Monaco | Hôtel Metropole | Joël Robuchon

Snapshots from lunch at Joël Robuchon in Monaco ^_^

The last time I ate a Robuchon restaurant in was in Taipei last autumn. That was a memorable meal (we’re long overdue for another great solo meal!) but the food at his Monaco outpost is even better. 

We’ll start with warm, house-baked breads like a buttery brioche, saffron roll, and slices of a currant-walnut loaf…

…so many options and check out that butter!

Then it was onto an amuse of foie gras and raspberry…

…alongside jamón ibérico and…

…pan con tomate.

Moving on to little bites to share…like tapas only a million times more fancy. 

The Monte-Carlo is a signature of king crab, young vegetables, mozzarella, and avocado. 

And these are sardines with green asparagus and lemon confit from Menton (one day we shall visit Menton to see what all the fuss is about their lemons…supposedly the best in the world!)

Crab with avocado and semi-dried tomatoes. 

Purple artichokes with squid, thyme, and chorizo.

Langoustine and truffle-studded ravioli with stewed cabbage.

Onto to the entrees! Quail and…

…chicken fricassee with bacon and baby onions.

Both served with Robuchon’s beloved mashed potatoes…equal parts potatoes and butter.

Are you ready for the best part of the meal? Meet the dessert trolley.

This concoction is whipped cream and vanilla custard gently folded together, piped into a bowl, and lightly brûléed on top. I wanted to devour that entire bowl. But instead…

…we opted for eight different desserts (you can select as many as you want off the trolley). Strawberries and freshly whipped cream. 

Baba au rhum with that custard/cream mix and a slice of fruit clafoutis.

Chocolate mousse served with brioche (what a super combination), and a cherry tart. 

Roasted pineapples and one of my all time favorites, ile de flottante. 

Then it’s time for tisanes and a nap ^_^


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