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European chef opens Cafe Nic by Patti Babcock Superbly prepared cuisine served in a friendly atmo- sphere with relaxing background music and modest prices provide a"fine dining"experience at Cafe Nicole, Pahrump's newest restaurant. Chef/owner, Michel Mal, and his two assistant chefs prepare Northern Italian dishes to delight the most discriminating diner. The Chef resigned from Piero' s, a five star restaurant in Las Vegas, to open his own establishment in Pahrump. Originally from the countryside near Brussels, Belgium, Mal was attracted by the small town amenities, friendly people, clean air and lack of congestion. He happily ex- changed city lights for star light. Quality food is Mal's first priority. He makes his sauces from fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic. Twice a week, fresh fish is flown in from San Diego. Homemade pasta tops the 11 "enu. Homemade breads are notable for texture and taste. ?' astries and desserts, prepared in the Care Nicole kitchen, are exquisite and the perfect finale for a splendid meal. Pahrumpians, guests and tourists can delight in a dining experience only a first-rate chef can provide. Mal is excep- tional because he does what he loves and has spent most of his life mastering his craft. "In Europe people de- cide very early, often by age 12, what they will do. My parents owned a restaurant in Brussels, and I decided I wanted to do that," Mal said. He attended culinary school for four years followed by a year of pastry and bakery "  " training. Another year was devoted to gaining wine ex- pertise. By age 20, Mal owned his own restaurant in Brus- sels. He subsequently worked as a chef in France, Italy and Switzerland. Albu- querque, New Mexico was his first home in the United States. There he was a partner in two re[aurants, one Italian/ German the other French/Italian. A job offer from the Mirage lured him to Las Vegas. Mal moved from the Mirage to the Rio and finally to Piero' s, where he was a chef for five years. Cafe Nicole opens a new world of dining in Pahrump. A restaurant where the only business is preparing and serving fine food. Centrally located on Highway 372 just west of Highway 160, the restaurant is accessible to all areas of the valley. The restaurant opened Monday for dinner only during the first week, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday, August 11, Cafe Nicole will begin full service Monday through Saturday. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Menu items will also be available to take out. Phone 751-1188. Mal and his two assistant chefs, Mario Pineda and Nelson Escobar, have moved from Las Vegas to make Pahrump their home. When asked about the future Mal says, "I'm here to do what I like to do, serve the people. I have put my life in this place." SUPERB CUISINE-(L-R) Assistant Chefs Mario Pineda and Nelson Escobar with Chef/Owner Michel Mal show a sample of fresh fish prepared at Cafe Nicole. Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, August 7, 1997 17 DON'S RADIATOR SERVICE "THE LEAK STOPS HERE" Complete Cooling and Heang System Service 751-2000 Doufl Clripp 1060 E. Third St. Pahnunp, NV 89041 (Third and Center) ' Chicken fingers "Burger. Shakes BBQ - Gos Homemade Chl Wings. Subs Phllly Steaks Club House - Pettymelt m DAILY BURGER Orders welcome Patrol Services  Guard Services Vacation Watch Immediate Communication and Observation During Child Visitation - Personal 727.1609 Harrassment/Intimidation Latch Key Children \\;oor o Peez % Custom Home .... ..... Design C,,.nter FLOORING N 6471 S. Homestead (Across Irom Sod Farm) 727-0744 Contractors Lic. #38250 Lic.# P- 115-SS Lic. # P-450-CS Sign of an Expert 21 Colors to choose from While Supplies Last- :;elling out fast