April 10, 2013

Eurotrip 2013: 2 Days in Nice, France x Bong Lai

Eurotrip 2013: Photo walk and dinner at Bong Lai Vietnamese restaurant in Nice, France from April 6 to 7, 2013.

Europe 2013 | Bong Lai @ Nice, France

The South of France lived up to its beautiful, relaxing, and charming European getaway reputation. A God of Apollo statue and fountain centred in the town square greets visitors from all around the world.

Europe 2013: Nice, FranceEurope 2013: Nice, France

Nice proved to be unsurprisingly "nice" and a much busier, more heavily populated spot than first thought with an idyllic, clear blue, sandy coastline beach.

Europe 2013 | Bong Lai @ Nice, France

Craving for Asian cuisine and curious about French-Vietnamese dining, we visited the well regarded Vietnamese eatery Bong Lai. Our expensive €12 bowl of phở was decent (with good soup but dry noodles) and satisfied our cravings. Their bún thịt nướng (barbecue pork with vermicelli noodles, very top) was decent and they had some solid, meaty spring rolls.

Europe 2013 | Bong Lai @ Nice, FranceEurope 2013 | Bong Lai @ Nice, France

I showed off and spoke/ordered speaking Vietnamese and chatted with the owner. She specially made for us a couple cups of cà phê sữa đá (iced milk coffee) and gave us complimentary mango tapioca pudding for dessert. It was an expensive yet satisfying, fairly authentic meal.

Europe 2013: Nice, FranceEurope 2013: Nice, France

Walking down one of the many alleys and side streets in the Vieux-Nice (aka "Old Nice") neighbourhood of town and the Marche aux Fleurs showed the city was full all kinds of hidden restaurants and shops.

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