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Art Monaco’16: Top 3 Places to Eat in Monaco

Visiting Monaco for Art Monaco? Here are some restaurants to visit. 

By Robert Michael Poole via Blouin Art Info

Art shows and opulence aren’t always synonymous with each other, but when it comes to hosting a fine arts exhibition in Europe’s “playground for the rich and famous,” the curators behind Art Monaco aim to mirror the elegance and beauty of their setting. Now in its seventh edition, which is set to run from April 28 through May 1, Art Monaco is not just a tightly screened showcase for the most esteemed names of the art world, but also a social gathering for its most influential figures, all set on the glitzy French Riviera.

This year, organizers have promised to select works based on the expression of the creator’s personal artistic language from across the international cultural scene. But here at Culture+Travel we hope that guests also get a taste of local culture, so here are our favorite restaurants not to be missed by visitors to the fair:Seafood is the specialty for restaurants stretched along the coast, and Le Vistamar(Square Beaumarchais, Avenue Princesse Alice, +377 98 06 98 98) offers some of the best views of the Mediterranean with its wide terrace over the waters.

Chef Joël Garault serves local delights such as croaker fish with grapefruit nectar and split peas pulp with bottargo, or red mullet rock fish fillet on hibiscus broth with Romanesco cabbage. Blue lobster comes with foamy garden peas and caramelized pearl onions, and all can be paired with by-the-glass wine from across the region.

For a taste of the exotic, Maya Bay (24 Avenue Princesse Grace, +377 97 70 74 67) is designed in two halfs, part Thai and Japanese. Both however, play with a wide range of Asian food, so expect to find Dim Sum and Chinese ravioli on the menu too, as part of an “Asian tapas.”

Suspended hanging lights inspired by Thailand’s Loi Krathong’s lantern festival create the authentic atmosphere in a space that includes a Thai terrace within an exotic garden. Named after Maya Bay in Ko Phi Phi Lee, the restaurant serves Japanese food of the finest quality too, including a high-grade marbled Wagyu rib of beef, grilled in a spicy sauce.

A local restaurant in Monaco’s downtown, Castelroc (Place Du Palais, +377 93 30 36 68) serves Monégasque specialties such as barbajuan, an appetizer consisting of a fritter filled with Swiss chard, zucchini and rice and said to be one of Prince Albert’s favorites. Found amongst the galleries and shops of the main square, the eaterie is an adventure to find, and authentic in its offerings of national dishes like spiced stockfish, a cod stew with a distinct smell.

Part indoors and outdoors, the restaurant dates back to the era of “To Catch a Thief,” the 1955 Alfred Hitchcock romantic thriller set on the French Riviera depicting wealthy tourists visiting Monaco as it entered its modern, golden age.

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