Restaurant Joel Robuchon – Monte Carlo

January 16, 2006

On Sunday, January 15, 2006, we went for lunch with another couple to the Restaurant Joel Robuchon in the Hotel Métropole Monte Carlo after a terrific Mozart concert at the Salle Garnier. The restaurant offers a menu for €60 every day at lunch.  It includes a starter, main course, dessert, two glasses of wine and coffee. There are about eight choices for each course.  Three of us had the menu with the rotisserie du jour, which was chicken and quite good. It came with the famous purée of Robuchon, which we found interesting, but disappointingly bland and gooey, considering how much we had heard of it. Our fourth diner had two plates from the small dishes menu, quail and sweetbreads; they were an appropriate small size and very good. There is also a regular à la carte menu which is not large, predictably expensive, but is probably quite good. The restaurant was half full and the service and ambiance were good. In the evening only there is a tasting menu at 160€, along with the à la carte. It looked typical of such menus with five starters, a main course choice of quail or lamb, cheese and dessert.

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Addendum : 

On January 7, 2007, Linda and I returned for lunch after another Sunday morning concert at the Salle Garnier. The menu is now 65€. We started with two glasses of champagne. The amuse-gueule was a glass of cauliflower mousse with a bit of Menton lemon glaze on top: nice. 

Linda’s first course was two nicely caramelized half-scallops on a bed of eggplant purée served with a small mesclun salad, which I ate as it went better with my carpaccio of red tuna with sprinkled sun-dried tomatoes. The main courses were slices of roast suckling pig and of rich, braised veal cheek, both served with the famous puréed potatoes, which we liked a bit better this time. We had desserts from the cart. Four glasses of agreeable wine and good coffee came with the menu. It was all very pleasant, expensive by most standards, but not overly so considering it was Sunday lunch in the heart of Monte Carlo.

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