Isak / Restaurant Joya Lifestore
Bid your goodbyes to the 12-person communal table upstairs at La Rossettisserie (Le Guide Fooding’s Best Table d’Hôte of 2016), and make way for Joya, the brand new eccentric experience from Swedish chef Isak Oldenburg. The pitch? A modern 280m2 boutique featuring a kid’s corner, coworking spaces and a restaurant with a long wooden bar painted black, which is where you’ll find the best and most natural products from Nice. The day we went, served à la carte: a divine cauliflower velouté, two egg yolks, figatellu and Swedish spelt bread for dipping (€10); impeccable calamari stuffed with three types of meat, served over a lemon and Parmesan risotto (€17); before an incredibly gourmet chocolate mousse, given an extra boost from the first strawberries and raspberries of the season, and a vanilla-infused caramel sauce (€7). There are only good things to be found in the glasses as well, like a fruity white Coteaux-d’Aix from the Château Bas (€6), or a natural rosé from the Domaine Les Terres Promises (€34 a bottle). Sunday brunch for €29, à la carte €29-36. // M.F.