The lid has been lifted on what it’s like to eat at one of the world’s best – and most expensive – restaurants.
Foodie Egor Appolonov filmed the 1,060-euro (£930) dinner he enjoyed with his wife, Anna, at the three-Michelin-star Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris restaurant in Monte Carlo.
His footage, viewed millions of times on YouTube, reveals that it was an out-of-this-world experience – Mediterranean fish was steamed on hot stones at his table, herbs for cups of tea were snipped from a mini-garden on a trolley, and a waiter scooped butter from local farmers onto a piece of marble.
Foodie Egor Appolonov filmed the 1,060-euro (£930) dinner he enjoyed with his wife, Anna, at the three-Michelin-star Le Louis XV-Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris restaurant in Monte Carlo
Egor’s footage shows Mediterranean fish being steamed at the table
He told MailOnline Travel: ‘Every single dish at Le Louis XV is a culinary revelation. It’s a culinary drama and you become a participant of this opera.
‘It’s a mind-blowing experience.’
Are there ever any missteps? Of course not.
‘Nothing ever goes wrong at Alain Ducasse,’ said Egor, a journalist from Russia. ‘Le Louis XV is a symbol of perfection.’
His six-course dinner, which cost 380 euros (£335) per person, plus 150 euros (£130) each for paired wine, lasted around three hours, so Egor’s three-minute video shows a soupcon of the full experience.
But that’s more than enough for Le Louis XV’s capabilities to be seared into the memory.
A waiter places a freshly scooped roll of butter on a piece of marble
Tasty: Steamed green asparagus with sheep’s curd
Surely no meal is complete without a trolley of herbs for the tea
The video begins with a shot of the aforementioned fish, an amuse-bouche, being presented raw on hot stones. A broth is then poured over them and the fish cooks in the vapour under a lid.
As Egor said, it’s a culinary drama.
Next, we see extra virgin olive oil being poured from a wall-mounted dispenser into a delicate little glass pot, the butter being scooped onto the marble, more pre-starters placed on the table and a personal breadbasket being prepared.
A slice of the good life: A waiter prepares Egor and Anna’s breadbasket
Egor said that the rum baba with Haitian rum, pictured here in a publicity still, was one of the best dishes he’s ever had at Le Louis XV – ‘a huge classic’
Gamberoni from San Remo in Italy, rockfish gelée and caviar – one of Egor’s favourite Le Louis XV dishes, which he experienced on a visit previous to the one he filmed
Provence garden vegetables cooked with black truffle – another Le Louis XV favourite for Egor
Egor regularly posts videos of his incredible restaurant experiences to the YouTube channel he runs with Anna (pictured here with Egor) – www.youtube.com/elitelife
Then a shellfish and chickpea dish arrives followed by steamed green asparagus with sheep’s curd; turbot ‘au naturel’ with chard and calamari; grilled pigeon breast; guinea fowl from breast cooked on an open fire; home-made pink pepper sorbet; mango and passion fruit soufflé; rum baba with Haitian rum, and raspberry with verveine ice cream.
After the herbal tea trolley disappears Egor films coffee being made in what looks like laboratory equipment as a waiter explains the science.
Egor’s video, filmed last year, documented his fifth visit to Le Louis XV.
He said that the rum baba with Haitian rum was one of the best dishes he’s ever had there – ‘a huge classic’ – while his two other favourites were enjoyed on previous visits: gamberoni from San Remo in Italy, rockfish gelée and caviar; and Provence garden vegetables cooked with black truffle.
‘Every menu is a very different seasonal story,’ he added.
Egor regularly posts videos, all made using an iPhone, of his incredible restaurant experiences to the YouTube channel he runs with Anna – Elite Life. It’s the place to go for post-lockdown restaurant bucket list inspiration. Egor has also written a book about the art of writing – ‘a best-seller in Russia’ – and is the editor-in-chief of the ‘Aeroexpress’ magazine for the Russian national airport railway.