I have recently reviewed a two michelin stars restaurant in Menton. It was excellent. But I can say that the experience at Vivanda was even better. What does it take to get Michelin stars ? If it is the number of waiters per customer, Vivanda may not make it. But if it is total customer satisfaction for a great 5 course menu, then Vivanda and its great young chef, Dario Cadonau, deserve two stars.
And with just one smart waiter, friendly , efficient, clear, you will not need a sommelier, a maitre d'hotel, etc..
20 years ago, I would have gone for the 8 course menu ! The quality of the 5 courses was exceptional. Very subtle tastes. Beautiful presentations. Everything is so refined, from the little bread rolls served on a hot stone, to the black truffle butter, and everything else on the table. Then the appetizers, the fish and the meat dishes, the desert follow, all delicate, subtle, and inventive served on very elegant plates. The wine list is extensive. We went for a fine 2009 Margaux.
The decor of the restaurant, all big stones and wood, gives you the space, light, cosiness and elegance you would expect for a great dining experience.
If you stay at the excellent In Lain Hotel Candonau, don't miss their gastronomic restaurant. You will not be disappointed by their other restaurant either . And if you stay in St Moritz, Pontresina, Zuoz or around here, try the Vivanda . Cela vaut le detour !
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