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Michelin star Restaurant JAN Nice

Hey Guys,

A while ago I visited Nice in the South of France for some meetings and to enjoy some time with family. The French Rivera is one of my favorite places to to visit and enjoy the French cuisine. This time I had the privilege to be invited by Restaurant Jan a 4 star Michelin Restaurant in Nice. A 24-seater fine-dining restaurant in the up-and-coming bohemian district of Nice Port, JAN is a celebration of South-African hospitality and serves honest food inspired by local produce from the markets of the South of France.

A little history about Jan. Originally from Middelburg a town in the northern reaches of South Africa, Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen studied culinary arts and applied design in Stellenbosch, after which he worked for food publications both locally and abroad. It is during this time that he happened upon the concept of adapting and serving South African favourites like melktert and biltong to discerning culinary audiences in Europe.

Really loved the details of the Menu

By arrival we we’re hosted by the owner and had a chat with him before starting this beautiful dine experience. We were pointed to to a personal waiter for the evening who was excellently educated and really knew what he was doing. We were offered a 7 course menu including several wines and of course as started a glass of champagne. The seven course tasting menu with traditional influences from South African favorites combined with French techniques and local Mediterranean produce. And I must say all wines were perfectly matched with the dishes.

The main dish included meat with several veggies and brown rice which was very tasteful. A funny fact is that even though the proportions looks small, it really was enough to have fulfilled feeling.

Main course
This dish was covered with real gold

As this was a 7 course menu I could talk for hours about all dishes but I think this won’t be interested ha and you will have to experience this yourself. As told before all dishes are inspired by South African and French heritage with use of local products. Fish, meat and several veggies were included. I really liked the eye for detail that Restaurant Jan has for its decoration of dishes and of course the stunning interior of the Restaurant which felt like a living room. Even the restroom really was something on it’s own, finished with luxurious details and the Hotel Costes Home scent ( Which I recently bought and felt in love with during my many visits to Paris).

Conclusion

Restaurant JAN is really amust to visit when you are spending time in Nice. The staff is very friendly and offers a high level of personal service towards its clients. I really could not wish for a better service or place to have a diner of this level, it really deserves the Michelin stars. Also there is limited space, so it makes it really pleasant to have a diner with loved ones. The decoration and lay-out of Restaurant JAN is really cool as this is inspired on African and French roots. So let me know when you will visit this amazing place?

Enjoy,

Laurent Sebastian

French Riviera summer looks by Nikolaj d’Etoiles

Hi everyone,

As you all might have seen i am spending this summer in The French Provence/ The French Riviera. Why? Because it has it all! A great climate, nature, beachclubs, vineyards and ofcourse it has so many locations to shoot content. You can shoot the dopest shots on every corner of the street. But let’s skip that and try to enjoy the summer holidays!

One of my favorite looks from the collections. It’s dressed and sophisticated.

I am wearing:

  • Hugo Blue Check Virgin wool track pants with matchy jacket

These Track-pants are made form a lux lightweight summer virgin wool. Cut slim for a tailored yet relaxed feeling

 

In June i was flown in to Stockholm to attend some events and to close some exciting deals with Swedish fashion brands. One of them is Nikolaj d’Etoiles, a cool and dressed Swedish brand inspired by the French Riviera lifestyle.  I met the founder in Stockholm and we had the best time and same interests. I mean me a ‘French looking guy’ and a French Riviera inspired brand. What i love the most about this brand is that the collection is made by the best materials which makes the tailoring outstanding. All items are perfectly tailored and dressed but yet easy to wear. I had a pool party in Stockholm and was dressed in one of the outfits from Nikolaj d’Etoiles with both that classy touch and casual look.  It is really showing the French riviera lifestyle in it’s collections as it has basic items with yet goldon features such as zippers or buttons.  I am a huge fan of the current Summer collection as it has items for every kind of occasion, from red carpet to a pool party in my case.

 

A easy look whilst walking around in the streets of Gordes

I am wearing the James hot Orange Nylon Swim shorts in this photo. You can easily wrap this short into a casual or more luxurious outfit. ( See photo below) I also noticed that Orange is my new color for summer, it’s fresh and fancy. Both swimshort and jacket are slimfit and made of 100% poyamide which makes it easy to dry after you took a dive.

 

Super easy look in Stockholm after meeting the Royal princes of Sweden.  The tailored Hugo pants with a plane white polo of Nikolaj d’Etoiles. Finished with loafers and a Goyard clutch. Minimalistic and yet luxurious.

 

I could really recommend you to have a look on the website of Nikolaj d’Eoiles and check their collection.  Click here to get to the website.

 

All the best

 

Laurent

 

 

 

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