Le Canon | Restaurant | Nice | Natural wine | France

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Open: Lunch and dinner Mon - Tue and Thu - Fri, dinner Wed
Price: Moderate

Reviewed By

Sue Dyson and Roger McShane
Phone Number: +33 4 93 79 09 24
Address: 23, rue Meyerbeer
Nice, Provence, 06000
Country: France

Le Canon in Nice is a great place to find expertly cooked food of great provenance and a stellar list of natural wines from throughout France chosen by owner Sébastien Perinetti. But it is more than a restaurant, you can also drop in here at any time to buy a bottle or two or three of wine from the well-stocked cellar.
The menu at lunch is basically a subset of the evening offerings. We decided to go in the evening to take advantage of the extra dishes, plus the opportunity to relax over one or two bottles from the great wine selection.
We started with some freshly shucked oysters that were some of the best we have eaten in France. They were quite large and were very briny - tasting of the sea. This was a great start to our meal.
Our next dish was a light stew of very tasty clams cooked with chickpeas - a legume for which the Nicoise have a particular affection. This dish was cooked very precisely with the clams just being cooked through and the chickpeas being soft but not overcooked.
We also shared a lovely dish of veal brains served on slices of cooked apple. The acidity in the apple being a good foil for the creaminess of the brains.
These dishes were washed down with a bottle of Blanc du Casot from Le Casot des Mailloles. This wine is made just south of Collioure by Ghislaine Magnier and Alain Castex and is a particular favourite.
A chicken dish saw two large pieces of perfectly cooked chicken of very good provenance served on a bed of creamy polenta surrounded by a deeply-flavoured sauce that was not too reduced. This was a very satisfying dish.
We also ordered a creamy risotto which was made with Carnaroli rice from Riserva San Massimo which is just below Milano in the Pavia district of Italy. This was served with some lovely mountain snails which provided contrast to the creaminess of the rice.
These two dishes paired seamlessly with a Beaujolais wine from Michel Guignier called Oh! This is a light, refreshing wine that does not dominate the food.
We finished the meal with a pot of yoghurt and a slice of chocolate tart that were both delicious but light and ethereal.
We are definitely looking forward to another visit here soon either for a meal or just to buy some wines to take away from there well-stocked cellar.

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