Lunch at La Rotonde, Nice

How do French women stay so slim?



Yes I know there is a whole book written on this topic, and come to think of it I really should read it as I have no idea.


It is impossible to go through a meal without bread. Not just one miserable slice of gluten-free fun-free brown bread, but lovely fluffy baguettes and crispy rolls.


Oh and the pastries, J’adore!

Sorry getting distracted with the pastries at Le Negresco's breakfast

Then of course there is the wine, a must have with lunch and dinner.

Morning Adventures in Monte Carlo

Prepping for Christmas


Well, there is no way I could go to France and not partake in these fabulous culinary traditions. So after dashing around Monte Carlo in the morning I hopped on the train back to Nice to meet up with Helene for lunch at La Rotonde in Le Negresco Hotel (read about my stay here).



Shameless Selfie in Monaco

La Rotonde is Le Negresco's casual dining restaurant, though when I say "casual" what I really mean is you can casually day-drink champagne here.

The inside of La Rotonde is designed as an 18th century carousel 

I would firstly like to mention that it was basically December and we were still able to sit outside. How is this even fair? I can count on one hand the number of days a year I can sit outside in Dublin.

Sunny Nice in December

Olive Tapenade

To celebrate the good weather and the start of our lunch we said to good health before diving into La Rotonde’s specialty, the foie gras.


I was amazed by how large the portion size was, very generous for a starter. The foie gras itself had a lovely smooth texture but the winner for me was the fruit chutney it was served with as it added a kick to the dish.

Foie Gras with Chutney

For the main course we both had cod with a paprika crust served with parsnip mousseline and Spanish bacon.

Cod with a paprika crust and parsnip mousseline and Spanish Bacon

I could eat this all day, in fact I seriously contemplated ordering it for room service later that night. The cod was light and fresh and the mousseline was warm and filling without being too heavy or creamy.

Dessert in the Sunshine

Of course it ran through my mind at this point that I should really not have dessert but the word “chocolat” was mentioned I just couldn’t resist.


Le Negresco is perhaps better known for its two star Michelin Restaurant "Le Chantecler" but Chef Jean Denis is in charge of the food for La Rotonde as well making it a wonderful alternative if you want great food in less formal setting.

Le Chantercler
If you want to check out the menu at La Rotonde you can click here, and if you want to read about my stay at Le Negresco check out my post here

Liakada

27 comments:

  1. Lovely photos! All of the food looks so yummy! :) xx

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  2. That looks absolutely amazing, I've always wanted to visit France seems like a very beautiful place :) THE FOOD WOW, might have to take the next flight ;)
    Xx Agnes

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  3. I always wonder how French women stay slim too, but having lived there, they don't eat between meals at all so they can enjoy delicious chocolate desserts like the one you had!

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    1. Ah that sounds good, chocolate beats pretty much everything!

      Ash | Liakada

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  4. I always wonder how French women stay slim too, but having lived there, they don't eat between meals at all so they can enjoy delicious chocolate desserts like the one you had!

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  5. Wow, all the food looks seriously amazing! If I were French I would be eating those pastries and goodies nonstop :) Lovely photos!
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. Oh me too Kiki, I would be so fat haha

      Ash | Liakada

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  6. That's a lot of delicious pastries out there.
    French never get fat lol.
    Love it

    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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  7. I think I would have to read a book on how the French women do it too if I was in France for longer than a month haha - so, so much delicious food!!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. I know right, I need to read it!

      Ash | Liakada

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  8. Oh my goodness, look at this picturesque place and that dessert. I just love traveling through photos with you.

    Kia / house of KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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    1. Thanks Kia! So glad you liked the post :)

      Ash | Liakada

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  9. Gorgeous! SO jealous of your view this time too!
    Dora www.bangsbang.com

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  10. This looks so nice! I don't know how they stay thin either, I gained weight while I lived in France!

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedartree.com

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    1. I gain weight by just looking at bread ugh

      Ash | Liakada

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  11. Amazing photos and those food looks delicious :)

    MONDAY PROJECTS

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  12. Yummy desserts!

    http://beautyfollower.blogspot.gr/

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  13. All that food looks amazing! Great photos too.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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  14. With all the wonderful bread, cheese and wine on offer I would be huge. I'm not sure how the French stay so skinny. Beautiful pics and how wonderful to be able to sit outside in December Lucy x

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    1. It was so nice being able to sit outside! Definitely ate far too much bread as usual!

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