Situated on Coco Beach just after the port of Nice, “La Reserve” is a well-known “restaurant gastronomique, ” famous for its proximity next to the sea, high quality dining, and providing panoramic views. The ambiance is formal, with a contemporary interior design, and sound effects from the waves lapping the shoreline. The food was first-rate, service excellent (but not personable), and views spectacular. But, I had a little reserve about La Reserve….a feeling that something was missing that I couldn’t put my finger on. It wasn’t just the pricey menu (expected for this type of restaurant), but rather a lack of “soulfulness” – everything felt too robotic. It was a black and white, rather than colorful, experience – figuratively speaking and difficult to explain.
Do you know what I mean? Have you ever experienced this at a restaurant?
(The above is my personal opinion and not meant as a critique of the restaurant to sway tourists – your experience may be totally different.)