Le Mirazur in Menton

When planning a visit to the French Riviera, I recommend to book a table at Le Mirazur in Menton just before the Italian border. This 2 Michelin-starred restaurant with stunning views of Menton and the sea is run by Mauro Colagreco, an Argentinian chef revisiting French cuisine with great success. It has been selected 11th best restaurant in the world.

Amuses-bouches at Le Mirazur
Amuses-bouches at Le Mirazur

Beautifully settled between the Mediterranean sea and mountains in an old house of the picturesque French town Menton, Le Mirazur mainly uses local ingredients from the sea and its own garden that grows herbs, vegetables, flowers and citrus.

Le Mirazur's signature drink
Le Mirazur’s signature drink with citrus and cinnamon

For dinner you can choose between 2 menus (a shorter one and a longer one) or if you visit the restaurant during 2016, their 10-year signature menu is also one of the choices.

Le Mirazur's 10-year signature menu
Le Mirazur’s 10-year signature menu

Thepickytraveller enjoyed the longer menu (Voyage des sens) with wine pairing. This menu features 11 courses (amuses-bouches and mignardises not counted), 6 different wines and takes approximately 4 hours to complete.

Bread to share
Bread to share accompanied by local olive oil

For starters you will get 6 dishes and 3 different white wines (one glass for 2 dishes). The emphasis is put on seafood (oyster, crab, caviar and squid), veggies (peas from the garden, fennel, artichoke, potato and garlic), mushrooms (morel), fruits (kiwi, pear) and delicate flowers.

Huître Gillardeau à la poire Williams
Huître Gillardeau à la poire Williams

 

Tourteau, amande et calendula
Tourteau, amande et calendula

 

Petits pois du jardin, kiwi et fenouil
Petits pois du jardin, kiwi et fenouil

 

Oeuf florentine et caviar osciètre
Oeuf florentine et caviar osciètre

 

Calamar de Bordighera sauce Bagna Cauda
Calamar de Bordighera sauce Bagna Cauda

 

Première morilles, pommes de terre et ail des ours
Premières morilles, pommes de terre et ail des ours

For entrées you will go surf and turf with one Corsican fish dish and 2 meat dishes (duck and pork) served with a different red wine for each meat dish.

Chapon, légumes de printemps et agrumes
Chapon, légumes de printemps et agrumes

 

Canard Orange Miso, chicorée et compotée d'oignon rouge
Canard Orange Miso, chicorée et compotée d’oignon rouge

 

Finally 2 delicious desserts (especially the first one) will be served with a glass of Sauternes. In the second dessert the use of asparagus surely is original but the particular taste of raw asparagus together with the bitterness of lemon maybe isn’t the best possible combination.

Granité de mandarine, purée de potiron et chantily au miel et vanille
Granité de mandarine, purée de potiron et chantilly au miel et vanille

 

Parfait aux asperges et sorbet citron
Parfait aux asperges et sorbet citron

 

The beautiful dishes are prepared with care and their quality meets the standards of a restaurant awarded with 2 Michelin stars. Flavours are fresh and sophisticated. The professional staff operates with French distinction and elegance (it was nice to be asked not only for allergies or intolerances, but also for ingredients we don’t like to eat). A private parking located on the restaurant’s premises is very convenient if you are by car and thanks to the long duration of the meal and rather small quantities of each wine, even the driver should be able to enjoy pairings going along with the menu without any problems.

On the downside, sometimes a little bit slow service (waiting time between dishes) can be mentioned together with a lighting a bit too bright (that makes the fingerprints and wiping marks visible on the dishes). But all in a all a very good gastronomic restaurant to recommend.

 

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