Who said that wine was a man’s world? At the Vingt4, a new wine bar and bistro in Nice, the feminine touch can be felt in every detail.
The owner, Michèle Degaudens, is the aunt of Jacques Rolancy, honoured “Meilleur Ouvrier de France” in 1996 and the chef of the nearby restaurant, Les Viviers. Together, they have decided to create a convivial restaurant that offers a cuisine based on fresh seasonal products from the market. The restaurant definitely has the feminine touch though, from the decoration, a luminous setting with touches of lilac and white, through to the wine list, which has been selected by a panel of women.
There are no freezers or microwaves to be found in the kitchens here, all dishes are homemade and the menu changes regularly. For the sweet tooth amongst you, there are superb desserts, signed by Pascal Lac, the city’s most famous chocolate maker, and at lunchtime, the coffee is free for all the female customers.
Meanwhile; the wines, some of which have been produced by women, are presented by colour and flavor and are accompanied by tasting notes. And if you need suggestions for food pairings, the waiters will gladly help you. It is not so often that the service is friendly and attentive in the region, so it is worth mentioning that the waiters are extremely courteous and knowledgeable. They want you to enjoy the experience and will carefully listen to your specific requests.
But, the Vingt4 is not just a wine bar, it is also an all-day restaurant that takes care of your eating needs from 7:30am to late in the evening. Nice pastries for breakfast, salads, gourmet dishes, tapas…the menu may be short and simple, but it does offer a vast variety of choices! A catering service is also available for those who do not have time to cook and are in need of a salad or an aperitif basket.
The Vingt4 is opened from Monday to Saturday from 7:30am to 10pm (closed on Monday evening).
Bar à vins – Restaurant le Vingt4
24, rue Alphonse Karr
Tél. 04 93 88 45 49
All photographs © Mike Colquhoun