Royal Riviera Hotel – Cap Ferrat

September 21, 2006

The Royal Riviera Hotel, built in 1904 as the Bedford, has a useful role in our area.  In a convenient site where Beaulieu, Cap Ferrat and Villefranche join, it is a very good hotel without the very high costs and pretensions of La Réserve, Le Metropôle or the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat.  It hosts quite a few groups and meetings. 

On September 19, 2006, we were invited to dinner by anotherrr.jpg couple on its terrace restaurant, Le Panorama.  The setting is pleasant and quiet, but the view is of the hotel’s pool area.  Half the tables were taken.  We all ordered the Menu du Marché at 49 € with two choices each for the starter, main course and dessert.  There were nice little hors d’oeuvres and then a silly amuse-gueule of gazpacho.  One starter was pigeon breast and leg, with foie gras and a little cup of truffled mushroom velouté.  The other was two large scampi tempura served on a lentil salad.  One main course was fish, which none of us ordered; the other was three little choice pieces of meat: a lamb chop, a filet of beef and a medallion of veal, each with its own sauce and vegetable.  The desserts were combination plates with sorbets, almond cream, etc.  It was all okay; pleasant, a very good value for 49 €, but ordinary, as one might expect in a tourist hotel.  We had champagne apéritifs and two bottles of the Domaine de Courtade red.  Most of the staff was young.

One Response to “Royal Riviera Hotel – Cap Ferrat”

  1. Peter Panholzer Says:

    I thoroughly disagree with the above mediocre assessment of the Panorama restaurant at the Royal Riviera Hotel. I have lived nearby in Monaco since 16 years and – throughout this entire period – found that the kitchen at the Panorama is tops. Furthermore the writer obviously didn’t look in the right direction when he says his table on what I consider one of the most romantic terraces on the French Riviera was just “overlooking a pool”. Most tables on the terrace provide a romantic and dreamy mediterranean look of the bay towards Beaulieu.

    Both the chef (at one point Yves Merville who has since opened La Table d’Yves in Haut-de- Cagnes, thereafter moved to Fayence but since replaced by Bruno Le Bolch from Alsace, as well as the patissier have earned top awards including high Gault-Millau ratings. I can eat better there than in any place in Monaco, but that of course is a matter of taste.
    I can highly recommend the lunch bargain menu.

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