In the South of France (Dans le sud), lucky guests, vacationers, and locals alike have an abundance of wonderful restaurants to choose from when exploring the region. Chefs and their brigades are blessed with great produce to stock their pantries and create magic in their kitchens.
Restauranteur Rowen Seibel frequents the finest restaurants worldwide and has even brought the world some of these fantastic establishments and helped popularized chefs. Who better than to write some Top South of France spots that you simply can’t miss?
At the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, executive Chef Yoric Tieche, has his own garden on which he grows his produce and supplies all the wonderful venues of this majestic palace hotel. Pastry master Florent Margellen is a wizard with dessert, and your sweet tooth will indeed be satiated no matter the selection. Whether you enjoy the fantastic one Michelin star Le Cap restaurant or the exquisite club Dauphin, managed by hospitality star Johann Burgos and his expert team.
Through Rowen’s eyes and palate, this may very well be the most beautiful and posh pool club in the world. It’s simply perfect. The magnificent hotel’s dining establishments always live up to the world’s highest expectations. The service at this glorious establishment is superb from check-in to, if u must, departure. From start to finish, the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat fires on every cylinder (this being luxury car country – an appropriate metaphor).
In keeping with the territory of the Côte d’Azur (French Riviera), we will explore from Nice to Monte Carlo in this article.
The world-famous Le Petite Maison in Nice is a favorite amongst the Glitterati, the in-the-know Nicoise, and the sun-kissed visitors. Nicole Ruby and her family host wonderful days and nights on the gorgeous terrace setting. Start with a Pissadiere, an amazing onion tart with a few olives for garnish, a Nicoise specialty. Next, you must try the fresh tomatoes and creamy burrata, of course, a salad Nicoise, and indulge in decadent creamy Lobster Pasta, Dover Sole for 2, and Filet Rossini. Then, finish off this superb feast with either of the chocolate mousse desserts. All worth the calories for the smiles and memories.
Famous for its glamorous lifestyle and the world’s most expensive real estate, Monte Carlo has established itself as a culinary player on the world scene over the past decade.
A favorite of many, including Rowen Seibel, is the great Cipriani Monte Carlo restaurant. World-renowned from Harry’s Bar Venice, its sister restaurant, the Monte Carlo franchise, is just fantastic. Start with a cool, refreshing Bellini, then order all the hit dishes that Cipriani fans worldwide celebrate. Finish with the made-to-order à la minute ice cream and the creme vanilla cake. Next, take a walk up to the casino square and bask in the moment of sparkle, glitz, and glam. Monte Carlo at its chicest.
Speaking of casino square, just a few steps off, the famous Carre is a newcomer to the restaurant scene – Gaia. Initially created in Dubai, this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant’s flavor bomb is the hip new place to wine and dine in Monte Carlo. Perfect for sharing the fantastic appetizers and perfectly grilled seafood that make this hotspot the toughest reservation in town. Book as far in advance as possible and let the well-trained service team select a menu for you. Then, after discussing your preferences with them, they will make you one of the most memorable meals you’ll have in France. You can even just try some of the dishes pictured here and enjoy the experience at this fantastic restaurant.
Rowen Seibel has brought numerous chefs into the spotlight and forefront of the culinary industry. Rowen has helped strategize the direction of numerous restaurants around the world. See his Facebook page for more information.