I am the luckiest girl in the world. This year, I celebrated my birthday in Monaco & Menton!
For dinner, we decided to splurge... at Mirazur! Choosing a restaurant was without a doubt one of the most exciting tasks I brought upon myself while planning the trip. With birthday hype added on, I searched for restaurants that could bring cozy French style dining with a dash of Côte d'Azur vibe. Voilà, there it was- 2015 list of The World's Best Restaurants released just in time with Mirazur reppin' South of France. I booked it within seconds.
Perched on a hillside adjacent to the Franco-Italian border in Menton, Mirazur comes to life with the ingredients, flavours and colours of the Côte d’Azur. Argentine-born chef Mauro Colagreco brings both innovation and simplicity to his degustation and regularly changing carte blanche menus.
The mountains, the sea, and the restaurant’s large organic garden command impeccably presented dishes that strive to let each quality ingredient sing to its greatest potential. Colagreco combines avant-garde techniques to tell a story where the local, fresh produce plays the role as protagonist, surprising guests with exciting cooking methods, textures, and temperatures. Tastes of France, Italy and Argentina are all represented on the artfully presented plates.
Mirazur is housed in a 1930s-style building, with wall-to-wall glass windows that overlook Menton’s endless sea horizon and picturesque landscape. Each morning Colagreco’s team ventures into the garden to gather herbs, flowers, citrus fruits, and vegetables to accompany a largely seafood menu highlighting the region’s gems. Highlights include shrimp carpaccio with raspberry and blackberry purée, citrus and elderflower; raw slivers of asparagus and green apples, with mint, grapefruit in a honey yoghurt vinaigrette; squab with risotto, strawberries and gizzard confit; and black sesame cake served with aged balsamic vinegar.
Start of the night...!
Opah carpaccio & a glass of Château Margüi
Rice cream and roe (my favorite!)
Stew of tellins chick peas and ginger
Escabeche of foie gras consommé of duck and yuzu sauce
Hake vegetables from the garden and meadowsweet. I wanted to call in earlier to ask for the tour of the ever famous garden, but with packed schedule prior to dinner, regrettably I couldn't.
Tendons mediterranean french clams, lily root bulb
Goat red miso sauce and aubergines
Strawberry soup rhubarb and mascarpone
Potatoes texture coffee and acacia honey
Tartelette coffee parsnip pistachio
Cherries and Cafe au lait.
Mirazur 30 Avenue Aristide Briand, 06500 Menton, France