Day 5: Back to Menton

We had a 12:3o reservation at Mirazur, which has 2 Michelin stars. That’s not typically our MO, and the rare times we have done the “stars,” I usually find out after choosing the restaurant – and sometimes not until after the visit! This was on the top of our list because several good friends recommended it – and we deserved a splurge on our last day of vacation.

We were a bit early, so we decided to walk to Italy. That’s me standing under the Italy sign while Tom takes the pic from France. I know, we’re so original!


I didn’t like that I had to choose which menu we were going to order beforehand. I figured since I went for the least expensive one, they might seat us in Siberia, but that was not to be the case. Here’s the views from our table: the first one looking towards Menton and the 2nd to Italy. (Wow, the wifi at the Nice airport is a gazillion times faster than the cottage, so I just might finish this before we board our first flight to Paris.)

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The next pictures are of lunch, and I’m posting them all with no edits since Tom took some great shots. The first are amuse-bouches of tiny fried fish, beet root stuffed with goat cheese, and macarons with boudin noir. Tasty little bites with interesting presentation. The second course was a fish mousse with mixed herbs and tapioca pearls which popped in your mouth. So delicate. The bread, served with lemon-infused olive oil, was fantastic.

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Then the most wonderful tomato salad (with melon sorbet) and our main course of hake served with salsify and fennel with rosemary cream. The fish was cooked perfectly, to the 1/100th of a second.

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Next was the dessert of mango and oranges with a light meringue (but better!) It reminded me of the sun and sea foam I was viewing out the window. The mignardises (after-dessert extras) were macarons, and apples and grapes from the chef’s garden, served au naturel.

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Oops, almost forgot the cocktails before lunch: Day 21 of bubbles for me, and Tom had a citron au Menton (pastis & lemon.)


It was a spectacular lunch with perfect service. Interestingly enough, I said “I couldn’t eat like this every day, though,” which is precisely what I said about some of the heavier, homier cooking we had in Burgundy. So I guess that means my food tastes run pretty average!

We were not feeling up for a museum, so we blew it off and wandered around Menton! We picked up some art for a souvenir before heading back to the cottage to pack up.

Here’s Menton again walking from the restaurant.


And us on the cottage’s sun-dappled terrace.


Thanks to all for coming along on our trip! It was truly wonderful, and all I could hope for.

I’ll try to post some final thoughts tomorrow – right now, we need to board a plane!


9 thoughts on “Day 5: Back to Menton

  1. kenandann

    I haven’t commented in a while, but I’ve read all your posts. I think that under duress, you could find the strength inside to eat like that every day. I believe in you! 😉

    Happy belated birthday, and congrats on keeping to your commitment to have bubbly every day! 🍸


  2. I have loved your trip report and vicariously enjoying your journey. The descriptions and the pictures were so fantastic–what a wonderful, memorable trip. We’ve always wanted to visit Menton and Nice; your trip has convinced us that we should do it sooner rather than later.
    Safe journey home.
    JoAnn and Lloyd


    1. Me neither! Thanks, Jacqueline! I was going to try to do a slideshow of some of the pics that didn’t make it in, but it turned out to be a bit more complicated than I thought with this blogging site, so I guess that was indeed my last post. So yeah, good pic to end on, I think!


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