Can’t make it to France this year? Well never mind, there’s always Nice Bistro Restaurant. As soon as I walked through the door from Whitby’s Brock Street and heard, “Bon jour, madam!” I felt transported to Paris. Everything from the mosaic floors, chalkboard menus, mirrored bar and strains of Marlene Dietrich evoked an atmosphere of Gallic charm.
You could easily be sidetracked by the wonderful art. Black and white photos from the 1950s by such greats as Robert Doisneau provide sufficient diversion that it becomes difficult to decide between the ratatouille of fresh veg, the duck leg confit or the rack of lamb Provencal—the three entrees on the three-course Savour menu. Lamb is from the Yellowlees Family Farm near Nestleton.
Chef-proprietor Bernard Alberigo and his charming wife Manon Lacroutz have been buying local Sunnyside Farm eggs since they opened 20 years ago so it’s no surprise that Sunnyside eggs are featured in the crème caramel. My commitment to an apple a day is easy here. Bernard roasts Algoma Orchards apples for the green salad and bakes them in a slice of a classic tarte tatin for desert—so delicious when washed down with a cappuccino. And all the more delightful with those little paper-wrapped sugar cubes we remember from days gone by. Charmant!
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