With the Monaco Grand Prix marking the calendar on the 27th May, savvy diners may want to start reserving the best tables in town. Monaco isn’t a spot for slumming it on the food scene. Filled with French savoir fair you can fulfill every Michelin starred fantasy you ever had. From celebrity chefs like Alain Ducasse and Joel Roubuchon to up and coming contenders, here are the best dining spots for finish line food at the fast and furious Monaco Grand Prix…
Le Louis XV
Magnificence surpasses just the menu at Monaco’s most impressive eatery – the beloved Le Louis XV from Alain Ducasse. A paradigm of style; you can expect all the lavish features fit for a king – from the highest grade white linen to ornate flower arrangements, sparkling chandeliers, and gilded gold. Turning your attention to the menu may be difficult in such ornate surroundings but having perfected the art of French flavors over the last thirty years, Alain Ducasse is the master of world class cuisine. Dining here comes at a price, but for the chance to dine at the most famed spot in this yachting playground it’s worth every penny.
Joel Roubuchon is one of the most important names in modern haute couture cuisine which means scoring a table at his Hotel Metropole Restaurant Le Monde is an absolute must. The open style kitchen invites a sense of intimacy, the design is Zen like bright, and the menu utterly contemporary calling on both inspiration from the sea and the French surroundings. As to be expected, the wine selection is gracefully good, and service delivered at a superior high standard. Those visiting for the Grand Prix can opt for the specially selected menu – two days of delicate dining overlooking the track, and a tasting journey that presents everything from fattened chicken to wild strawberry and basil meringue alongside signature wines.
A skip away from the glitzy center of Monte-Carlo and suddenly the world takes on a peaceful hue of white and blue. The Elsa Restaurant is brand new and lays the good life on heavy and this is perfectly fine with us. Sitting out on the terrace beneath billowing white umbrellas and gazing at the sea is the best way to lose an afternoon in-between Grand Prix races. Strong Mediterranean colors are sewn throughout the dishes. Fish comes fresh from the market and the Michelin star lends its own delight– especially when paired with those sommelier wines that are so conducive to loosening tongues and sweet sleeps.
Quai des Artistes
A bright and beautiful brasserie that brings to life a wilder side to Monaco. The Quai des Artistes is that lavish spot for Parisian inspired lunches in rooms filled with frescoes, mirrors and flashes of zinc. Seafood delights sit on ice, waiters waltz to and fro, and the plush ruby red booths invite hours of lounging. A popular spot for the well-heeled crowds who don’t feel like donning their heels for a chic casual afternoon, you can still expect to rub shoulders with the best at the Quai des Artistes.
Le Salon Rose
A modern boudoir mood catches you at the sumptuous and slightly romantic Le Salon Rose. As you tuck into Michelin starred fare you can look right over the terraces of the glitzy casinos that make this French Riviera spot so famous. It’s also a fabulous entre spot before spending a night rolling the dice at the casino, thanks to their perfect partnership with the Mont-Carlo Casino. The menu is Mediterranean with a farm fresh spin – octopus carpaccio, soup with shrimp ravioli, and sea bass with olive cream give you a hint of what wonders to expect whipping out the kitchen.