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Review: Joya Lifestore restaurant, Quartier du Marais, Nice

Whether you intend to go for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, apero, dinner or even brunch, dining at Joya Lifestore restaurant is always a treat.

When I made it down to Nice in the “little Marais” quarter, which used to be the popular and industrial area of Nice but became trendy again, I knew it was going to be a delicious meal.

Joya Lifestore is graced in stunning décor where everything can be bought from the furniture like the tables or chairs, the accessories from the crockeries to the candles, the lamps and even the carpets. Since I have been there, I can’t stop thinking about the beautiful metal lanterns standing up to the round table area. Their design would perfectly suit my interior!

On arrival at Joya Lifestore for my review, we were seated towards the back of the restaurant on stools, facing the nice surroundings of the place.

The first time I went there it was for lunch on a Saturday. For our starters, we ordered the beetroot soup topped with fresh goat cheese and chives (12€). I could not resist to finish this luscious soup, perfectly coloured, with a consistency that delighted my palate.

For the first time, my lunch companion tried razor shells (14€) which arrived nicely presented in pyramid.  It was well cooked so that it was not overly chewy and the taste was nicely complemented by the shallots and parsley.

For my main course at Joya Lifestore, I decided to have the semi-cooked tuna with sesame crust, plum and fresh vegetables (19€). The carefully crafted tuna was succulent and perfect as a main course because not too heavy.

My lunch companion tried the risotto with cucurbits and chorizo strips (15€). The risotto itself was creamy as it needs to be and delicious.

It was now time for deserts and I could not resist ordering a portion of traditional tarte tatin (5€) while my dining companion preferred a ‘religieuse with Carambar foam’ (7€). The religieuse arrived elegantly in its plate and I have to admit I was a bit jealous but I was already almost full and happy with my tasty tart.

My lunch at Joya Lifestore was a lovely experience. The service was attentive, the food was delicious and only composed of seasonal products. The decor is very chic, makes you feel at home, resulting in an amazing and relaxed meal. Their wine bar features a wide range of “natural” wines, favourite wines from small wineries and references to Bellet wines (on the hills of Nice).

I have visited Joya Lifestore again including for the Sunday brunch (29€) which proposes a menu with one fresh juice, one hot drink and a rich buffet of salty and sweet food. Obviously eggs but also vegetables, cheese, salmon as well as pancakes and a large variety of homemade pastries.

Visit Joya Lifestore restaurant’s website

Address: 1 place des pins, 06000 Nice.

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