Seven-Michelin-starred Catalan chef Carme Ruscalleda is staging a pop-up in the south of France at Joël Robuchon’s Odyssey restaurant within the Hôtel Metropole in Monte Carlo from July 3 to August 31. Ruscalleda and her creative French and Catalan kitchen crew will move into the storied, belle-epoque hotel and serve modern dishes with a strong focus on local seafood and fresh seasonal ingredients.
The alfresco setting of the Karl Lagerfeld-designed restaurant will serve as the backdrop for Ruscalleda’s vibrant flavours and layered textures, including many of her signature dishes (€25 to €60) from her three-Michelin-starred Catalonia restaurant, Sant Pau, and her two-Michelin-starred Barcelona restaurant, Moments. Several are inspired by Spain’s Costa del Maresme region, such as the tender Ibérico pork with aubergine and paper-thin crispy potato, or cod with peppers and olives à la Mondrian. As the name of this dish suggests, Ruscalleda is renowned for food inspired by the Dutch de stijl artist Piet Mondrian, and her edible works of art mirror the squares, rectangles and saturated primary colours of his abstract paintings. The results are light, flavourful compositions that are almost too beautiful to devour.
Desserts served under the stars include a dark-chocolate “collage” of creamy tonka bean with Heart of Guanaja ice cream, and flourless almond cake, as well as a summery Finding Nemo-themed pudding complete with “ocean-esque” ice cream and almond foam.