Méribel Mountain Restaurants
Mountain restaurants chosen by Colin to complement your skiing!
Over the past 30 years, Colin has experienced a whole range of restaurants in Les Trois Vallées, from the fabulous La Bouitte (now with its three Michelin stars) in under-stated Saint Marcel (just above St.Martin de Belleville), run by charming locals René & Maxime Meilleur; to the typically Savoyard-built Les Crêtes at the top of Tougnète (just along from the chairlifts that come up from Méribel & St.Martin) run by the incorrigible Jojo, now ably supported by daughter Géraldine; over to the ever-popular Le Bouc Blanc, which has been extended this year by Christine and her son, located at the top of the Gondola lift from La Tania.
The Belleville Valley has some restaurants of great character, such as quirky Chez Alfred, on the Piste above Reberty (Les Menuires), L’Ours Blanc at Reberty with fine views over to the Lac du Lou; Chez Pépé Nicolas developed out of an old mountain milking station & serving the finest local cuisine (due to have its own Piste in winter 2015-16); Val Thorens features the Oxalys (with its own eponymous 2 star Michelin chef Jean Sulpice) & La Marine up on the Piste, as well as its own Folie Douce & La Fruitière restaurant.
In the Vallée des Allues (Méribel) above Mottaret is Chez Pépé Roger at the half-way of the Pas du Lac Gondola; & down at La Chaudanne in Méribel is Les Castors & La Cantine d’Alvar, with an old favourite the Adray-Télébar just up the Piste, as well as La Fruitière in La Folie Douce half way up the Burgin-Saulire gondola; Le Roc Tania at the top of La Loze chairlift is another excellently placed location for fine fayre as you head to or from Courchevel. Le Blanchot at the Méribel Altiport remains a quality stop too and if you fancy a Hotel lunch stop then do try Le Yéti at Rond Point & the bar and restaurant "Le 80 " at the four star Hotel La Chaudanne is highly recommended.
Over in Courchevel are the Bel Air at the top of 1650’s gondola, the Pilatus at the Altiport, La Soucoupe above 1850 & down in Le Praz (1300) La Table de Mon Grand Père run by my friend Norbert Gacon, as well as Julien Machet’s Le Farçon in La Tania. L’Oueil de Boeuf at 1550 is small & full of character too. Those of you looking to empty your pockets can try le Chalet de Pierres on the green Verdons Piste heading into Courchevel 1850 or the Cap Horn situated in the middle of a mountain activity centre just above the Courchevel Altiport and there are many fine restaurants in the hotels too, of which the Chabichou is one of the oldest and best known with Chef & owner Michel Rochedy.
In fact the choices go on & on...
Bon Ski et Bon Appetit!