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  • Writer's pictureNicole Ruskell

Enjoy Michelin-starred YOSHI sushi by the pool in Monaco

This summer, enjoy the French Riviera's finest sushi pool-side at the YOSHI pop-up on the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo's Odyssey Terrace.

Karl Lagerfeld, designer of Odyssey at the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo © Emanuele Scorcelletti

What do Karl Lagerfeld, Monaco, sushi and pools all have in common? This summer’s special YOSHI pool-side pop-up at the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo.

Designed by Karl Lagerfeld, the Odyssey pool terrace is easily one of the chicest places on earth to enjoy a swim, or better yet, lounge pool-side and not bother to get yourself wet. Gorgeous by day, this enchanting space feels other-worldly by night, the lush palm trees and white canopy beds illuminated by the blue light of the pool, marked by diamond-like sparkles.

Now, this is the setting for the finest sushi not only in Monaco but the entire Riviera (one could easily argue the entire Mediterranean). YOSHI, the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo’s Michelin-starred sushi restaurant, is making a guest appearance this summer as a ‘Pop-up’ dinner al fresco.

Since 17 June, diners have been enjoying Chef Takeo Yamazaki’s creations around the illuminated pool. His incredible menu featuring ingredient-driven dishes are prepared with the freshest premium produce, expertly prepared by his hand-selected team. Nigiri, maki, sashimi, and fish or meat prepared on the Teppanyaki are taken to creative heights and yet remain pure and simple. It’s no wonder YOSHI has been awarded a Michelin star - the only such honour bestowed to a Japanese restaurant anywhere along the Hexagon’s coast.

To accompany your outdoor sushi odyssey, the special pop-up menu also features selection of inventive cocktails and the finest sakés, whisky and Japanese green teas selected by the Head Sommelier.

Two of his signatures’ dishes are praised by customers: EBI SHINJO (top left - shrimp balls with kombu) and GHINDARA (top right - black cod marinated 72 hours). Photos ©StudioPhenix. The Sashimi plate, bottom ©BGalli.

Chef Takeo Yamazaki of Restaurant YOSHI at Hotel Metropole
Chef Takeo Yamazaki of Restaurant YOSHI at Hotel Metropole ©B.Touillon

The road to Monaco

Chef Takeo Yamazaki started working as a cook in a small town on the outskirts of Tokyo. But it was his eventual meeting with the legendary French Chef Joël Robuchon that kicked-off to his career. Yamazaki opened Joël Robuchon's "L'Atelier" in Tokyo and was also responsible for opening L'Atelier in London and Hong Kong. In 2008, he launched YOSHI after spending 7 months working with chef Kokin Aoyagi, one of Japan's most brilliant chefs, in a small town in Tokushima.

Chef Yamazaki has now been delighting YOSHI customers for 14 years at the intimate ground-floor restaurant within the stately entrance to the hotel. What prompted this sudden move to the roof? According to Genereal Manager Serge Ethuin, it was the clientele, in fact, who requested an ‘al fresco’ setting for their favourite sushi. After a consultation with Odyssey’s Chef Christophe Cussac, the temporary interruption of the regular pool-side menu (still available for lunch) was initiated.

Metropole GM Ethuin believes that the legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld would be proud that his designed terrace is the backdrop to Chef Yamazaki’s creations, as he considered YOSHI the best Japanese restaurant in Europe.

YOSHI @ Odyssey is open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 7:30pm to 10:30pm (until the end of September). Make sure to make reservations well in advance, as this exclusive spot is quite popular!

4 Av. de la Madone

98000 Monaco

For booking, please call: +377 93 15 13 13




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