What makes it special: Unrivalled views of the French Riviera, three levels of cascading vegetable gardens churning out the sweetest produce and a team of outrageously talented cooks and front-of-house staff combine to make Mirazur the ultimate restaurant experience. Mauro Colagreco’s unique cuisine is inspired by the sea, the mountains and the restaurant’s own gardens, including Menton’s emblematic citrus fruits.
In the trophy cabinet: It’s fair to say that 2019 was Mauro Colagreco’s year. Steadily ascending The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since its debut at No.35 in 2009, Mirazur celebrated 10 years in the ranking by rising to No.1. The accolade coincided with the restaurant finally achieving the coveted three Michelin stars, as well as the beginning of a three-year renovation project involving a new dining room, extensions to the vegetable gardens and a more immersive dining experience.
About the food: Over the three months of closure in 2020 due to the pandemic, Colagreco took the opportunity to overhaul Mirazur's culinary offer. The new 'Lunar Menu', inspired by the cycle of nature, is divided into four offerings (root, leaf, flower and fruit) based on seasonal adjustments. They include creations such as a delicate rose built with San Remo prawns, or a striking combination of cucumber and nasturtium.
About the chef: Argentina-born Colagreco moved to France in his 20s, working with celebrated chef Bernard Loiseau until his death in 2003. He later worked in Paris with Alain Passard at Arpège and Alain Ducasse at Hotel Plaza Athénée before settling in Menton, on the Italian-French border, where he opened Mirazur in 2006.
Other ventures: Aside from his ever-popular Grand Coeur restaurant in Paris and branches of meat-focused Carne in Argentina, Colagreco has recently opened Grill 58 in Macao and Florie’s in Palm Beach, USA, with more restaurants set for Bangkok and Beijing.
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