We are so lucky in the South of France to have one of the top restaurants in the World, with Mauro Colagreco's Mirazur restaurant in Menton France. The Mirazur restaurant located high above Menton, France, provides both amazing views and amazing food. The Mirazur is run by chef Mauro Colagreco, who has run the restaurant since 2006. This Italian-Argentinian chef trained in La Rochelle before moving onto working for Alain Passard, Alain Ducasse and Guy Martin in Paris. The Mirazur Menton gained its first Michelin star in 2007, just a year after opening. In 2008, the Mirazur restaurant first entered the list of the 50 World's best restaurants, where it has remained ever since. After gaining his second Michelin star in 2012, the Mirazur rose to number 11 in the World's Top 50 restaurants, becoming the highest ranking French restaurant in the list. In 2016, the Mirazur exceeded expectations and entered the list of the top 10 best restaurants in the World for the first time, being ranked the 6th best restaurant in the World. In 2017, the Mirazur went a step further and climbed to Number 4 in the list of best restaurants in the World. What is perhaps most surprising, is that the Mirazur still only holds 2 Michelin stars (unlike the Auberge de Vieux Puits, the other truly outtanding restaurant in South France, which currently has 3 Michelin stars, but does not appear in the Top 50 restaurants in the World).
Mirazur restaurant Menton France
The Mirazur restaurant is located close to Menton, a small coastal town located on the French Riviera, a stone's throw away from the Italian border. The Mirazur restaurant is itself just 30m from the Italian border line. The Mirazur restaurant is a fusion of classic French cuisine, Italian flamboyance and an earthy Argentinian belief in the power of the ingredients speaking for themselves on the plate. Not only has the Mirazur proved itself to be the best restaurant in the South of France, it is now clearly the best Michelin restaurant in France.
Mauro Colagreco Mirazur Menton
Mauro Colagreco is renknowed for combining bold flavours and his presentation of the dishes is second to none. Using local ingredients (both Italian and French) and vegetables hand-grown in the kitchen garden; the Mirazur menu draws heavily on locally reared poultry and meat, as well as fish and seafood harvested in the local waters. I see a lot of parallels between the work of Mauro Colagreco and Gilles Goujan from the Auberge de Vieux Puits (my favourite restaurant in the South of France. Both draw heavily on hand-grown vegetables, herbs and flowers and both use novel cooking techniques to accentuate the natural ingredients (rather than just trying to be novel).
Mauro Colagreco's signature dish is the Langoustine in Dashi Broth, closely followed by his Gamberoni di San Remo, which uses the fresh prawns reared on the Italian Ligurian coast. The judges for the 50 World's Best Restaurants identified Colagreco's Beetroot and osietre caviar as the standout dish on the menu.
Mirazur - Michelin restaurant France
The Mirazur restaurant is located in a 1950's art deco inspired building, with a lovely dining room providing panoramic views over the bay of Garavan towards Menton. The restaurant is laid out over 3 storeys and surrounding the restaurant is the large kitchen garden where Colagreco grows the vegetables, herbs, advocados and citrus fruits (for which Menton is famous for).
You will find the Mirazur restaurant at 30 avenue Aristide Briand, Menton, France. For reservations either call (+33 4 92 41 86 86) or email a reservation to Mirazur Menton.
Where to next . . . ?
- Please visit our full range of holiday apartments in Menton and the surrounding resorts Apartments Nice area to rent.
- Read our reviews on the Best Menton beaches South France to visit during your stay
- Read our reviews on the Best Menton restaurants South France to eat at during your visit
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