A TASTE OF ELSA
The South of France is a food lover’s delight. Along the resplendent Côte d’Azur, there are more restaurants than one can sample in a lifetime, and they range from local eateries and casual brasseries to Michelin-starred temples of haute cuisine.
One restaurant that’s special in every way is Elsa, located inside the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel.
What distinguishes Elsa from other eateries is, primarily, that it’s the first fully organic restaurant to receive a Michelin star (in 2014), thanks mainly to executive chef Paolo Sari. In a playfully blue-and-white interior designed by India Mahdavi and on a sun-drenched outdoor terrace set right above the Mediterranean Sea, Sari offers up contemporary cuisine inspired by specialties from both the French and Italian Rivieras. Describing his cuisine as “an ode to the Mediterranean,” the Italian chef has made it a point to know the very exact source of each of his culinary products. For example, fruit comes exclusively from nearby towns, like St. Jeannet, and many of the vegetables are grown in Sari’s own garden. There are only 22 items on Elsa’s menu (including all starters, mains courses and desserts), but this elegant restraint ensures that each dish is unique and carefully prepared.
Gourmands and gourmets remember: Elsa is a seasonal restaurant, so it’s open until October 16 this year before closing for the winter season. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait until mid-March 2018 to sample chef Sari’s gorgeous cuisine again.