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Le Louis XV

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World’s 50 Best
8th 2007
Last Visit: Aug 2013
Month of Review: July 2007

Fancy a luxury royal dining experience? Here’s a great place to come!

About the Chef

One of the most celebrated chefs in the world, Alain Ducasse embarked on his career at the tender age of sixteen, working in many of France’s prestigious kitchens, including that of the famous Michelin 3-star chef, Michel Guérard. In 1987, he became head chef in the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, the home of the restaurant Le Louis XV. In just three years, this restaurant was awarded Michelin 3-star status. He later opened restaurants in his own name - one in Paris and one in New York City, both soon earning a Michelin 3-star rating. Thus, Ducasse became the first man in history to hold a total of nine Michelin stars. There was a period when, to maintain this incredible standard of quality, he flew between Paris and Monte Carlo on a daily basis.

Alain Ducasse’s empire has now expanded to country inns, cooking schools, cookbooks, consulting projects - and a long list of restaurants from Tokyo to Vegas. He’s earned many awards in his career, including the GQ “Men of the Year” Best Chef Award.

The philosophy of Dominique Lory, the current executive chef at Le Louis XV, is a simple one. He’s interested not in performing culinary gymnastics, but rather to achieve the perfect combination of seasonal ingredients, reinforcing Ducasse’s own mantra of perfection through “60% ingredients, 40% technique”. Thus, his menu evokes the gourmet experience of Alain Ducasse, with his Riviera cuisine.

About the Restaurant

It’s a luxurious place - situated in the Hôtel de Paris in Monte-Carlo, one of the finest hotels in the world. You almost always see many exclusive cars parked in front. It was the first hotel restaurant ever to earn Michelin 3-star status, and it’s dining room, decorated in 17th century Versailles style, is the most glamorous restaurant setting you can imagine. It’s like nowhere else on earth!

Talk about grand! This golden dining room, with its sparkling chandeliers, beautifully-painted high ceiling, portraits of King Louis’ mistresses, immense floral bouquet, vast mirrors, marble clocks, and terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea offer you a journey back to the richness of the past. Every piece of deluxe decoration; of Pieter Stockhmans china; of Murano glassware; of gold-plated Christofle silverware – they all contribute to this completely sumptuous atmosphere. The dishes were specifically designed for the restaurant, and each plate was engraved with the crest of King Louis and the signature of Ducasse. Wow!