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Ambitious Dinner at Blue Bay Restaurant, Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort (1* Michelin; Monte-Carlo, Monaco)

[Tradutor] I personally find it interesting that many 1* Michelin restaurants tend to push the envelope with food with young chefs. One of the most unique dinners we had during our visit to Monte Carlo was at Blue Bay at Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Executive Chef Marcel Ravin is from the Caribbean island of Martinique and fuses flavors of his background with French cuisine. He creates bold flavors, interesting textures and uses ingredients that seem exotic to someone who has not visited that small isle. When we arrived from our luxe shuttle (a large Mercedes van just to ourselves)..

Very Good Seafood Dinner at Le Vistamar (1* Michelin; Monte Carlo, Monaco)

[Tradutor] Le Vistamar at Hotel Hermitage is a 1* Michelin restaurant that its menu has particular focus on seafood. The dining room blends a modern palette of neutral-tone hardwood floors, linen-covered banquettes and mostly white décor against a backdrop of aristocratic paneled walls and sprawling terrace with masonry baluster and stunning views of the harbor. We started off our evening with flutes of Pommery Brut Rosé Champagne. Delicately fruity but dry and refreshing. After ordering a couple of dishes, the waiters served us an amuse bouche of red mullet, broccoli, and broccoli puree. While the mullet and broccoli were cooked..

Amazing Desserts at Le Louis XV, Alain Ducasse at Hôtel de Paris (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

[Tradutor] If there were any breathtaking desserts to be had in Monte Carlo, do try to make a reservation to the legendary 3* Michelin restaurant Le Louis XV by Alain Ducasse in Hôtel de Paris. My friend and I would have had dinner there but we had our schedule full for our stay in Monte Carlo. The Hôtel de Paris has its share of attraction from the rare, glamorous and stratospherically expensive cars lined up the hotel’s front entrance and the restaurant does have a view of that from the terrace. When you enter throught the heavy door to the..

Heaven on Earth – Hotel Hermitage (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

[Tradutor] I would daresay, I have stayed and visited at a fair number of luxury hotels but by far my favorite is Hotel Hermitage in Monte Carlo. Everything about this hotel is beautiful and luxurious from the moment you step through the rotating doors and be greeted by the sight of fresh flowers (we saw hydrangea first then orchids) at the comfortable, pastel colored main lobby, all done up in Belle Époque style. This hotel was built in the early 1900s and is one of the two best luxury hotels in Monte Carlo. Its competition the Hotel De Paris is..

Epic Lunch at Restaurant Joël Robuchon (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

[Tradutor] Many thanks to our gracious and generous host Visit Monaco for our trip to Monaco. It’s been a true honor to see, feel, taste what your extraordinary principality is like. And goodness, it felt like heaven on earth! As you might have read the afternoon tea at Hotel Metropole earlier, we also had an epic lunch at Restaurant Joël Robuchon (different days though). While planning for this trip to Monte Carlo, many friends, travel forums, and travel guides mentioned that one of the places one should have a splurge meal is at the 2* Michelin restaurant, Joël Robuchon. On..

Afternoon Tea at Hotel Metropole (Monte Carlo)

[Tradutor] Note: While we were traveling around Paris, we’ve stopped over to the glamorous principality of Monte Carlo. I will be writing an overview post of this side trip summarizing it all but I’m writing the individual dining establishments first before getting to the aforementioned. During our stay in Monaco we stopped by Hotel Metropole for afternoon tea (there is an epic lunch at Joël Robuchon but I’ll get to that post in due time). The beautiful pastries and confections on display are from Robuchon’s kitchen. This is not exactly the traditional afternoon tea fare that you’d presume; there’s a..