A stay in Monaco just wouldn’t be the same without an
unforgettable gastronomical experience. Fortunately, the selection of culinary
delights on offer in the Principality is rich, varied, and… responsible. From “l’étoilé”
to the Brasserie, the local restaurants are committed to sustainable
development, with many being awarded official certifications.
THE RESPONSIBLE RESTAURANT CERTIFICATION
In February 2019, the Department of the Environment
launched the Responsible Restaurant certification for restaurants and takeaway
food outlets. Like the Responsible Trading certification, the Responsible
Restaurant certification aims to highlight the best practices employed by
restaurant owners in the Principality of Monaco. Reducing plastic waste,
sorting and combatting food waste are key to this initiative. The certification
is awarded by the Responsible Trading team and partner organisations receive
Since 1 October 2020,
certifications have been geolocated via the YourMonaco app.
THE “Mr.GOODFISH” CERTIFICATION
Mr.Goodfish is a European programme aimed at raising
awareness among the public and industry professionals about sustainable
consumption of seafood products. The Mr.Goodfish is a hallmark of quality for
all consumers. It can currently be found in France, Spain, Monaco, Italy, and
soon other countries. The idea is to alert the fishing industry and consumers
to the fragility of our marine ecosystems, by offering simple and positive
solutions. If each French person ate a species recommended by Mr.Goodfish
just once a year, some 18,000 tonnes of endangered species could be spared.
find out more about establishments with the certification in Monaco
VEGANS AND VEGETARIANS
Fruit and vegetables offer an incredible palette of
flavours, just asking to be combined to make delicious dishes.
Vegan cuisine is hugely varied, and increasingly
popular. The creative possibilities are endless, and almost every dish has a
plant-based equivalent. Vegan and vegetarian cuisine are also known to have a
smaller carbon footprint, so avoiding animal products is a great way to reduce
your impact on the planet. To provide for every dietary preference and to
address the environmental concerns of all, numerous restaurants in Monaco now
offer vegan and vegetarian options. (list)
A RESPONSIBLE STAR
The Elsa restaurant, at the Monte-Carlo
Beach Hôtel, is the first fully-organic Michelin-starred restaurant certified
by Ecocert. Ingredients and wines are sourced from carefully selected
producers, with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce. Everything on the menu at Elsa
is organically sourced and carries the “AB” organic farming certification.
The Monte-Carlo Beach has signed up to the National Energy Transition Pact.
To find out more
THE ORGANIC GARDEN AT THE
MONTE-CARLO BAY & RESORT
Sustainable development is also the order of the day
in the kitchens of the Monte Carlo Bay and Resort, thanks to Chef Marcel Ravin
who prepares fruit and vegetables grown in the hotel’s own 400 m² organic
garden, managed by Terrae. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort has signed up
to the National Energy Transition Pact and is a TripAdvisor Ecoleader.
To find out more
MONACO COMMITS TO THE FIGHT AGAINST
Since 2013, the Principality has been actively
committed to cutting food waste and is involved in a number of campaigns aimed
at institutions and industry professionals.
One of the flagship initiatives by the collective MEG
(Monaco Committed to Fighting Waste) is the creation of “La Petite Boîte”
(the Monegasque version of a doggy bag!). At partner restaurants, customers can
ask for a Petite Boîte in which to take home unfinished dishes and/or
Find out more