I came across these pictures from my Monaco trip the other day lurking on my camera's SD card and I thought it would be worth posting something about them. Following on from the battering our wallets had taken at Restaurant Joël Robuchon the night before, we decided to go for something a little more low key for our dinner that night.
Eating out in Monaco can be a bit of challenge at times. Decent restaurants tend to be phenomenally expensive while the cheaper ones seem to serve mediocre fayre catered to tourists. Quai des Artistes strikes a middle ground. Although still fairly pricey, it falls into the mid-price range bracket of Monaco restaurants. The restaurant is modelled on a Parisian brasserie and is nicely located on the harbour just next to the raucous Stars'N'Bars restaurant. The interior is very pleasant, although it borders on the pastiche and is a touch clichéd; you sort of imagine that if Disney made a French brasserie that this is how it would look; leather banquettes, a large central chandelier and even an old Paris metro sign dominate the room. But the restaurant just about manages to carry off the look.
The extensive menu serves a wide variety of hearty brasserie food. Starters include, among other things, classics such as escargot, moules marinière, terrines and soups. Mains are dominated by grilled fish and meat. Everything on the menu here sounds good and it was genuinely a tough choice to decide.
To start with I had gratinated queen scallops which came served in the shell. The scallops were perfectly cooked in a cream and wine sauce, while the breadcrumb crust was satisfyingly crispy and cheesy.
|Entrecôte steak with pommes dauphinoise and green salad|
Food: 7 / 10
Service: 7 / 10
Ambiance: 8 / 10
Quai des Artistes
4 quai Antoine 1er
Monte-Carlo 98 000
Tel: +377 97 97 97 77