TAERA, a fresh new Venezuelan restaurant concept headed up by the talented Victoria Vallenilla, is set to open at the Hôtel de Paris in October. Here’s what we know so far.
It has been a very busy year for Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer (SBM) when it comes to new restaurants, reopenings and renovations, so perhaps it is no surprise that little noise has been made about TAERA as yet.
However, we do have some information on this new gourmet destination, including its launch date: Thursday 12th October.
The Venezuelan cuisine-led eatery will be located on the Patio of the Hôtel de Paris and it will be open daily from noon until 7pm, thus providing a “Salon de Thé” style service, but with its own strong South American twist.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Chef Victoria Vallenilla, a name that fans of the vibrant COYA Monte-Carlo might recognise, will be in charge of the kitchen, which is set to serve up traditional Venezuelan dishes steeped in “colour and originality”.
Vallenilla was born in Caracus in Venezuela, but grew up on the Isla Margarita in the Caribbean, so her personal style has an element of fusion. This background certainly helped Vallenilla play to her strengths at COYA, which she has been at the helm of since 2021, but her connections to Monaco go back a little further.
The 30-year-old started off in the Principality at the Vistamar of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo under Joël Garault and later Benoît Witz. From there, she took up at post at Alain Ducasse’s Trattoria before joining COYA as a junior member in 2018.
“Victoria’s joyful cuisine traces a history rich in flavors, offering authentic dishes revisited with creativity,” reads the incoming restaurant’s excerpt. “The menu is an invitation to gastronomic exploration, highlighting the Arepa, a corn pancake garnished with salmon, burrata and caviar, or pulled meat… A subtle balance between modernity and heritage to enhance the flavours.”
As always with restaurants managed by SBM, the design and décor of the space has been given as much thought as the menu. Although no images of TAERA have been released yet, it is described as a “lively and warm” locale decorated with frescos painted by South American artist Viviana Grondona.
Stay tuned for more information on Monaco’s latest restaurant as we get it!
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Photo credit: Monte-Carlo SBM