Carnival Restaurant, located at the eastern end of Menton just opposite the port, is a great find – one visit and you’ll be hooked!
We all know the feeling, the constant search for a great restaurant, and once you find it, you just know it! Having discovered Carnival two years ago, we are constant visitors and have to admit to being truly addicted!
With its ample terrace, perfectly suited to dining in the warm evenings, and an equally inviting restaurant with a rustic feel, Carnival is the sort of gem you want to tell everyone about, but also keep to yourself. Expect a warm welcome from chef Riccardo Rinaldi and his staff, who will look after your every need from the moment you arrive.
The menu is generous in its offerings, with a good selection of seafood including Alaskan wild smoked salmon, mullet and squid dishes on the starters menu, and whole Canadian lobster from the onsite tank, mixed fresh fish grill, or ‘Ciuppin‘, a Ligurian fish soup, for the main course.
There is also a good selection of pastas (well, Riccardo is from Brescia!) and meats, including organic beef. You may even consider treating yourself to one of the delicious homemade desserts!
All the dishes are made from the freshest and best quality ingredients (most often bio) carefully selected by Riccardo on a daily basis.The bread is made and baked on the premises each day by him too. Nothing is ‘bought in’. Having now sampled virtually all his menu, we can genuinely say we have never had a disappointing mouthful, let alone meal!
The wine list is quite extensive, with a good mix of both French and Italian wines, and at very reasonable prices. The wines range in price from €14 up to €55 for a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape ‘La Nerthe‘ 2003. Glasses of house wine are only €4, and a bottle of Champagne Taittinger cuvée prestige will set you back €55. The prices are correct, especially considering the quality of the food one is eating. We ate at the restaurant last Wednesday evening and every table was full – this has to say something on a midweek night, out of season!
So, in case you hadn’t guessed, we highly recommend Carnival Restaurant, and as a special offer to our readers, chef Riccardo has very kindly offered a 5% discount when you mention RIVIERA BUZZ. What’s not to love about that?!
29, quai de Monléon
Tel: 04 93 35 99 95
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