Chef Alexandre Mazzia, who holds two Michelin stars at his restaurant in Marseille, is without question one of the most dazzlingly creative cooks working in the south of France right now. And, to the delight of gourmands in the region, he has just opened Niro, a new restaurant in Aix-en-Provence. This lively young restaurant has positioned itself as a cross between a brasserie and street food, which means it offers excellent casual dining with dishes that can be shared (or not, if you prefer).
Stopping by for lunch, we enjoyed an excellent yellow tomato gazpacho with green-apple vinegar, lemon thyme and tomato sorbet with cumin seeds, courgette-flower tempura with a turmeric-spiked tomato ketchup, and socca (chickpea-flour crêpes) with yogurt and herbs and ginger to start. We then tucked into a succulent veal chop with peppered béarnaise sauce and palangre (a Mediterranean fish) with an aubergine gâteau made with miso and a sauce vierge. All of these dishes were fresh, bright, flavourful and inventive, and service here is charming too.
7 Place des Tanneurs, Aix-en-Provence 13100
Tel: +33 04 42 92 71 35
Average à la carte €65
From France Today magazine
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