Royal Riviera Hotel – Cap Ferrat
September 21, 2006
The Royal Riviera Hotel, built in 1904 as the Bedford, has a useful role in our area. In a convenient site where Beaulieu, Cap Ferrat and Villefranche join, it is a very good hotel without the very high costs and pretensions of La Réserve, Le Metropôle or the Grand Hôtel du Cap Ferrat. It hosts quite a few groups and meetings.
On September 19, 2006, we were invited to dinner by another couple on its terrace restaurant, Le Panorama. The setting is pleasant and quiet, but the view is of the hotel’s pool area. Half the tables were taken. We all ordered the Menu du Marché at 49 € with two choices each for the starter, main course and dessert. There were nice little hors d’oeuvres and then a silly amuse-gueule of gazpacho. One starter was pigeon breast and leg, with foie gras and a little cup of truffled mushroom velouté. The other was two large scampi tempura served on a lentil salad. One main course was fish, which none of us ordered; the other was three little choice pieces of meat: a lamb chop, a filet of beef and a medallion of veal, each with its own sauce and vegetable. The desserts were combination plates with sorbets, almond cream, etc. It was all okay; pleasant, a very good value for 49 €, but ordinary, as one might expect in a tourist hotel. We had champagne apéritifs and two bottles of the Domaine de Courtade red. Most of the staff was young.