A seven-Michelin-starred chef’s pop-up in Monte Carlo

Carme Ruscalleda pairs her culinary craft with the ambience of a Karl Lagerfeld-designed alfresco restaurant

The alfresco Odyssey restaurant at Hôtel Metropole in Monte Carlo
The alfresco Odyssey restaurant at Hôtel Metropole in Monte Carlo

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 delightful Finding Nemo-themed pudding complete with ice cream resembling the ocean and an almond foam
The delightful Finding Nemo-themed pudding complete with ice cream resembling the ocean and an almond foam
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Chef Carme Ruscalleda with Joël Robuchon at the Hôtel Metropole
Chef Carme Ruscalleda with Joël Robuchon at the Hôtel Metropole | Image: StudioPhenix

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.

Ruscalleda is renowned for food inspired by the Dutch de stijl artist Piet Mondrian and her edible artworks mirror his abstract paintings
Ruscalleda is renowned for food inspired by the Dutch de stijl artist Piet Mondrian and her edible artworks mirror his abstract paintings
The menu has a strong focus on local seafood and fresh seasonal ingredients, with dishes priced from €25 to €60
The menu has a strong focus on local seafood and fresh seasonal ingredients, with dishes priced from €25 to €60
Ruscalleda’s dark-chocolate collage of creamy tonka bean and Heart of Guanaja ice cream
Ruscalleda’s dark-chocolate collage of creamy tonka bean and Heart of Guanaja ice cream

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.

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