Home to world-renowned chefs, boasting multiple Michelin stars, Monaco is not just a coastal paradise, but also a haven of culinary delights. With some of the best restaurants in the world, we’ve narrowed down the top fine-dining experiences based on cuisine, atmosphere and that certain ‘je ne sais pas’.
Joël Robuchon, Hotel Metropole
The name alone indicates the prestige of this 2-Michelin star restaurant. The world-renowned chef Joël Robuchon is recognized for his experimental blend of flavors and dedication to the art of the food. Working with Head Chef Christophe Cussac, this Monte-Carlo based restaurant serves a taste of the Mediterranean, focusing on only the finest ingredients. Situated in the majestic Hotel Metropole, close to the main casino square, the open setting creates an intimate relationship between guests and the staff in the preparation station. Witness a masterpiece in the making, while savoring a selection from the exquisite wine list. In the summer months, the clientele relishes the expertly-crafted menu sitting on the terrace, soaking up the warm weather and panoramic views.
Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris
Lined with marble sculptures and crystal chandeliers, Hôtel de Paris is nothing short of a palace, and it is certainly fitting that a restaurant of such grand magnitude resides here. Inspired by the scenic French Riviera, the modern, chic menu at Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse offers an array of aromatic seasoning and a culinary style that’s earned chefs Alain Ducasse and Dominique Lory 3 Michelin stars. Undertake a gourmet journey ranging from blue lobster, to Sautéed veal sweetbread, to a warm lemon from Menton soufflé. The refined detail with which food is carefully put together is apparent in both the presentation and the taste of the dishes.
The raspberries and other fruits are picked from local farms, while the selection of the desserts is made in the chefs’ factory in Paris — an authentic homage to the culinary skill and essence of French cooking.
Effortlessly sauve, Cipriani is famous for its authentic Italian ambiance, as well as its generous portion sizes and friendly waiting staff. Owner Flavio Briatore has dabbled in the fashion world, Grand Prix and more recently, hospitality. His familiarity with the finer-things is apparent in the design of his restaurant. Located on the ground floor of Le Mirabeau building, Cipriani’s signature leather brown armchairs and marble floors reflect the level of luxury one can expect on a yacht. On the first floor, a members-only area comes with a private bar and terrace, and opens for lunches from midday onwards.
The food at Cipriani is flavorful and sophisticated, keeping to traditional tastes of Italy: homemade pasta, herb tomato sauce, thinly-sliced veal, and cured pork cheek — rich and hearty dishes, perfectly accompanied with wines from the continent.
Nobu Monte Carlo
With a chain of restaurants dotted all over the world, Nobu is no stranger to fine-dining and catering to the needs of guests. Acclaimed chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa specializes in Japanese cuisine, merging traditional cooking with infusions of South American spices. Centering on the fifth taste, umami, Nobu radiates excellence in all of its dishes. According to Matsuhisa, each dish comes with a small surprise to encourage diners to expand their pallets and hidden preferences; for him, it’s about “communicating kokoro in every dish” — kokoro being the Japanese term for heart or feeling.
Experience VIP Japan in the Fairmont Monte Carlo, overlooking the blue sea, watching boats sail by. Happy hour runs every evening from 6 to 8 pm when guests can purchase cocktails from the new menu, expertly made by mixologists. With its minimalist décor and modern sushi bar, it’s no surprise Nobu is regularly frequented by celebrities, including Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco.
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