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Thursday, August 21, 2014

RESTAURANT LA MONTGOLFIERE HENRI GERACI - MONACO

RESTAURANT LA MONTGOLFIERE HENRI GERACI
MONACO

RESTAURANT LA MONTGOLFIERE HENRI GERACI
16, RUE BASSE, 98000 MONACO
+377 97 98 61 59 Phone
hgeraci@libello.com

We were strolling through the streets of Monaco on a warm summer day.  As we turned down a long and narrow walkway we saw tables in front of a small restaurant and wanted to sit down.  I looked at the menu and it was in French.  As I approached the door a woman greeted me with a smile.  I looked at her and said "is the food good here".  She laughed at me and sad "of course".  The confidence in her laugh told me she was serious and that the food was good.  Something about her and the restaurant just clicked with a positive vibe.  Turns out this was the chefs wife named Fabienne.  She ran the front of the house while Henri worked the kitchen.  I ordered a glass of wine looked at the menu board outside near our table.  I really don't remember seeing a menu.  We asked questions of Fabienne and she answered us in English.  Somehow we ended up ordering a few plates to try.  I was not into eating meat so we kept everything seafood and it turned out to be one of the best meals of our trip to Europe.  This meal was lights out fantastic.  Everything was super fresh and full of flavor.  There were no heavy sauces and the taste of the fresh seafood shined.  Amazing.  I remember each bite of the Cod was followed by Wow and Amazing!  The fish melted in your mouth.  Pure heavenly flavor too.  Both of our Calamari dishes shined.  I enjoyed them both but the Grilled Calamari really hit the spot.  Fresh, light and flavorful.  The fresh raw Tuna was every bit as good as what we are lucky to enjoy in Hawaii.  Reminded me of home and I was in Monaco.  The entire family loved this meal.  We were all smiles and happy when we left.  During the next week in Europe we always wished we could go back to La Montgolfiere.  We were lucky to have time to talk with Henri and his wife.  They made us feel so special and really seemed to enjoy sharing their food with us.  Turns out Henri knows a famous chef in Hawaii who got his start in Monaco.  I want to return to Monaco because it is beautiful.  If I do, my first stop will be this restaurant.  I loved the place!!!!
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STROLLING THROUGH THE STREETS OF MONACO ON A WARM SUMMER DAY
RESTAURANT LA MONTGOLFIEVE HENRI GERACI IN MONACO IS FANTASTIC!
I WANTED TO ORDER ONE OF EVERYTHING BUT WE SETTLED ON FOUR ITEMS
WELCOME TO WHAT HAS TO BE ONE OF MONACO'S FINEST RESTAURANTS
INSIDE DINING ROOM - WE OPTED TO SIT OUTSIDE AND PEOPLE WATCH
LOVED THE FRONT OF THIS RESTAURANT - MADE YOU FEEL AT HOME
LOVED THE FLOWERS OUT FRONT TOO
SOMETIMES YOU NEED TO SLOW DOWN AND JUST TAKE IN THE BEAUTY OF LIFE
SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL
HENRI'S WIFE FABIENNE MADE US FEEL LIKE HONORED GUESTS AND TOOK GREAT CARE OF US
PIZZA LIKE APPETIZER WAS A HIT WITH MY DAUGHTER.  SHE ATE TWO PLATES OF THESE
A LITTLE WHITE WINE ON A WARM SUMMER DAY IN MONACO
SAT OUTSIDE AND WATCHED THE WORLD GO BY
CALAMARI SALAD
BLACK COD
GRILLED CALAMARI
FRESH TUNA
COFFEE CREME BRULEE
WE ALL LOVED THE FRESH STRAWBERRIES
HONORED TO MEET HENRI GERACI AND HIS LOVELY WIFE FABIENNE.
SO HUMBLE AND SO NICE.  WHAT A GREAT DAY IN MONACO!

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