Beef Bar Monte-Carlo – Steaking a Claim to the World!


Beef Bar Monte-Carlo has an interesting origin – its founder, Riccardo Giraudi, was not a restaurateur, but a meat importer. He couldn’t find a suitable steakhouse in Monte-Carlo where he could take his clients, so decided to open his own restaurant. The idea was to serve simple steaks of the highest quality, accompanied by the tastiest mashed potato. Riccardo even invented an oven to give the beef a unique taste. Located in the Fontvieille area beloved by locals and with fantastic views over the port, the interiors are equally impressive. Stylish lighting and friendly staff make you feel instantly at ease.

Beef Bar restaurantRiccardo’s concept has paid off as Beef Bar are now steaking (couldn’t resist the pun) a claim to the world with restaurants in Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Moscow, Mykonos and Mexico. The wine list is extensive and complements the beef perfectly. We sampled a well structured Côtes du Rhône Domaine de la Janasse 2014, with notes of blackberries and strawberries…as well as a smooth Annandale Chalbert Merlot 2005 from Stellenbosch in South Africa. It had a smooth taste and a good long finish.

Beef Bar wine listWe particularly liked the fact that the sommelier split the wine into two glasses so we both got to try both wines.

Beef Bar wineWe tucked into some tasty homemade bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Beef Bar bread
It went well with our starter, a 5J Bellota Pata Negra ham. 5J stands for Cinco Jotas, considered to be one of the very best hams in the world, which comes from free range, acorn-fed, pure breed Ibérico pigs. The ham is incredibly soft, with a rich, nutty flavour.

Beef Bar hamWe also enjoyed a perfectly seasoned spinach salad, topped with crispy bacon and mushrooms.

Beef Bar salad
There’s a huge choice of mashed potato at Beef Bar – as well as the basic one, you can have it with Gorgonzola cheese and walnuts, with bacon and crispy garlic, and many others too numerous to mention. There’s just one thing…I hate mashed potato for some reason! Mr Luxe has no such qualms and sampled two of them – the truffle oil and the gravy with Guérande salt which he said were lovely and creamy. I opted for the French fries, Spring vegetables and a really wonderful dish of fresh mushrooms, so didn’t feel like I was missing out.

Beef Bar side dishesThe meat at Beef Bar is broiled at extremely high temperatures, which creates an instantaneous crust around the muscle. This ensures that the juice remains, increasing the meat’s flavour. We tried two different cuts, firstly an Aloyau French bavette, or boneless skirt steak. This meat was from Mid West America, and had been fed exclusively on corn. Connoisseurs consider it to be the world’s best quality meat. It’s unusual for me to eat meat quite so rare but I trusted our waiter and it turned out to be extremely tender with a crispy, salty crust.

Beef Bar steakWe also greatly enjoyed the rib-eye of grass fed Argentinian Angus beef. Aged from 18 to 20 months, it’s a young meat from a smaller sized animal that has been bred outdoors. With less fat, it has a fibrous texture and a delicate taste. It was cooked here with herbs that enhanced the flavour even further. In case you have non meat eaters in your group, Beef Bar also have some tasty fish dishes on offer.

Montecarlo Beef Bar meat
All the desserts are homemade, and the house specialties are soufflés to share. It’s been a while since I’ve tasted one, though I used to make a mean Grand Marnier soufflé! We went for the chocolate soufflé with sesame, caramel and yuzu ice cream. I loved the presentation with edible gold leaf and chocolate pieces…

Beef Bar chocolate souffleAnd we lost no time getting stuck in! The fabulous gooey soufflé contrasted nicely with the crunchy nuts and tartness of the yuzu ice cream. Made with juice from the yuzu fruit, it tastes a bit like a mandarin and ressembles a like a miniature grapefruit.

Beef Bar dessertWe had an amazing evening at Beef Bar Monte-Carlo, and are looking forward to trying out the sister restaurants on our travels. Monaco itself is well worth a visit, there’s so much to see and do there.

Beef Bar reviewBeef Bar Monte-Carlo, 42 Quai Jean-Charles Rey, Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Our dinner at Beef Bar Monte-Carlo was complimentary for the purposes of this review

  • JOURNAL OF STYLE

    I knew Monte Carlo has A LOT to offer but this restaurant is absolutely inspiring and impressive. Except of the highly delicious menu I’m totally in awe of the bottle design everywhere. Glad you enjoyed it with your husband, Suze. Have a lovely weekend!

    Ira / JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

    • Funnily enough I hadn’t realized that the lighting had a bottle shape 😉 Have a great weekend Ira

      • JOURNAL OF STYLE

        Thank you, Suze!

  • Paola

    I know this steakhouse, the meat is delicious!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  • Coco Cami

    This all looks divine, that dessert is just heavenly!

    Best Wishes,

    Camille xo

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  • It sounds worthy of a trip to Monaco alone! (Or one of it’s sister branches!)

  • All these food are mouth watering. I don’t like my steak that rare but I’m sure it tastes really delicious!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • I’m off to Monaco in an hour 🙂 I’ve been to Beef Bar Junior in Luxembourg. As the name suggests it, they have almost only meat dishes and for vegetarians, like me, it’s perhaps not the ideal place. But I remember having a salad and fries, so it was ok. Your dessert looks absolutely amazing – it will be difficult to get this image out of my mind for the rest of the day…

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    • Ooh how exciting, I was thinking that you might have been to Beef Bar Junior in Luxembourg, have you reviewed it? They do have a few nice fish dishes in the Monte-Carlo restaurant. Maybe you could just pop in for dessert!

      • I might have reviewed it briefly. I should have tried it in Monaco. I went to Café de Paris and it was not great 🙁

  • Lucy

    I love beef so this would have my vote it looks wonderful. Glad you had a great time Lucy x

  • you eat at the best places!

    yummy

    xo

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  • Ellie Adams

    You had me at the first picture of steak. This place looks incredible! Gorgeous mains but oh my goodness the souffle.. this makes me want to go to Monte Carlo in itself!

    Elle
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    xx

  • How interesting that he never intended to be a chef! Well, he’s done his job- that meat has got me DROOLING! All of the different mash potatoes sound yummy

    Rachel xx
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  • I just ate lunch .. but I’m pretty sure you just got me hungry again! So , thanks for that! 😀 This all looks soooo amazing. Comically for a girl who loves all kinds of food, I’m not big on mashed potatoes either … These sound lovely though!

  • Corinne C

    Oh wow, looks like there was so many things and it all looks delicious!

    Corinne x
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  • That beef looks delicious and the soufflé divine – I like the sound of the mashed potatoes with truffle oil. Good move having a glass of each of the wines too.

  • This looks top notch! The beef looks mouthwatering and delicious, and the wine sounds amazing!

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  • CHOCOLATE SOUFFLE! My fave part, obviously. Why can’t everything have more edible gold on it?

  • Ohhhmmmyyy i want to try it.
    It looks tasty!
    You give me a big cravings.

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  • Beauty Follower

    The food looks absolutely delicious!

    Cheers!

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  • Very tempting food and I also like he interior. The lighting is so magnificent!

  • That dessert…. aaaaa worth all the spinning classes i would need to do to work it off!

    Ash | Liakada

  • Andrea Petersen

    I went to Beef Bar in Mexico and had a great meal, although I had no idea they were famed for their mash so definitely missed out on that one! Your steak cuts look perfect! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

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  • This is such a stunning place. I visited Monaco this year and and really enjoyed my trip! You both look very happy in your photographs 🙂

    Really glad you enjoyed your trip!

    When we were in Monaco we visited a famous cafe where all the racing drivers used to go after their races called Tip Top, very famous back in the day and still very popular now.

    Laura http://www.shehearts.net xx

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  • Lucy

    You had me at the first picture I love steak and this looks totally delicious. How wonderful is the soufflé yummy Lucy x

  • Meron Dymphana

    That is the best looking beef I have ever seen. It is well prepared and served with other amazing dishes. Their wine looks amazing and the interior decoration of the restaurant looks phenomenal!!
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