Renowned for their inspirational style and creative flair, UK based design studio Lambart & Browne lead projects of the highest quality in a variety of sectors around the world. Founded by Freddy van Zevenbergen as creative director and Tom Browning as operations director, Lambart & Browne operates as a close-knit family and is made up of architects, designers, textile and furniture creators and many more who build and design each project from scratch. The LuxPad takes a look at one of Lambart & Browne’s most recent projects, the award winning Bagatelle Monte Carlo, which is has quickly become one of the best restaurants in Monaco…
As the minds behind one of London’s hottest private members clubs, Loulou’s, it’s no surprise that Lambart & Browne utilised some of the wining features of the infamous club when considering the design for their latest restaurant. Offering the recognizable classical circus design of secluded corners for schmoozing and minding your own business mixed with boisterous and playful spaces perfect for peacocking and turning heads, Bagatelle brings the design studio’s flamboyant style to Monaco’s elite.
Located just around the corner from Casino Square and overlooking the Café de Paris gardens, it is a luxurious spot for lunch to escape Monaco’s heat or an indulgent space to while away the evening. Described as New York meets the Belle Epoque with a hint of colonial style, it gives an air of mystery to the heritage of the space and Lambart & Browne have created a sense of hedonism which radiates throughout each area.
Light, bright and glittering, every area exudes wit and exuberance and have been decorated with light hearted indulgence. Not taking itself too seriously, the original building has been redesigned to relax and embrace its visitors. The light elegantly reflects off of the hand block painted textiles, studio printed wall coverings and illuminated polished plaster ceilings in the signature Bagatelle pocket blue. Peacock blue velvet curtains hide the entrance to the VIP copper vault seating and at the other end of the dining room a hammered copper starburst bar sits pride of place.
The copper seen throughout Bagatelle is unlacquered, patinating when touched over time. This warm metal adds a richness to the interior creating a warming and reflective glow to enhance the glamorous furniture. The main dining space has a wonderfully open and airy feel reminiscent of a traditional glasshouse which combines a sense of theater and elegance. Surrounded by luscious green plant life and large windows which allow the light to reflect off the globe pendant lamps, it is a calming yet indulgent stop on any Monaco break.
The name behind Bagatelle’s culinary delights is executive chef Rocco Seminara who has trained under visionary restauranteur Alain Ducasse. His famed dishes include lobster ceviche with finely sliced grapefruit, lemon, bloody orange and lime with avocado cream and garden herbs. To start the evening with a bang head mixologist Jeremy Verneveaux has created a tantalizing cocktail menu to complement the mouthwatering food menu. The signature cocktail is a fresh concoction of Beluga Noble, Xante liquor, homemade ginger syrup, lime, pear and a splash of ginger beer.
Opened in May 2017, the restaurant’s design quickly garnered international attention and was awarded ‘Best Restaurant Design’ at the iDogi International Awards 2017 which celebrates the best achievements in design of the year. Bagatelle Monte Carlo’s fusion of dramatic design with exceptional food and drink has now placed the venue as one of the best restaurants in Monaco, making it more than worthy of a sumptuous night of dinner and drinks when visiting the luxurious principality.
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