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Chef’s Guide to Monaco

Le Blue Bay

Monte Carlo Bay is a grand resort. In Le Blue Bay, Marcel Ravin explores spices and condiments: line sole with tamarind, sea scallops and galangal, prawns flambéed in old Martinique rum, the island of his birth. Pepper here, licorice and ginger there, cassava and black truffle elsewhere. A crossroad of ideas and oceans, his cuisine was awarded one Michelin star in 2015.

40 Avenue Princesse Grace

98000 Monaco

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La Chaumière

This is “le grand chic” and very fashionable with views over Monaco and the Prince’s Palace. Sylvain Etiévant, formerly a member of my staff, oversees this property located between the Jardin Exotique and Villa Paloma. This famous place, created by Novaretti’s family has a light brasserie with a contemporary decorated style. Sylvain serves fresh market cuisine at reasonable prices, with a daily lunch. Stockfish, tartar of beef, and penne. Simplicity in a dreamlike décor.

60, boulevard du Jardin Exotique 98000 Monaco

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Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse

Here I serve my original cuisine – my “Mediterranean”. It was in Monaco that I first understood the spirit of The Riviera and that an exceptional landscape can provide simple and healthy food. With Franck Cerruti and his experience from Nice and Tuscany, and with all of my other chefs including Dominique Lory, together we favour taste and produce. Louis XV is a haute couture address with an artisan spirit. Reopening after renovations on 2 April 2015.

Hôtel de Paris

Place du Casino 98000 Monaco

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Condamine market

The Condamine market is in the heart of the Monégasque people. Between Terrazzani Street and Arme’s Place, the covered market, archways and the outdoor market form a historic and popular place for our authentic national dish – “Barbagiuan”. Market gardeners, bakers, pork butchers, fish merchants and florists offer an identity with a lot of tastes and colours. Created in 1880, this market at the foot of “the Rock” has been sympathetically renovated. This is a famous place with brasseries, wine bars, art of “merenda” (lunch), and Monégasque specialties. You can sit down at the table on the central place surrounded by stylized stalls on an old street façade. Such a typical neighbourhood market, a Provençal village next to the sea port.

15, place d’Armes

98000 Monaco

 

Maya Bay

Maya Bay provides a pinch of the Far East at Le Roccabella with the sushi bar in the Japanese model of this quite calm place. Their Thai restaurant is also very zen and you enter through an imperial red secret door. Get into kimono and orchid décor to taste the spicy and traveled cookery of the Thai chefs. Let yourself be tempted by the Thai basil cotton candy, childish and light.

24 avenue Princesse Grace

98000 Monaco

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La Trattoria Sporting Monte-Carlo

I love Italy; this is not a secret! I love it because of its faithfulness, its real sense of tastes, organic spirit, its conviviality and its family traditions. I wanted to restore these values in this contemporary Trattoria. Patrick Laine offers generous and tasty meals: antipasti, salumeria, pizzette and risotto, but also fish and meats alla brace and finally, a delicious gelati which is accompanied by a Limoncello Amalfi. A dolce vita moment!

Avenue Princesse Grace 98000 Monaco

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La Vigie

La Vigie is more than a restaurant, It is a cape, a peninsula – another world. From the terrace with its majestic Aleppo pines, Monaco with its modernity are kept at bay. The chef Paolo Sari has created some exotic dishes: sautéed shrimp in sesame oil, black cod fillet lacquered or grilled scampi brochette. On summer evenings, la Vigie with its blue lines is a wonderful scene, the image itself of a travelling and soulful Riviera.

Monte-Carlo Beach

Avenue Princesse Grace

06190 Roquebrune-Cap Martin

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Le Vistamar

This Belle Époque style palace has been given a facelift, from the Beaumarchais Hall to the Gustav Eiffel designed dome. Upstairs, the suites and rooms have been decorated by Pierre-Yves Rochon with wall frescoes, murals and pearl-grey tones.  At Le Vistamar, contemporary décor lights up the Joël Garault’s restaurant. He sails between land, sea, creeks and hills: expect to find squid stuffed with herbs or barigoule vegetables with pinches of vanilla. Joël Garault is subtle and precise.

Square Beaumarchais

98000 Monaco

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Il TerazzinoIn

this corner of the Place du Casino, the antipasti buffet evokes an Italian feeling, but on the menu by the Neapolitan Raffaele Russo, the food and wine combinations extol the virtues of the cuisine of Campania and Sicily. The arbour-like verandah and the garden fresco which decorates the wall make it a lovely trattoria.

2 Rue des Iris

98000 Monaco

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Yoshi

Yoshi, which means kindness in Japanese, opened its doors in the courtyard of the Hotel Metropole. Here Joël Robuchon has created his first Japanese restaurant in the world. This is a novel restaurant with contemporary décor. This restaurant is both original and refined, in the style of “Kaiseki”- the frugal meal served during the tea ceremony. The gastronomy has a sense of another place, another culture, with kombu consommé, Gillardeau oysters in jelly with crispy algae, black cod marinated and cooked or collectors’ sake. There is life beyond sushi!

Hôtel Métropole Monte Carlo

4 Avenue de la Madone

98000 Monaco

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