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Eze Village: Restaurant Mas Provencal

Phone: 0493411953

Reviewed by: Beckie R from Canada, review #1074

When: 2004

A beautiful and unique restaurant; charming owner and wonderful food. Our best meal - and that is saying something, after ten days in Italy.

The owners of the B&B L'Ange Bleu (where we stayed outside of Nice), told us about this restaurant, Mas Provencal, and made our reservations. They did say it was unique, but we had no idea! Located on the outskirts of Eze Village, it seems a very unassuming little place from the outside but upon entering it is truly awesome, and quite large. Fresh flowers, roses, orchids, glads, ivy, etc., etc., cover almost every square inch. A glass enclosed waterfall contains ferns and fauna and I almost expected to see a chimp swing through. Antique knick-knacks were scattered here and there. At first no-one said anything, we just looked around in amazement, then we laughed and shook our heads in disbelief. It was fabulously gaudy.

The owner, a gregarious German who spoke very good English, could not have been nicer. He gave us a brief tour and explained that every day the fading flowers were replaced, the tables/chairs/floors were all covered with plastic and the plants watered. You might expect it to feel/smell like a greenhouse, but the room was fresh and pleasant.

The specialties here are spit roasted meat, cochon de lait and carre D'agneau a La Broche (three of us had the lamb)and the fourth had veal.

We started with the house specialty, risotto dans la forme de parmesan. Wild mushroom risotto is cooked to perfection and while hot put into a 90kg. wheel of parmesan cheese, which is specially made for this restaurant in Italy. They then bring the parm on a trolley to your table where they scoop out the risotto, taking a scraping of the warm cheese with it. Just pure, decadent comfort food ... rich and filling, and we were all offered seconds and, of course, didn't hesitate to take them. Now full, we had our main courses, the lamb was cooked perfectly, meltingly tender and we all groaned in appreciation. The owner appeared at the end of our main course with an offering of his roast pig. We all agreed it was the richest, most fabulous pork we have ever had and the crackling was decadent!

Dessert was split between the four of us and to be honest I can't remember what it was, nor did I care, I was so full. The piano player isn't bad either. I could go on and on, but you really had to be there! Highly recommended!!! Dinner for four with one bottle of wine, dessert and coffee was approximately 200.

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