Monaco: new decor and name for the Louis XV
Globally recognised, the legendary Hôtel de Paris benefits from an exceptional location, perched on the rocks of Monte-Carlo, while being one of the showpieces in the Riviera. It exudes only glamour, a certain holiday art de vivre and…gastronomy. Alain Ducasse has a particular fondness for the Louis XV: it is here that he earned his 3-stars aged only 33. The restaurant reopened last April renamed Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris and benefitting from a makeover managed by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku. This project was dreamed up in order to transform this mythical place into a modern palace, as well as to establish a link between its new menu and this fantastical place. “Everything is brand new…the décor and the menu. Beneath it all, nothing has changed…the Riviera continues to be a source of inspiration for my cooking. In short, the story continues, and it is more beautiful that ever,” emphasises Alain Ducasse. The organisation of the space is more rigorous and yet warming. The masterpiece is the office, elevated in the centre of the room that takes centre stage at the front of the room, and yet is hidden from other diners. The lighting is an exceptional feat made up of 800 glass pieces assembled by hand. As for the furniture, it is mostly wood, light leather, chrome and polished stainless steel. On the menu is locally sourced fish, herbs and vegetables from the back garden, culminating in an entirely new menu. Devised by chef Dominique Lory and Alain Ducasse, it asserts its own modernity and youth: certain of the Louis XV’s traditional in-house dishes remain on the menu, coupled with new signature dishes.