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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.