Stars in their Eyes: The Best New Restaurants in Monaco
June 5, 2018
Exciting new openings across the Principality
Monaco is one of the most glamorous destinations in the world with an enviable selection of haute cuisine. Its idyllic Mediterranean location and proximity to France and Italy attract some of the finest international chefs who come with a plethora of accolades and Michelin stars. Dining in Monaco is a top priority for foodie residents and tourists alike. Elegant, upscale eateries sit alongside luxury Monaco real estate and to live in the Principality is to dine in style. In addition to firm favourites like Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse at the Hôtel de Paris, Joel Robuchon at the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo and La Maree, Monaco has recently welcomed the following three restaurants to its fine dining scene.
After London, Monaco heralds the first step in Europe for the exclusive Latin American restaurant and Members’ Club COYA. The venue, which opened over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend in partnership with Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM), occupies pole position at the Sporting Monte-Carlo along the Larvotto waterfront and is set to become the ultimate pre-Jimmy’z destination. Diners will experience a fusion of Peruvian flavours and Asian influences brought together by Chefs Sanjay Dwivedi and Fabrizio Fossati using modern European cooking techniques.
The interior of the 257-cover venue has a contemporary design featuring Peruvian artefacts, plants and custom hand-crafted furniture. Tables are set around an open kitchen where diners can watch the mouth-watering dishes being prepared, while a private dining room for 30 can be reserved for unrivalled exclusivity. The spacious terrace overlooks the sea with views that are best enjoyed with an exotic fruit-infused shisha or one of COYA’s signature cocktails. In summer, resident DJs will spin tunes in a booth next to the Pisco Bar & Lounge. COYA is on course to become the hottest establishment of the summer so don’t forget you heard it here first!
COYA is on course to become the hottest establishment of the summer so don’t forget you heard it here first!
Another new addition to the Monaco dining scene, Bagatelle restaurant occupies a corner of the Casino Square in an exclusive spot overlooking the gardens of the Café de Paris. It has quickly gained a reputation as the go-to spot in town for Monaco’s socialites who love executive chef Rocco Séminara’s flavoursome dishes. He has received training from famous names such as Alain Ducasse, inheriting expert vision and deft culinary skills. Chef Séminara’s Lobster Ceviche with its grapefruit, lemon, lime, herb and avocado ingredients, is the signature dish to try.
The award-winning London design house Lambart & Browne have created an exquisite interior of artistry that incorporates several areas including more secluded spots for privacy. Its Manhattan style blends with a touch of Belle Epoque glamour to make this a truly unique place for networking, celebrating, and wining and dining. The space is indulgent but relaxed with plenty of light thanks to the high ceilings and large windows which sunlight streams through, while the terrace is an elegant open glasshouse.
With its modern Moroccan decor and authentic Indian cuisine, Maya Jah has proven to be a popular addition to the restaurant scene in Monaco. Located on the exclusive Avenue Princesse Grace near Larvotto Beach and its exclusive Monaco real estate, it’s a wonderful place for business lunches and more leisurely evening meals. The oriental decor features lanterns lining the terrace ceiling, while the sleek furniture design offers a clean uncluttered space. These factors combined with a warm and welcoming service contribute to the venue’s laid-back but sophisticated ambience. Chef Ravinder Negi creates timeless dishes and the tandooris and marinated kebabs are especially tasty. At night, the venue livens up with a DJ playing contemporary tunes and the extensive cocktail menu becomes very enticing.
These three new restaurants ensure that dining in Monaco remains as cosmopolitan as Paris, London and New York.