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“Monaco's newest Chef Star Benoit Witz Rocks!”
Review of Le Vistamar

Le Vistamar
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Ranked #6 of 140 Restaurants in Monte-Carlo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $140
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Benoit Witz is no stranger to Monaco as he was part of the original brigade that opened the Louis XV with Alain Ducasse 1987. He's had the good fortune to begin his career in Lyon with the doyen, apprenticing in Paul Bocuse's kitchen before stints with Lenôtre at Pre Catalan in Paris and then working at several Provençal Ducasse outposts until he was plucked from L'Abbaye de La Celle in Brignolles (where he had gained a Michelin star) to take over from the retiring one star chef - Joël Garault here at the Hermitage Hotel.

As is my habit I always like to give a new chef or restaurant a couple of months to get into rhythm before I review their offerings and a few days ago I went to the Vistamar to taste some of the magic.

This restaurant is superbly placed to catch the light and even when the terrace is closed the room inside remains airy and luminous. The tables are set nicely apart to keep a tete a tete rendezvous private and this attracts the business and love-dove client.

Now to the food......celebrating neo classical brilliance with a remarkable bias that showcases tip-top local ingredients, that are cooked with a modern mood, innovative yet with superb simplicity and classical restraint.

I started with courgettes three ways, a raw lattice of wafer thin shavings, and then the zucchini warm, stuffed with a mirepoix of squid and aromatics followed by the blossom cradling even more tender fragrant vegetables. It was a plate of beauty that never forgot its purpose; to put this delectable vegetable on a podium! Profoundly well thought out and easy on the eye. See photo

The pressé of foie gras was a grandiose, served with cherries in all their forms, raw, black pepper pickled, chutney and en gelée. The addition of baby raw almonds added a touch of welcomed texture. Boy do I love fresh almonds! Each cherry morsel was a calculated foil to the silken pâte which made the rustic toast almost obsolete. See photo

Next a homemade pasta was a revelation, nestling local red shrimp from San Remo - (that are simply the sweetest, most succulent morsels in all shrimpdon!) Served in an intense iodine broth of teeny shucked clams, with shards of grilled squid and a scattering of raw spinach. Whilst this was not the prettiest of plates on the day; for me this was my favourite by a long chalk with full points for yumminess the sum of its parts culminating into a triumphant saline celebration. Oh Benoit if you going to keep cooking like this you're going to see a whole lot more of me!

I'm told that the pigeon with cherries (see picture) was very good but I cannot comment as i did not try it.

The dessert was a deconstructed strawberry cake which is called a "Fraisiers" in these parts. The pastry straw was an exquisite crumbly flaky affair which celebrates butter and was good enough to be served all alone with just a cup of tea. The sliced strawberries were mounted around a dome of vanilla clotted cream and topped with strawberry sorbet. I wanted to lick my plate but let's face it strawberries and cream
are a magic pairing.

There is a daily lunch menu for 48 euros which I consider extraordinary value for cooking at this level.

If chef Witz keeps this up he'll easily be in consideration for Macaron number #2 and I for one would have no problem in agreeing with Bibendum on that. In fact it's only matter of time as this is his destiny.

Perfect for a business lunch or dinner with very good friends. This is an address to keep on the tip of your tongue.

Thank Monaco377
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Monte-CarloSBM, Guest Relations Manager at Le Vistamar, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2016

Dear Sir,
We thank you very much for having taken of your time to detail and comment your experience at Le Vistamar restaurant and with our new chef.
We sincerely thank you for this praises of our chef and its gastronomy. We are delighted to understand that your dinner met all your expectations and that our chef Benoit Witz and his staff have succeeded to offer you a wonderful gourmet experience.
We have conveyed your warm comment to the whole Cuisine team and chef and be ensured that they are all touched by your warm words, which as you certainly know are very important at the beginning of a new challenge as it is the case actually.
Looking forward to welcoming you again at the Vistamar restaurant very soon to pursure with you this passionate and delicious adventure with the summer Menu.
Yours Sincerely
Hotel Hermitage

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Reviewed June 29, 2016

Our family had the chance to lunch at Le Vistamar, the one star Michelin, in Monaco during our Crystal Symphony Cruise Trip in May 2016. We had celebrated our Mom and Dad 53rd Wedding Anniversary there. I, as the person who contacted with the restaurant from the first time since we were at home in Bangkok, Thailand, am very impressed by the ready-to-help in every services I had asked for. And when we all arrived at the restaurant on the date we had made reservation, the restaurant prepared us the very beautiful round table at the very beautiful terrace by the blue Mediterranian sea, so romantic to have lunch by this scene. We ordered Le Vistamar Gourmand Menu which consisted of 6 very deliciuos courses. We all were very impressed since the first course, Crusted Pie, very nice combination of tasty pie with the poultry, duck foie gras and black truffle, onion and almond condiment inside the pie. The second course, Soft boiled egg, gave us the taste of the nature, the taste was soft in our mouth. The next course which was Red mullet rockfish was cooked nicely and the fish was so fresh. Our Main course, Back of Lamb from Sisteron, was cooked perfectly, the inside still pink and the outside was crispy and tasty. We all impressed with the dessert to, it tasted like strawberry cake which was very soft with the sweet and sour taste, so refreshing. The most important of all, we all very impressed by the very nice, kind, service-minded, and attentive staffs at the restaurant. Thank you very much for the great memory of Monaco.

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Monte-CarloSBM, Responsable relations clients at Le Vistamar, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2016

Dear Guest,
Thanks a lot for this kind and detailed return about our restaurant Le Vistamar. All our staff, were proud and sincerely delighted that your experience at the restaurant meet all your expectation for this special day: your Wedding birthday.
We truly hope that we will have many other occasions to welcome you back and make it each one of them another perfect moment with us.
Yours Sincerely,
Hotel Hermitage

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Reviewed June 29, 2016

If you ever want to spend an unforgettable evening celebrating a big birthday, i've yet to find anywhere better. This is seriously good food, in a great location with attentive but unobtrusive staff. from the first to the last this was just fantastic, with course after course of food that showed an incredible attention to detail, flavour intensification and presentation. The wine list isn't bad, either.
Finished off with the staff singing happy birthday to my wife, at least she let me eat some of the birthday cake they presented to her. A night I will never forget - just brilliant from start to finish.

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Thank wavydavygravy
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Monte-CarloSBM, Responsable relations clients at Le Vistamar, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2016

Dear Guest,
We are extremely happy to read such great valuable comments! Thank you very much for having taken of your time to share your experience in our restaurant Le Vistamar. It is a pleasure to learn that your meal meet all your expectations. Our aim is to continuously meet a high level of service and it seems that our chef Benoit Witz and all his staff have fulfilled their mission.
We sincerely hope that we will have the pleasure to welcome you again at Le Vistamar,
Your Sincerely,
Hotel Hermitage

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Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Le Vistamar deserves a Michelin Star for the Service. We went for a family dinner with our 3 little daughters and we very much enjoyed the experience thanks to the attentive staff and perfectly prepared and presented dishes. Highly recommend the Bouillabaisse, Risotto as the main and Grand Marnier for the dessert.
If you are looking for some unforgettable experience in the beautiful Monte Carlo, Le Vistamar which is located in the Hotel Hermitage is the place to go.

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Monte-CarloSBM, Responsable relations clients at Le Vistamar, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2016

Dear Guest,
Your positive return is a great reward for us and we would like to thank you to share your experience with us.
We are sincerely pleased that you enjoyed your dinner and kept a wonderful impression of the dishes and the service, and have a memorable moment with family at our restaurant.
Looking forward to welcoming you again in our restaurant Le Vistamar.
Yours Sincerely
Hotel Hermitage

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Reviewed June 16, 2016

We had such a delicious experience in this restaurant! we walked from our hotel, Hotel de Paris. The food was unique and I really enjoy the setting, entry, main, dessert. we walk a little bit in the terrace to take a few pictures. We did not feel rush during our experience but it was not an slow service. All of it! I would highly recommend to come to this place.

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Thank claudillita
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Monte-CarloSBM, Responsable relations clients at Le Vistamar, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2016

Dear Guest,
We thank you very much for your return which is really valuable and important for us. We are proud and sincerely delighted that you find at our restaurant Le Vistamar an “exquite and modern” setting to have a dinner.
We do hope that we will have the great pleasure to welcome you again at our restaurant Le Vistamar and that you take the opportunity to discover our hotel.
Your Sincerely,
Hotel Hermitage

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