Côte d’Azur: Monaco

Ah… Monaco, Monaco.

Monte-Carlo casino

All the glitz, glamour, multibillionaires, fast cars, yachts and bling that one cannot get enough of in Dubai.

And snobbery.

Wait, but no.

Curiously enough, I did not get that.

In fact, I felt more like everyone was there just to relax and enjoy themselves along the Mediterranean coast, with a lot less pretentiousness than one would expect from a place such as this, which is certainly less than I can say about some others… I’d in fact felt like Nice was a sleepy (passé) fishing village with a (wannabe English-speaking) older population, a place way too pretentious for itself, as compared to the classy magnificence and glamour that is Monaco.

I like it. I found myself finding an unexpected charm in Monaco, and really enjoyed myself there.

Wandering through the city, strolling directly uphill a short distance from the casino, we found a beautiful place for lunch – Maison du Caviar.

It was exceptional.

Loved the atmosphere, it felt exactly like a place I would frequent for nice, relaxing but luxurious weekend brunches.

Choose to dine al fresco on the terrace under the Mediterranean sun and people-watch, or indoors amidst the restaurant’s classic and comfortable interiors.

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Maison du Caviar, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Service was fantastic, the food delectable and classically French, with an excellent selection of wines.

 

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warm goat’s cheese salad

The warm goat’s cheese salad was thoroughly enjoyable, with pockets of cheese wrapped in wafer-thin pastry and flash-fried for a crispy, golden crunchiness on the outside complementing a warm, melty, gooey, creamy finish on the inside.

Exquisite.

Left me craving for more, much much more of this delicious appetiser.

 

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foie gras salad

 

And of course, we had to sample the quintessentially French starter – the foie gras salad.

Served up simple, straightforward, with quality foie gras and a simple tossed salad.

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grilled sea bass

The grilled sea bass was served on a bed of couscous and zucchini, topped with fresh tomatoes dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette, finished with fresh extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

Needless to say, everything was Fresh, Mediterranean, and Delish.

 

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duck confit

Another French classic – the duck confit served with potatoes cooked in duck fat. So sinful. So satisfying.

 

Definitely a place to dine at if you happen to find yourself in Monte Carlo; we’ll definitely be back too if we do!

 

Bookmark it now:

1 Avenue Saint Charles

98000 Monte-Carlo, Monaco

 

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lyve.

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