I seriously doubt judging from its prices ($285 a person) and its location (overlooking the Mediterranean on the French Riviera) that Mirazur serves a quarter-pounder. If they do, I presume it is now called a “quarter-mooner.” A half-order of pasta? A “half-moon,” of course.
But according to its website, the restaurant, judged the world’s best in 2019, now boasts that its menus are “inspired by the biodynamic lunar calendar.” Translation: Mirazur is now serving food according to the phases of the moon.
Mauro Colagreco, the owner and first foreign chef to earn the maximum three Michelin stars in France, said “he decided to make the leap during the coronavirus lockdown as he sought solace in his vegetable patch,” according to the wire service Agence France-Presse.
“I did not see myself reopening in the same way that I had closed three months earlier,” Colagreco is quoted as having said, adding that his culinary mission is “not in changing the style of my cooking,” which is Italian-Argentinian, but “the soul of the restaurant.” Accordingly since its reopening on June 12, Mirazur has been featuring menus based on “flowers, fruit, leaves, and roots, all intricately linked to the lunar cycle.”
On “leaf days”, for example, when the moon is rising, the leaves that go with the alpine lamb and algae strudel would be at their best.
And on a flower day, when the moon is in any of the air signs, shrimps with rose petals, rhubarb and almond milk is likely to tickle the tastebuds that bit more.
So will the restaurant offering moon pies for dessert? At $285 a pop, let’s hope not.