As you can probably guess from the photo above, the food at Hotel Metropole was deeee-lish! My favourite meal was Sunday night at Joel Robuchon, where we enjoyed fois gras (so good but, morally, I did feel a bit wrong eating it), octopus (done beautifully, but not really my cup of tea) and quail with the chef’s signature mashed potato (so good that it’s a secret recipe!) followed by one of the best desserts I’ve ever eaten (and, believe me, I’ve eaten a few) – vanilla and white chocolate on a salted caramel base. Mmm-mmmm! It was insanely good. I ate the lot and contemplated nicking the leftovers from the place setting next to me… the raspberry sorbet was tart in comparison to the uber sweetness of the chocolate, while the salted caramel complemented both flavours. Amazing, amazing, amazing.
The night before that (Saturday) we ate at the hotel’s Japanese restaurant, Yoshi (probably the best Japanese in Monaco – there is a Nobu, but it’s very big and so the surroundings are, apparently, less intimate) where we enjoyed sushi and sashimi and black cod. It was extremely good, and most definitely the best Japanese food I’ve had by far.
Yes, we kept eating every few hours – on Monday, we dined in the lobby bar for lunch, where I chose the most beautiful beef carpaccio – wafer thin, perfect meat without a hint of fat – followed by a salmon and rocket salad. Lovely and light for lunch. However, that said, dining in the lobby bar means you run the risk of overdoing it at the cake cart!
The fourth restaurant at Hotel Metropole is Odyssey, the poolside bar and restaurant. Here we ate lunch on Saturday – a yummy selection of fresh salads and salmon and tender lamb (I didn’t try it, but was assured by another guest that it was the best lamb she’d ever tasted), finished with a trio of desserts; peach melba, tiramisu and chocolate mousse. With the tiramisu and chocolate mousse, I was truly in heaven. I went back for seconds and usually, I’d happily go back for thirds and fourths but (since I was in new company) I restrained myself. Meh.
At Odyssey, I also ordered breakfast one morning. The pastries and cappuccinos at Hotel Metropole were incredibly moreish; it was hard to stop my hand returning to my basket of croissants, buns and pain au chocolats – I’d have happily fattened myself up at Hotel Metropole on the croissants alone! As it turned out, I was lucky enough to experience all of the restaurants – and even luckier to have still been given access to the helicopter for the return transfer, despite having gained around 6lbs in two days! Totally worth every pound.
The Daydreamer’s Top Tip for Hotel Metropole Food and Drink
Throughout October, the hotel is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness with the use of the colour pink, everywhere! The waitresses wear pink ribbons (either in their hair or as a neckscarf, very cute with their LBD uniforms), the flowers are pink and even the cocktails are pink! Definitely worth going along to try it out. Pink October never looked (or tasted) so good.
My Pink October cocktail went down far too easily! The brand new cocktail recipe (AKA She Is Amazing) was created by Mickael Bellec (Hotel Metropole’s Chief Barman) and is flavoured with pineapple, pomegranate syrup, Malibu and Bombay Sapphire. The coconut covered pineapple was a nice touch too. At 26€ a cocktail (and for the sake of my liver), I couldn’t afford to drink them all night – but I would recommend trying one. Or maybe two.
(Apologies for the bad iPhone pics!)