For our destination article this month we thought we would focus on something very close to the hearts of team YACHTNEEDS. Food…. And drinks!
We all know and love the usual yachtie bars and restaurants like Stars n Bars in Monaco, The Blue Lady in Antibes, Waxy’s in Fort Lauderdale and the Corner Bar in Palma, but we thought we would share a few of our favourite secret places around the globe to eat drink and be merry. Salute!
First on the list is a real treat. We were lucky enough to be invited for an 11 course taster menu at the 4th best restaurant in the world. Which happens to be just a few minutes along the coast from Monaco.
Mirazur describes itself as set at the foot of the mountains overlooking the sea, a stone’s throw from Italy and the old border post, the 1930’s-era rotunda building enjoys an idyllic setting. And we couldn’t agree more. What they don’t mention is how friendly, relaxed and generally unstuffy the place is. We immediately felt welcomed and at ease.
So the food. Oh my oh my. There sure is a reason this place has two Michelin stars. The food is visually stunning. Art on a plate. And the tastes are almost indescribable. Almost!
Highlights for us included the freshest Langoustines served three ways, the best pork we have ever tasted and literally every mouthful of the dessert courses. Make sure you try the black bread from the basket with ginger infused oil too. Sublime!
Wine is of course served twice per course and the pairings were spot on. The red during the beef course was particularly memorable. We won’t spoil your experience by giving away too much, but any of you on the Cotes d’azur should most definitely treat yourselves over the summer season.
Mirazur isn’t cheap with their signature experience costing around €350 per person, but it absolutely is worth it when you deserve a treat.
Now for something completely different. Last time we were in Fort Lauderdale some FLL based crew persuaded us to visit the Riverside Market and we had a blast. Think chilled out eclectic, self-service beer heaven with an awesome and very reasonably priced menu.
It’s a family owned and operated restaurant nestled between the Sailboat Bend and Riverside Park neighbourhoods. Serving over 550 crafts beers, Riverside Market has earned the title of “Fort Lauderdale’s Official Craft Beer Hangout.”
The cozy environment and self serve coolers make it the ultimate location to kick back and pop open a cold brew while enjoying some of the many delicious items on the menu.
Riverside Market has been featured on The Today Show, A&E’s Brew Dogs, Beer Advocate, and has been named one of Thrillist’s Top 33 Beer Bars in the Nation. Local critics and connoisseurs enjoy the sensible food and the unbelievable beer selection. If beer is not your brew of choice, they have specialty wines and over 50 gourmet sodas, teas, and waters, mostly exotic or organic.
If you are a natural couch potato, you’ll feel right at home in deep sofas or wing back chairs, and they have recently expanded to a second location, Riverside Market South, which is located just north of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. Check out this video to get the vibe. We had several amazing evenings here trying some beers and enjoying the best pizza we’ve had in America so far. We even popped in for breakfast on our last day and the eggs benedict are so so worth it!
Italy, Porto Mirabello
Team YACHTNEEDS were also recently invited to the new luxury marina Porto Mirabello. Just two nautical miles from iconic Port Venere and able to provide moorings for larger yachts up to 130m, this new marina has 11 bars and restaurants to choose from.
We have heard amazing reviews about Akua de Oscar, which is probably the most elegant restaurant in the marina, opening out onto the pool terrace with incredible views of the Gulf of Poets in the distance. However, we decided to try Mirabello Champagne, and not just because champagne makes everything better, but because we heard this unassuming crustacean restaurant that looks over the central plaza of the marina was both reasonable, and a taste sensation.
Delicious, delightful and charming, Mirabello Champagne is on the balcony overlooking the main social area of the marina. The stairs up are next to Concierge and you could be forgiven for missing them. Service was excellent and we were offered a glass of crisp, cold Mirabello champagne while we looked at the menu. They offered Italian and English translated menu’s for those of us who aren’t quite fluent just yet…
The food was incredible. Probably the best fresh lobster any of us had ever tasted at just €20. Huge pink prawns had been prepared so that although they were still in their shells, they could be separated with a quick flick of a fork. No messy hands for this table! We tried a courgette linguine with one of the prawn selections and that too was cooked to perfection and around €10.
If you get bored of the usual haunts along the Cotes d’azur, then try out Porto Mirabello. They even offer a free day to new superyachts so you can fall in love with the marina, enjoy a cold pint in their typically English pub and taste the Mediterranean at its finest without blowing all your tip money in one go!