>> April 20, 2013
Let me start off by saying that Cafe Nice is in one of the most convenient locations possible. I am in love with the LOCATION of this restaurant.
It is right next to Circular Quay station meaning next to a heap of bus stops and ferries and one block from my work. It could not be easier for me to get to Cafe Nice. And here is my tip for the day - the address of Cafe Nice is 2 Phillip Street but the entrance is located around the corner on Albert Street. Now that you have my tip, you won't have to stand like fools in front of the building staring blankly up at the restaurant wondering how to get in. Like we did.
Cafe Nice is the new venture by the good people who created Fratelli French. Unlike their other venues which are Italian, this one focuses on French cuisine.
My friend and I went on a Friday night and it was pretty busy. We had a booking for 6.30pm and the bar section was filled with people, as was the restaurant area. It was quite dark where we were seated so I am grateful to my friend for the photos in this post - my own photos came out even darker and grainier than these ones!
The service was very attentive at the start of the night. A waitress came over to ask if we had any questions about the menu which was partly in French.
We started off with a French classic - ratatouille.
The ratatouille was served with a slow cooked egg that oozed everywhere after being prodded. The capiscum, eggplant and tomato worked really well with the grilled bread. We shared this entree and both enjoyed it.
For my main, I decided to go with fish cooked in paper - something I have never tried before but have heard a lot about from Masterchef!
We also ordered french fries and they were standard.
Towards the end of our meal, the service deteriorated. We struggled to catch the attention of staff who seemed to be zipping around with their heads down. This really put a bad end to what had been a nice dinner. It took us about twenty minutes to flag someone to get the dessert menu and then another twenty to catch someone again to take our order!
By the end of the meal, I had noticed how loud it was inside the restaurant. We both found ourselves raising our voices to be heard. There were a lot of people inside but I also wondered whether it was the sounds echoing around inside the restaurant that made it even noisier.
Having said that, I would still come back. The food was tasty and as I mentioned earlier - the location is the best.