Travel Through Plates

When a plate of food is put before me, I photograph it immediately. This blog, decodes my favorite dishes. It's a happy blog, as I predominantly show you pictures of the winners, the ones I love,

My Greatest Plates!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Yoshi Monaco Eclipses NOBU

I am so impressed by Robuchon's Nippon Dalliance, he's on point and his plating is breathtaking. 

Ultra fresh fish that is full of sublime, silken-subtlety, nuance and presence. His sashimi selection soars, and celebrates the simplicity and complexity of the selection with splendour and majesty. (See the picture below). A "simple" chicken soup is elevated to a stratospheric level of umami with a magic broth that I believe has reparative powers! Every grain of rice has been meticulously loved and prepared. His rice seasoning balances the sourness of rice vinegar, with the ultra white grains, each seemly separate (look at Maki rolls pictures in close up) yet together in harmony cradling the fish.

I am in awe! 

Yoshi is an oasis of calm, with a mantra like devotion to the fresh and fabulous. The lighting makes everyone elegant! Efficient for a business lunch, super for friendly get together but easily orgiastic with a lover! Having eaten and raved about Nobu - Monaco recently one must give credit where it's due and recognise that Yoshi is the Principalities champion of Japanese gastronomy and Mr Robuchon is the Maestro with a chopstick as a baton, conducting this symphony!

RESTAURANT YOSHIHôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo4, avenue de la Madone
Tél. (+377) 93 15 13 13
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Elsa - Michelin Gets it RIGHT!

Organic from bread to dessert, ELSA reopens with a richly deserved first Michelin Star. I was at the second service of the year March 6 2014 and it was a sublime symphony of savours! Giving total respect to the Ligurian and Provence bio-produce. I'm sold from the BIO SAMA signature plate of shaved veggies with a pea "guacamole' to the velvet gnocchi served in "Garden" - the magnificent almond soufflé breaks new ground. The setting is exquisite, the service non intrusive but attentive and chef Paola Sari is as deft with asparagus as he is with meat and fish. Elsa also features a superb selection of organic olive oil which adds the zing across the plates with a green astringent pepper kick to the back of the throat, let me tell you it's all good in this garden. This guys rocking the good stuff out the kitchen. The Lunch Menu special in the week at 43 euros is a steal of a deal is it perhaps the best value one star deal on the planet! My prediction is that ELSA will be the Monaco address for the power lunch - all season! (see the photos)

    Monte Carlo Beach | Avenue. Princesse Grace- 06190 Roquebrune-Cap-MartinFrance +33 4 98 06 50 05