If you happen to visit the south of France in the summer, a detour to Monaco is a must. Not for the high rolling casinos of Monte Carlo where they filmed all those James Bond movies, or even to ogle the parade of stunning cars circling Place du Casino (though those are both justifiable reasons), but to eat. Specifically to eat at Louis XV-Alain Ducasse in the Hotel de Paris.
This restaurant is worth visiting for dessert alone, and the sweet action really begins with the bread trolley rolled out at the beginning of the meal. From nutty wheat numbers cut to resemble an open textbook to golden ficelles, I counted over a dozen different types of house-based breads. The best? A classic raisin-walnut loaf, complete with a hearty crust and tons of plump raisins and toasted walnuts. The bread trolley is followed by a butter trolley (literally a trolley with a butter mountain sculpted tableside) and all the savory courses. But save room for dessert. Because here it comes.