The Opulent 100-year-old Dowager of Nice
While we were in Nice in September, we treated ourselves to a fancy dinner at the 2-star restaurant, Le Chantecler, in the Hotel Negresco.
Le Negresco's lobby is elegant and adorned with
elaborate lighting sconces and oil paintings of dignitaries.
A Royal Richard
The Baccarat chandelier with 16,309 crystals in the Royal Lounge.
A aueen of some sort.
The people of Nice seem to go for these
chunky ladies in bathing attire.
This is a sculpture by Niki St. Phalle.
A seating area with an art deco rug.
La Fête à Venise.
A seating area in an art-deco style.
Because it was the 100th anniversary of the hotel,
these somewhat bedraggled mannequins wearing
serving costumes from the archives, were on display.
Saucy girl, at least her shoe is on straight.
Naturally, we had to pose with the mannequins.
Pink Champagne and Roosters
We had a special dinner at Le Negresco's fancy restaurant.
A Chantecler is a rooster.
The room is terribly pretty with cherry-pink velvet chairs.
We were offered champagne on arrival.
Examples of Le Chantecler abound.
A bit of modern art sur la table.
Le chef sent out l'amuse bouche.
Precious little petit fours of tomato jelly with creme fraiche,
crab salad in a spoon, and little squares topped with gold leaf.
Le sommelier presents our wine.
Notice that Richard has removed his tie after noting
other men wearing polo shirts in the dining room
Le beau beurre.
Appetizer: les tomates burratas
Although it looks like dessert, it's a appetizer.
Les cannellonis avec caviar and more gold leaf.
It took two servers to serve our main course.
Le filet de St Pierre Roti
A dessert: Souffle citrons with fraises des bois.
Le fraîcheur abricot.
Les bon bons.
A Drink at Le Bar
One evening we ducked into Le Bar at Le Negresco for an apéritif.
The charming barman serving our drinks.
I had a Negroni which was scrumptious.
It's gin, sweet red vermouth and Campari.
The woodwork at Le Bar dates from 1913.
Carmen, the mascot of Le Negresco.
Have a cocktail on us.
Happy New Year from Carol and Richard!