushed, rude serve that I have read can occur here in the Summer.
We managed to walk into the restaurant but it was still very busy, almost full inside and with a couple of brave tables out on the terrace. The bread, still served warm (rare in France- although probably because many people think it is wrong) in a paper bag was pretty good, particularly the olive roll. A Carpaccio of tuna was average, with good flavours although IMO the cheese was not required. Deep fried courgette flowers were okay, having more batter than filling. A fish soup looked good.
Mains of a lobster linguine and Dover sole were good, featuring simply prepared good ingredients. This meal was decent; however, it was pretty expensive and I actually thought that I had a better meal in the one in London; I would imagine that on summer’s day the true charm of the Nice outpost may shine though.