Monaco | Hôtel de Paris | Le Grill by Alain Ducasse

Sunday, June 8, 2014 0 No tags Permalink 0

Let’s go to Monaco today! We’ll have lunch at Le Grill inside Hôtel de Paris

…and start with fried squash blossoms, crab, and zucchini. 

Warm plush rolls…

…and butter, plain and salted.

And then! Seared foie gras over green and white asparagus…

…and a Ducasse signature, the hen egg with white asparagus and Maltese oranges.

Le Grill is on the top floor of the hotel so ceiling opens straight into the sky. The couple next to us ordered roast chicken. It was presented in a grand presentation, still smoking, skin crackling. And to “clear our the air” the entire ceiling opened up for a minute and closed back again. What a sight. 

And then it was time for my John Dory with broad beans and baby squid.

Allen had the beef with haricot verts…

…and sauce choron (which is like béarnaise but with tomatoes). 

At Le Grill you must always remember to SAVE ROOM FOR DESSERT. 

Soufflés are the claim to fame and for good reason. They come in five flavors: Grand Marnier, Chocolate, Strawberry, Raspberry, Peppermint, Vanilla, and Pistachio. Grand Marnier is my go-to flavor for soufflés, and here it comes rising high above the ramekin!

The waiter opens the top just a bit…

…to pour in the Grand Marnier. And what a generous pour heehee.

Allen had the pistachio one which was also pretty good. 

And because there is room for more, petit fours! Chocolate-caramel cakes were my favorite. Best enjoyed with…

…and pot of mint tisane…

…for two ^_^

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