Sadly (for my taste buds) but fortunately (for my wallet and waistline) I don’t dine out often in Nice. This is a sorry state of affairs for someone like me who enjoys a good meal — wine, cheese, and dessert included — without having the hassle of cleaning up afterwards.
While I do have a few favourite places where I like to relax and have a meal here in Nice, when it comes to picking out a yummy treat to cap a lovely meal chez moi the first name that comes to mind is LAC Chocolatier.
In 2010, shortly after moving into our new apartment, a walk to the port took us past LAC’s rue Barla location. The prettily coloured macarons and shiny chocolates in the window called to me. It became a joke every time we neared the boutique. D would ask me: “can you hear them calling your name?” I’ve never ventured inside.
Sometime later, on a walk down rue Gioffredo I found myself nose to glass at yet another LAC boutique. This time I ventured in and quickly I fell in love with Pascal Lac’s creations. There was glossy chocolate glaze on one cake; another was snow-white and beautiful. I wanted to try them all. Instead, reason kicked it and I left only with chocolates in hand, a smile on my face, and the anticipation of tasting something really yummy.
But that seemed like an age. In fact, the last time I was in a LAC boutique my mother was visiting with us. As a little treat, we had popped into the Gioffredo location to pick out a little snack. That was the last time…
…until this last Saturday.
As luck would have it, Pascal Lac and his team opened a new boutique on rue de la Préfecture. Could I be more blessed? I pass the corner where the boutique is located several times each week as I head to the market to stock the fridge with fresh fruits and vegetables. Don’t even ask if I stopped in. That boutique is like the Mother Ship to me.
I took my time, my hand over my mouth to stifle the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ and to stop the drool from finding its way down my chin. The pâtes de fruit (fruit jellies), the chocolate-almond rochers, the mini cakes were all begging to be purchased by yours truly. Where to start? What to buy? Macarons? No, maybe next time. Something chocolate? Of course!
I splurged…and justified the splurge too. I bought two mini cakes — one for me (a vanilla cream/raspberry concoction) and one for D (a chocolate dome with a nutty praline-like base) — some chocolate-almond rochers, and 6 bugnes (to go with coffee after lunch).
I’ve passed the new boutique since my splurge but each time D was with me. We didn’t go in…but I did see him look longingly at the cakes in the window.
12, rue de la Préfecture
04 93 53 60 69
49, rue Gioffredo
04 93 82 57 78
18, rue Barla
04 93 55 37 74