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TAERA Monte-Carlo: A Gastronomic Odyssey in the Heart of Venezuela

October 16, 2023
TAERA Monte-Carlo: A Gastronomic Odyssey in the Heart of Venezuela

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Nestled in the luxurious Patio of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, TAERA Monte-Carlo offers an unprecedented immersion into the cultural and culinary richness of Venezuela. This pop-up restaurant is a true celebration of traditional Venezuelan cuisine, reimagined with a modern touch.

At the helm of this gastronomic adventure is the talented Victoria Vallenilla, who, after leading the kitchen of COYA Monte-Carlo, launches this innovative concept. Originally from the paradise island of Margarita, Victoria draws from the flavors of her youth to offer an unforgettable culinary experience. She states: "Each bite is an ode to the memorable flavors of my childhood." The bold and colorful menu highlights authentic dishes such as the Arepa, a traditional corn cake filled with salmon, burrata & caviar, or shredded meat.

The ambiance of the restaurant perfectly reflects its cuisine: lively, warm, and authentic. The furniture, designed by local artisans, blends sculptural wood, shimmering copper, solid stone and delicate linen. The vibrant frescoes by South American artist Viviana Grondona add a touch of brilliance, celebrating Venezuelan culture.

Adding to its uniqueness, TAERA Monte-Carlo introduces a pioneering dining concept to the Principality. The restaurant opens its doors at lunchtime and remains open until the evening, offering continuous service throughout the day. This non-stop service approach is the first of its kind in Monaco, ensuring that patrons can indulge in the exquisite Venezuelan flavors at any time, from midday to night, without interruption. This innovative approach not only caters to the diverse schedules of its clientele but also sets a new standard for dining experiences in the region.

Victoria Vallenilla, born in Caracas, discovered her passion for cooking thanks to her nanny, whom she considers the best cook. After hotel studies and several culinary experiences, including at Vistamar of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo and at Alain Ducasse's Trattoria, Victoria joined the brigade of COYA Monte-Carlo in 2018. In 2021, she was appointed head chef of the brigade, a crowning achievement for this passionate young cook.

TAERA Monte-Carlo is not just a simple pop-up restaurant. It's a multisensory experience, where art, culture, and gastronomy come together to offer an unforgettable journey into the heart of Venezuela.

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