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“Aiming high”
Review of Le Nicol's

Le Nicol's
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Diner, French, Seafood, Gastropub
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Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Over the four years since we have known Le Nicol's, in the heart of St Val, we have seen it change. Our first meal some four or five years ago was a treat, great food and wine with attentive service, but over the next couple of years we were disappointed and after two more tries looked elsewhere when we wanted to really treat ourselves.This month we decided to go back, with some young friends who were visiting, because the establishment has had a complete physical makeover in the last year or so and we wanted to see if the overall experience of a meal there had returned to its original standards. On the whole we decided that it has. The interior decor is in a (slightly old fashioned) smart bistro style, with polished wood and comfortable upholstered bench seating etc (and they have tables outside - in the road - when weather permits). The service is bustling, efficient and bright and the overall experience was good. By chance we all ate fish, but there was a good range of meat dishes too. The Marmite (four different fish and a few moules cooked together in a strong shell fish jus) was unusually served on a platter rather than in a bowl, which really worked. Excellent freshness and flavour. Good wine (not cheap of course). My partner had a good cheese course but I thought the desserts (Pain Perdu in my case) did not match the standard of the other dishes we ate. Overall though we felt we had eaten well and even though we all had an apero and coffee (and did not all choose the lower priced menu) the final bill was still reasonable at €40 per head. After this experience we will be happy to eat here again from time to time, and when guests at La Maison Forestiere (our B and B not far from St Val) ask us for a recommendation for somewhere a little more haute de gamme we shall be comfortable to suggest Le Nicol's.

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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We went as a couple for a romantic meal and weren't disappointed. Great food, good selection of wine and the service was impeccable.

Try the savoury Picardy pancake for a starter it was delicious!

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Thank Alicia C
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Reviewed 8 June 2013

We ate here on a Thursday evening - it had been a lovely sunny day and the town was busy in the evening so bookings advisable. They have a few tables outside on the pavement but we chose to eat inside as it seemed more comfortable. They have various priced menus and all seems good value - we recommend the Picardy pancakes, and also had the beef with cheese, which sounds horrible but is actually delicious, they also do a great fish soup.

The staff are really very nice and very helpful and the wine list does not have 'over the top' prices.

Recommended!

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Thank Andrea H
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Reviewed 30 April 2013

Finding a restaurant table for one in a very busy Saint Valery at 13:00 on the Saturday of the tri-annual steam festival is not easy. However, Le Nichol's made me very welcome and squeezed me in upstairs. Had oysters followed by a filet steak. Food quality and preparation were excellent and service was surprisingly good given a heaving restaurant full of French families (always a good sign). Really enjoyed it.

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Thank AndrewVine
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Reviewed 26 April 2013

Our first night in St Valery was a Sunday & there wasn't a lot open in the evening but fortunately Le Nicol;s was. Restaurant was very busy.
I had the fish terrine to start - very good - then we both had moules mariniere & frites - excellent value had €12.50 each & very tasty. We had moules several times on our trip and the moules themselves tend to be much smaller than those you get elsewhere, eg in Belgium. Just that they harvest them at an earlier stage I suppose.With a bottle of Chardonnay & a coffee, bill came to €50 which I thought was good value.
After much swithering & looking at other places, we returned to Le Nicol's the following night. I asked if the could do the paella without meat, only fish/seafood, & this they were only too happy to do. We both had it & it was very good. Again the bill came to €50, this time including two menus at €16.90 - very good value.
Definitely recommended.

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Thank Voigt
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