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What's on in Monaco 9-15 Mar 2023

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March 9th Newsletter

I sing the cycle of my country's year... (1)

Riccardo Giraudi's latest food concept to open on rue Princesse Caroline is Babek Kebab. This being Monaco, it's a bit different to what you might have bought after a night out in London. There's a choice of bread to be filled with one of two types of meat or falafel, topped off with salad, tomatoes and onion and a choice of sauce. It's open 7/7 from 11.30am to 10.30pm. Just the thing to line your stomach before a night out. Let us know what you think if you get there before us.

I can't see Babek Kebab securing a listing in the Michelin France Guide, the 2023 edition of which was published earlier this week. Here in Monaco the Louis XV and Blue Bay retain their respective 3- and 2-stars. There's no change either for the 1-stars: Rampoldi, Pavyllon, Grill, and Yoshi, not forgetting Ceto in the Maybourne Riviera. Elsewhere in the region Chateau Eza in Eze Village has been awarded its first star.

Over at Larvotto, Niwaki Japanese restaurant is hosting the European Sushi Championship on 27 March. Ten chefs are expected to take part, including Buddha Bar's Vamena Lyfoung.

Originally scheduled to open this spring, the refurbished Cafe de Paris is now unlikely to be serving customers before the end of October, missing out on this year's tourist euros.

On Saturday Monte Carlo Market is making space for traders from Monaco's Corsican twin town Lucciana. It's a great opportunity to stock up on the island's food and drink specialities.

And finally...

If you've got 3.6 million euros to spare you could put in an offer for the Villa Les Bolvens in Saint-Jeannet. It was used as John Robie's (Cary Grant) home in Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch a Thief.

What's in the diary...

Thursday: Schubert.
Friday: Violin recital.
Saturday: Veronique Sanson.
Sunday: Football.

(1) This week's quote is the first line of The Land, a poem by English writer Vita Sackville-West, born this day 1892.

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