Monaco | Le Louis XV Alain Ducasse

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I went to Le Louis XV for the first time in August 2012. It was a magical experience (complete with fireworks ;) and one that I was sure was a once in a lifetime meal…because there was no way I’d be lucky enough to return again. 

But as fate would have it…

…fast forward to April 2014. And here! Again! 

At not only the same table, but the same seat at that same table. What are the odds?

We had the chef’s tasting which started with vegetable-printed bread (top photo), and Barbagiuan (second photo), a Monégasque speciality of deep-fried pockets stuffed with parmesan, leeks, swiss chard, and spinach. If you compare with the 2012 dinner, you’ll find many overlaps. I loved being able to re-experience all of it…

…from the tower of butter…

…both plain…

..and salted.

To the magnificent bread trolley…

…where I ate mini loaf after loaf of niçoise with wheat bran and olive oil, another accented with borage (pictured)…

…and savory bacon fougasse.

Provence garden vegetables with goat cheese and a generous pour of…

…young olive oil at the table. The still-warm cut of bread soaked it right up, so indulgent and fresh. 

These are gamberoni/prawns from San Remo, with a ring of rock fish gelée, and caviar.

Cookpot with spelt, chanterelles, morels, and wild vegetables. 

Mediterranean sea bass with olives, sweet tomatoes, and eggplant. 

Squab breast from Alpes-de-Haute-Provence. Foie gras, potatoes, jus thickened with giblets…

…and my favorite glass from the night, 2001 Château Haut-Brion.

Here comes the cheese trolley ^_^

I had only goat cheese last time, but this time? A little bit of six – goat, cow, sheep in all textures.

Chocolates and bonbons, all house-made…

…followed by peitit fours. But wait! There is more…

…including one of my all-time favorite desserts (this was served as a pre-dessert in 2012). Mascarpone sorbet…

…with fraises des bois cooked in their own juices and spooned tableside. Ahhh heaven. 

We also had milk and pure sea salt ice cream. Complete with tuiles and curdled ewe’s milk.

The tisane trolley! Which you heard plenty about here.

Lemon-verbena, mint, and sage. 

I think I’ll start collecting gold teapots…

And the madelines! A giant, blooming basket, warm with scalloped shells and humps just the right size. Couldn’t resist one or two…

…followed by this dessert trolley. So cheerful with all those blue and white ice cream bowls. 

Guimauves! Snipped to order. These were fresh mint…there was vanilla in another canister.

We had nougats, salted caramels, and pâtes de fruits. It was never-ending! Four types of ice cream and sorbets…

…include this fraises des bois ice cream. Just a tiny scoop to taste.

It was midnight when dinner ended. Good time for a evening stroll around Monaco ^_^

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