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Your favourite sushi restaurants in Monaco

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MoshiMoshi was one of the Monegasque establishments our readers recommended. ©MoshiMoshi

We polled you on the subject on Facebook. 

Among the many types of food to be found in Monaco, the Japanese culinary art is celebrated in several Monegasque restaurants. Among the classic Nihon ryōri or washoku dishes, to give them the traditional Japanese name, sushi has conquered the world, whereas it is only an occasional meal in Japan itself. We have asked vinegar rice enthusiasts to share their favourite addresses.

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For eating outdoors, By Kodera at the market: fresh, made to order, refined.” This comment was echoed by many others about the Place d’Armes restaurant, in the La Condamine Market’s food court. Opened in 2015, MC By Kodera was the first Japanese restaurant to become an appointed supplier to the Prince of Monaco in 2017. “Our restaurant’s concept is that even in Monaco, you feel like you are in Japan,” such was the ambition of this estiablishment, which seems to have won over its clientele. On the sushi front, fish takes pride of place. Sea bass, sea bream, amberjack, salmon, tuna, cuttlefish, squid… You can choose à la carte and prices range from around €5 per piece, up to €9.50 for scallop sushi. As for the Maki, they cost between €9 and €14 for six, alongside the different sushi platters.

  • Closed on Sunday and Monday evening
  • La Condamine food hall

Next we head to Rue Plati, above the Promenade Honoré II. This is where Monaki opened in early 2021 with  a different kind of service: takeaway and delivery only. And successfully so, as this reader tells us: “At Monaki, you can’t sit in but everything is fresh, delivery is fast, it’s not too expensive, it’s ideal for sushi.” A dozen or so readers agreed. In fact the establishment was voted “Best Sushi” by Monte-Carlo Gastronomie trade fair, which will soon be returning to the Chapiteau de Fontvieille. And on the menu at Monaki, platters, sushi and California rolls of all kinds, at an affordable price, ranging from 18 sushis for €16 to 71 for €80.

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  • Monday to Friday: 11 am – 1.30 pm / 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
  • 3 Rue Plati, 98000 Monaco

Let’s head back to the Port de Fontvieille and pop in to MoshiMoshi, which several of you recommend. “The sushi is made in front of us. So fresh, straight into our mouths.” A good advertisement for the «sushi bar» that is looking to combine Japanese cuisine and Mediterranean flavours. There is table service for lunch and dinner, with a slightly different menu. In both cases, maki, nigiri and sashimi are available at prices ranging from €7 to €20. The restaurant’s speciality is the MoshiMoshi roll, from 8-piece rolls with salmon, breaded shrimp, shredded crab or tuna tartare. Costing from €19 to €29, several varieties of the famous rolls are only available in the evening.

  • Open Monday to Saturday for lunch: noon to 3 pm
  • For dinner from Monday to Thursday: 7 pm – 10.30 pm
  • For dinner Friday and Saturday: 7 pm – 11 pm
  • 32 Quai Jean-Charles Rey, 98000 Monaco

While these three establishments got a unanimous vote, a few others also got a mention from our readers. Beginning with one of the most upmarket in the Principality, Yoshi, at the Hôtel Métropole. This is where Chef Takeo Yamazaki provides set menus that include sushi and sashimi, as well as a rich à la carte menu where, however, prices are higher, on account of the exceptional quality of what is served. Expect to pay between € 19 and €59 for eight California rolls and up to €185 for a selection of 25 pieces of sushi.

  • Open Tuesday to Saturday, for lunch from 12.15 pm to 2 pm and dinner from 7.30 pm to 10 pm.
  • Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo

Let’s stay in the same price range with Buddha-Bar Monte-Carlo, where Asian cuisine is prepared by Monegasque Chef Eric Guillemaud. You can try the “sushi experience” with sashimi, rolls and crispies ranging from €20 to €30. A more « traditional » menu is also available, featuring salmon, avocado, shrimp and cucumber.

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  • Open from 6 pm to 2 am from Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Place du Casino, 98000, Monaco

The final recommendation from our readers is the MayaBay, which opened in 2007 as a gourmet Japanese restaurant, with Thai cuisine being introduced in 2009. Today, the two culinary styles feature on the menu where nearly 180 dishes are on offer, including a number with sushi. Hosomaki, Urumaki, Sashimi, Nigiri… The restaurant offers a wide choice, including a rich selection of seafood items, but also meat such as urumaki tempura with Japanese wagyu, with 8 pieces for €47. Most of the menu is more affordable in this highly rated Principality establishment.

  • Open Tuesday to Saturday from noon to 11 pm.
  • Le Rocabella, 24 Av. Princesse Grace, 98000 Monaco
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