La Nicoise Cafe
of 34 reviews
12 S Braddock St, Winchester, VA - Map
This place is delicious, I am a French food lover and let me tell you this food is amazing and fresh. Would recommend ordering the French Onion soup and the snapper as well as the scallops. You will not be disappointed. Great service and great owner. Make sure you order desert!
On November 9, 2014 my daughter and I had Sunday Brunch at La Niçoise Café, 12 South Braddock Street in Winchester. Hours are Sunday, Brunch 11:00 AM-3:30 PM, Dinner 5:00 PM-8:00 PM; Tuesday-Saturday, Lunch 11:30 AM-2:30 PM; Dinner, 5:00 PM-8:00 PM.
The telephone number is (540) 722-4557, and reservations are suggested. A Web page at www.lanicoisecafe.com offers menus. It is Winchester's only French restaurant.
Entry is directly from the street, with no vestibule to restrict cold air from the outside. The dining area is divided, with one room in the right front, and another in the back on the right, and a larger room on the left.
The side walls are exposed bare brick, and are decorated with European scenes and art work. Seating is at tables of various sizes, and there was no TV or background music.
We were seated by owner Frederic Boukaia and given two menus. One was in a folder and showed their regular brunch offerings, while the other was a loose pink sheet with brunch specials.
The regular menu listed Soups, Salads, Crepes, French Toast, Eggs Benedict, Omelets, Sandwiches, Sausage, Steak, Salmon, and Mussels.
My daughter ordered a Mediterranean omelet from the regular menu, made with red and green bell pepper, onion, and merguez sausage, with herb roasted potatoes and a side of house salad.
The salad was small and served on the same platter as the omelet and potatoes. She was pleased with her serving, and ordered Cream Brulee, a custard similar to Flan, for dessert.
I selected French onion soup and a soft shell crab from the special menu. The soup was piping hot, and had been baked in a small ceramic bowl with a thick crust of cheese.
The crab was served with yellow rice, and was merely warm, apparently because of delay in being served. After I sent it back to the kitchen it was returned steaming hot, and the owner apologized.
I had not inquired as to how the crab would be prepared. It had apparently been sautéed instead of broiled, and was soggy and mushy, without the crispness I prefer; I would not order it again here. I do like seafood, and on my next visit I'll try the mussels, scallops, or shrimp.
In January 2007 La Niçoise replaced the Tucano Restaurant, a Brazilian place at this location which used a toucan, a big-billed tropical bird as its logo, and served paella.Before that it was Karrow's Café, run by Ted Karrow and his wife, with a predominantly Italian cuisine.
Karrow's, in turn, was successor to the Braddock Street Bistro, whose waiters used roller skates and gave you crayons to draw on the sheets of plain paper covering the tables while you were waiting to be served.
Overpriced, service bordered on rude and passive aggressive. Tried it on multiple occasions and felt sorry I went there each time. Just because it is an early bird menu doesn't mean that it doesn't cost us a bunch, or that the food and service have to be mediocre.