Monaco has always been a hub for gastronomy for the luxury travel enthusiast and this year the principality has some amazing new culinary concepts springing to life. Here are three new restaurants worth a visit in Monaco.
Em Sherif at the Hôtel de Paris
The first is Em Sherif at the Hôtel de Paris. Coming to Europe via Beirut, Em Sherif was founded by Mireille Hayek in 2011 and celebrates the authenticity while showing the level of refinement possible in Lebanese cuisine. Yasmina Hayek, the founder’s daughter, who trained at the Paul Bocuse Institute, is running the Monaco outpost of this international restaurant group.
According to founder, Mireille Hayek, “Lebanon gifted me the culture I am so proud of. It's what constantly inspires Em Sherif and it’s what has allowed me to succeed. Bringing this culture to Monaco in a place as legendary as Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is such a joy; it gives me the opportunity to transmit my love for my country.” Em Sherif offers both indoor and outdoor dining on the ground floor of the Hôtel de Paris overlooking the Mediterranean.
Pavyllon Monte-Carlo at the Hermitage
Pavyllon Monte-Carlo, a restaurant by Yannick Alléno, also opened this season at the Hôtel Hermitage. Already holding a Michelin Star, it is certainly worthy of booking a table before the season is over. A night at Pavyllon Monte-Carlo is as magical as they come. The rooftop location overlooking the harbor alone is worth a visit, but that combined with the exceptional menu makes for an ideal evening. Chef Yannick Alléno has shaken up what fine dining is all about in Monaco.
“The choice of Monaco for Pavyllon was not made randomly; the Principality has always been a forerunner when it comes to gastronomy. I am very pleased to offer Monaco residents a place that takes a fresh look at the style of the gourmet restaurant, with azure-tinted cuisine and an atmosphere that promises relaxation,” he says. The atmosphere is lively and convivial and entices guests to linger. The menu draws mainly on local produce, even as local as the market garden at Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo itself, creating wonderfully seasonal dishes.
Café de Paris
Last but not least: While not new, the Café de Paris has experienced some changes this year and is now in a new location. As part of the ongoing restructuring of the Place du Casino square, the Café de Paris is going through a complete renovation of the restaurant. Currently, the restaurant has relocated to the Salle Empire in the Hôtel de Paris. So, if you want to dine on the classic Café de Paris menu, you will need to do so at Salle Empire until the new and improved Café de Paris reopens in 2023. However, guests can still enjoy drinks on the terrace of the Place du Casino and enjoy all the people (and supercar) watching that an aperitif in Monaco typically entails.