This was my first visit to Le Louis XV, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the Hotel De Paris on casino square in Monaco. I had meant to go before but I find that walking around the principality is not a good idea in the summer heat so during an earlier than usual trip to the Côte d’Azu in early May I decided to make the trip over.
The dining room reminded me of a bit of the one Le Meurice, I liked the fact we were there at lunch as I can find these types of rooms a bit too formal at dinner. We decided to go with the seasonal club lunch menu which includes 4 courses, half a bottle of wine, water and coffee for €145, which is a relative bargain compared with what dinner could cost. The dishes on this appear to change every week and there is a choice of three options for each course (plus cheese from the trolley).
The bread trolley here offered one of the best selections of anywhere I have dined with only Joel Robuchon in Vegas beating it by any margin. A nice touch was that the Amuse-bouche was different for both of us. I ordered the Petits farcis and I got a reinterpretation of a salad nicoise before this, while my girlfriend ordered the Provancial salad to start and this was preceded by a pea and mint soup with broad beans and ham.
The food here was top class, although our mains where quite different being a fairly simple sea bream with roasted vegetables and rabbit with olives and capers which featured around 5 different parts of rabbit cooled different, they were both lovely in their own way. Deserts here were also seriously good and the two different rounds of petite fours that came at the end were excellent but I was runny not of stomach capacity by the time the second ones were offered. Perhaps needless to say but the service here was excellent. This is a great way to spend an afternoon and also is not good value for money if you have the lunch menu.