Le Grill, Monte Carlo

January 5, 2021

On December 15, 2020, French lockdown restrictions were eased in exchange for an 8:00 pm curfew. Restaurants remain closed in France until at least mid-January, but Monaco did not close restaurants. So Linda and I returned to Le Grill for lunch. It is on the 8th floor of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. The cuisine features grilled meats that have built the restaurant’s reputation. 

The famous casino (below), the Café de Paris, the casino gardens and the Hôtel de Paris form a square, which was redone last year to eliminate most of the vehicle traffic. The  valet parkers put cars of a certain elegance in front of the hotel and casino. Our 18 year-old Peugeot 406 did not make the cut.

The entry lobby of the hotel is dominated by a luminous Christmas tree.

Le Grill offers a view over the roof of the casino to Cap Martin and Italy beyond.

Tables are spaced along the outside windows with inside openings to the bar and the roof-vented grill.

The silver-domed trolley is for carving meat at tableside.

We started with glasses of Champagne. The appetizer was a
Royale de poireaux et mousse de pomme de terre.

A leek custard was topped with a potato purée.

Although there were interesting à la carte dishes, we ordered the Luncheon Menu. It offered two choices in each of three courses.

We selected a bottle of 2016 “Cuvée Symphonie Fantastique Rouge” Château Sainte Marguerite with the help of the genial sommelière.

Made from Syrah, Grenache and Cabernet-Sauvignon, it was quite tannic with evident fruit, which worked well with our beef. 

The bread basket was passed.

Our first course was
Risotto aux artichauts violets.

The small risotto was creamy and the fresh artichoke quarters were mild enough to go with wine.

Our main course was
Pièce de bœuf « Angus » à la cheminée,
carottes parfumées au cumin,
fondue d’echalottes au vin rouge.

A chateaubriand, a large center cut fillet of tenderloin of French Angus beef, was beautifully grilled. (Linda’s piece was cooked more to medium.) Under it were thin shallot slices that had been confit in a rich red wine sauce. Alongside were long slices of various colored carrots on a cumin sauce. This was a hearty dish which we enjoyed slowly with our wine.

Dessert was
Soufflé traditionnel de l’Hôtel de Paris.

Linda chose hazelnut and I chose Grand Marnier.

There was a lovely little plate of mignardises with the coffee.

It was a real joy to be out in a real restaurant for the first time in two months. The meal was well-conceived, well-executed and well-served in a lovely ambiance.

The Grill Monaco | Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (montecarlosbm.com)

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