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Never stop eating: from Meribel to Courchevel with a couple of Michelin stars thrown in

07 Jan 2018

It’s not just about the snow. Whether we admit it to ourselves, or not, skiing is also about the eating. Gone are the days of overcooked cheese fondue and day old chips; mountain dining can be as decadent as any capital city. Here we have our top tips for incredible mountain dining after you have enjoyed the very best ski area in the world. From Meribel to Courchevel, with a couple of Michelin stars thrown in, you can dine on piste and off piste to your heart’s desire.

Le Farcon


Le Farçon is set at the foot of the slopes, 1,400 meters above sea level. Chef Julien Machet is at the helm of this restaurant, warmly welcoming all his guests. The restaurant offers a modern Savoyard setting and has been Michelin-starred since 2006. And rightly so. Find it on the snow of La Tania, between Méribel and Courchevel. Mountain delights will ensue!

 

 

La Bouitte, St Martin de Belleville ***


La Bouitte is listed as the first restaurant in Savoie region to be awarded 3 stars by the Michelin Guide. The owners, René and Maxime, make an impressive double act. They've been working together for over 20 years and celebrated La Bouitte's 40th anniversary at the end of 2016. This self-taught father and son team has developed a creative and subtle cuisine. Described as genuine and irreverent it draws inspiration from the culinary traditions of Savoie while paying homage to them.

 

 

L’Oxalys, Val Thorens ***


Chef Jean Suplice, who was trained by the renowned Marc Veyrat, has overseen L’Oxalys restaurant since 2002. Inspired by the rich culinary traditions of the Savoy region it has become one of the highest starred restaurants in Europe enabling Jean Suplice to disprove those who had claimed that gastronomy at high altitude would never work.

 

 

 

La Fruitière @ La Folie Douce 


With its stylish décor of white enamel milk churns, exposed zinc pipework, antique tiling and dairy-styled fittings, La Fruitiere has a special atmosphere. Head chef Franck Mischler offers something equally special with his fine yet rich cuisine. The menu is locally sourced inviting customers to explore the wealth of regional Savoyard delicacies. La Fruitiere transforms simple fare into a wholesome, gourmet experience.

 

 

 

L’Allodis 


Nestled high up on the slopes of Méribel, the Hotel Allodis "skis aux pieds" welcomes guests straight from the slopes to a cozy mountain retreat. Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner you can start your day in Méribel with Viennese pastries, aromas of fresh fruits or Savoyard sausages. Wait for lunch and dine on the terrace with exceptional panoramic views. Or wait for dinner and indulge in the delicate and refined flavors by chef Philip Vrignaud. They say “Sharpen your taste buds for high flavors!” We say “Yes please!”.


 

Le Coeur de Cristal 


Located on the Rhodos piste this little chalet restaurant offers fine food and a great wine list. For lunch enjoy traditional tartares, salads or burgers and the "Coté Piste". It is also a great place for après-ski, with a party on the terrace everyday from 16:00 until sunset. They serve dinner upon reservation which includes a snowcat ride up to the restaurant!

 

 

Le Clos Bernard


Le Clos Bernard is located in Méribel on the edge of a forest. Accessible on foot (a 10 min walk from the car park) this magical setting offers an unforgettable setting. Savour grilled meats from a wood burning open fire and an abundance of Savoyard specialties. All their produce is carefully selected from local producers offering you the finest local cuisine. Open lunchtimes and evenings, with speciality events throughout the season.
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La Bouitte, Saint Martin de Belleville.

Le Grand Coeur 

Dinner is a very special occasion at Le Grand Cœur restaurant. Chef Marc Dach has been in charge of the Le Grand Cœur kitchens since December 1991, offering a gourmet twist to many traditional dishes. His delightfully original, traditional cuisine is guaranteed to delight even the most demanding palate. He works his inspirational magic with ever-changing, always creative, gourmet menus, coupled with wine cellars offering more than 400 different wines. Every aspect of your dining experience has been taken care of. Enjoy!

 

Chez KiKi

Nearly half a century ago, Kiki’s first Cote de Boeuf was grilled in the main chimney of this restaurant. Since then, thanks to his incomparable welcome, Kiki has become a living legend in Meribel. A friendly little Savoyard, who remained faithful to his stoves until his 88th birthday (when he decided to hand over to his right hands, Laurianne and David), Kiki is a legend in Les Trois Vallees. The enticing menu is so much more than just delicious Côte de Boeuf grilled on a wood burning fire. Although if it was just Côte de Boeuf it would still be worth the visit! #BoutiqueLoves

 

Bistro du Praz, Le Praz

Le Bistrot du Praz is open every day from 11:30 welcoming guests to its tables. Located at the foot of the slopes of the Praz, accessible from Courchevel, it’s hard to find much on this restaurant if you search for it online. What you will find is hundreds of 5* reviews and mentions of delicious foie gras, crispy suckling pig, fresh tagliatelle, lobster bolognaise and fondue Savoyarde. Excellent service and dedicated returning customers makes this a must do for your dining to do list.

 

Le Plantain, Meribel Village

Le Platain in Meribel is a unique restaurant in an authentic setting. It is just a 5 minute drive from Meribel or La Tania but you can also ski there at lunchtime and will be dropped back to piste after your meal! Offering a wonderful location, the restaurant terrace offers spectacular views of the Meribel mountains. Le Plantin has quickly established itself as one of the restaurants in the 3 Valleys  with its combination of fine cuisine, excellent service and gorgeous décor (a stunning mix of elegant chic and traditional Savoyard). Their talented chef Ludovic Lebaillif has worked in some of Europe’s top restaurants, including Heston Blumenthal’s, and has designed a gourmet menu full of unusual and creative dishes. Open both for lunch and dinner, Le Plantin is definitely worth a little effort to find it!

 

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Author: Claire Garber



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