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For a once-in-a-lifetime meal that transcends Mediterranean cooking, book a table at gastronomic landmark, Louis XV*, headed by Alain Ducasse, who has maintained his holy trinity of Michelin stars year after year. It’s hard to keep your eyes on your food (served on crystal and gold flatware), since the gilded jewel-box dining room is a belle époque extravaganza of frescoed ceilings. Unforgettable highlights include a “cookpot” of tender baby vegetables, prawns with caviar, milk-fed lamb en cocotte, and a warm hazelnut soufflé or edible gold leafed pastries for dessert. WWW.ALAIN-DUCASSE.COM Across Casino Square, inside the sumptuous Jacques Garcia-designed Hotel Metropole is Joël Robuchon*, presiding chef Christophe Cussac whips up a feast of dishes in the open-plan kitchen, where dozens of chefs slice and chop. Don’t miss the lobster à la plancha with spinach and wasabi or order up a storm of mouth-watering tasting portion tapas, from foie gras with cherries confites and almonds to delicate sweetbreads and stuffed Swiss chard. WWW.METROPOLE.COM Fusion foodies should head straight for the Blue Bay*, at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort where Martinique-born chef, Marcel Ravin, dishes up his flavourful wildly creative cuisine (hamburgers stuffed with foie gras, John Dory with chorizo, poached pear with caramel and Tonka beans) in an elegant laid-back atmosphere. Check out the splendiferous Sunday champagne brunch. WWW.MONTECARLOBAY.COM Tucked away in the famous sharp “Formula One curve” of the port is Le Virage*, an ultramodern all-white lounge bar with tasty Mediterranean-style choices (fish soup, octopus carpaccio with fennel, and feather-light sugarless desserts) and a front-row view of the yachts. WWW.VIRAGE.MC To escape the crowds, head to A’trego* in Cap d’Ail, twenty metres past Monaco’s coastal border with France. Both a restaurant and an evening “members only” lounge, this glam 3-storey Starck-designed eatery with a waterfront nautical deck terrace offers up an eclectic range of fancy snack fare, from lobster and royal caviar to gourmet pizza. WWW.RESTAURANTATREGO.COM * * BEST RESTAURANTS... * Nothing compares with the annual high-octane excitement of Formula One, but all year round Monaco now rivals the most cosmopolitan European cities, with a surge of hip new contemporary-style restaurants, nightspots and spas. There is culture too. Don’t miss the cutting-edge exhibitions at the Villa Paloma (www.nmnm.mc), the Principality’s new contemporary art museum housed in a dusty-pink villa, perched on a cliff beside the botanical gardens. On the horizon, the soon-to-be transformed Yacht Club - an 1800 square metre futuristic glass multi-level complex designed by Sir Norman Foster, confirms the dawning of what is undeniably Monaco’s New Era. * { 51 } Superyacht Living & Style Magazine 2013


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