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.

Maison du Caviar, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

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


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.


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


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.

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.


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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