When visiting Monaco, magazine journalists do not miss out on visiting local restaurants; the gastronomy of the Côte d’Azur deserves high praise. There is something for everyone, from Michelin-starred restaurants to cozy taverns with a homey atmosphere.
This article will walk you through the restaurants you must visit this summer if you consider yourself a connoisseur of delectable and extraordinary dishes.
The Niwaki Monaco
This elegant Japanese restaurant is built around a spellbinding blend of shoji ceiling and mirrors, creating a sense of infinity — ideal for sampling upscale oriental cuisine. With an extensive list of majestic plates to explore, talented chefs offer delicious creations that elevate great classics. You’ll even get to sit next to the sushi master, where a live cooking experience will introduce you to some of the world’s greatest culinary expertise, as well as exceptionally personalized service. This is an absolute must-see for any foodie out there.
Monte-Carlo Môme, Monaco
In May 2015, Antoine and Ugo Lecorché embarked on a new adventure by opening their first restaurant, Restaurant Florian, in Cannes, which serves Mediterranean cuisine prepared with fresh and seasonal ingredients. Every evening, both locals and visitors are invited to enjoy the pleasures of a small oasis of peace in the midst of a bustling metropolis at the restaurant La Môme. The restaurant, led by chef Julian Cazalas, will take your taste buds on a journey through sunny Mediterranean cuisine. The music of La Môme’s DJ enhances the evenings here, and a cocktail bar is located directly across from the La Môme restaurant. This sophisticated spot, inspired by New York speakeasies with a small and warm atmosphere, allows guests to complement their evening with handcrafted cocktails. Whether it’s a business meeting or a night out with friends, an aperitif or a digestif, the experienced bartenders will greet you with original and professionally prepared creations.
Yannick Alléno’s Pavyllon Monte-Carlo
A restaurant should feel like a home away from home as well as a social hub to create the ideal feel-good atmosphere. Yannick Alléno’s Pavyllon Monte-Carlo has a distinct culinary identity: it is refined and cosmopolitan, much like Monaco itself. It’s everything you’d expect from the Hôtel Hermitage, which is a true jewel in Monaco’s crown, beloved for its culture, refinement, and embodiment of the finer things in life. Three Michelin-starred chef Yannick Alléno and his team use the best local ingredients to create lively, sun-kissed gourmet cuisine, and the main bar provides front-row seating for the kitchen’s culinary ballet. The restaurant’s John Dory fillet with barigoule artichokes, grilled veal chop marinated in yoghurt with sage, and grilled lamb cutlets with smoked mashed eggplant are all must-orders.
Hôtel Métropole’s Summer Yoshi
Beginning on June 17th, the restaurant Yoshi – the only Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant on the Côte d’Azur – appears at the edge of the pool in the Odyssey area and welcomes visitors to enjoy sumptuous Japanese cuisine in an amazing setting designed by Karl Lagerfeld. Takeo Yamazaki is entering his 14th year as head chef at Yoshi, which is located within the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo. He has become a master in combining Japanese and European cuisines and continues to draw inspiration from his numerous trips abroad. All ingredient-driven dishes are prepared on the teppanyaki with the highest quality ingredients and paired with the finest sakés, whiskies, or Japanese green teas selected by the head sommelier. Clients particularly praise two of the chef’s signature dishes: ebi shinjo (shrimp balls with kombu) and ghindara (black cod marinated for 72 hours).