O Mai restaurant (tel: 04 93 62 73 54; 5, rue Blacas) reflects the creeping popularity of sushi in Nice. (I’ve been waiting a long time for this trend to take off and now it has!) O Mai is a sleek, bright Japanese restaurant in the heart of Nice’s commercial district. There’s a no-frills dining room and a U-shaped counter–perfect for single diners, especially women. You can tell they had our needs in mind when they thoughtfully installed discreet under-the-counter hooks for hanging our handbags. The menu also seems designed to cater to the ever-slimming sex. Sushi is present and accounted for but I choose their special salad which consists of brochettes of beef, chicken or shrimp on a bed of noodles with bean sprouts, cilantro and lettuce topped with sweet Asian sauce. It was delicious. The shrimp was fresh and perfectly grilled and the rest of the ingredients worked together beautifully. But it was. . .light. A few hours later I was again ravenous. Oh well. It was fun while it lasted.
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