Nice - Hotel Negresco - La Rotunde

Instead of ringing in 2012 with a wild night out, we decided to celebrate with a more refined brunch at Hotel Negresco on January 1.  
We settled into our table upstairs at La Rotunde.  As you can see, the restaurant features a carousel theme.  
We leisurely perused the menu and kicked off our sumptuous dining experience.
An ice bucket was delivered to keep our white wine cold.
Fresh French rolls were served up on dainty plates one at a time.
The waiter brought out an amuse bouche.  We couldn't quite understand what it was from the French name but it tasted like consomme jelly with barley and creme fraiche.
Even the sparkling water was festive in honor of the new year.
Looking up between courses, we admired a cherub chasing colorful birds.
We tuckered into pastry filled with fois gras -- so delicious!...
...and sea bass carpaccio.
Our fish course featured a roast fillet of cod...
...and sole stuffed with mushrooms and hazelnuts.
Chicken supreme and filet of beef rounded out the savory courses.
We needed a breather before dessert and took a moment to look around our surroundings at the carefully painted horses with feathers in their bridle.
More sea birds adorned the outer walls.
At last...we were ready for dessert, always my favorite part of a meal.  We tried one of each...a dainty chocolate marble cake and a caramel cube.
The caramel cube was exquisite.
We thought we were finished but apparently not quite.  We were given a selection of mini-cookies along with our espresso.
We looked down at the diners enjoying their brunch experience below before settling the bill and heading downstairs ourselves.
We took the opportunity to explore the common areas of Hotel Negresco.  A giant atrium and sitting area featured all manner of modern art.
To be honest, I found the doll's head attendant on the ladies room door to be a bit creepy.
We emerged into the late afternoon sunshine after the 3 hour brunch extravaganza.
We found a cozy and relaxing spot to watch the remains of the day slip away.
We headed back to our hotel for our final night in Nice taking one last look at Hotel Negresco now bathed in colorful spotlights.

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