Regular followers of our blog will know that we’re used to telling you about the lodge, it’s facilities and standards. This time, we’ve got something different to tell you about…
Whilst Francesco’s delicious food makes for memorable lodge dining, you’ll want to make sure that your mountain lunches and your one evening dining in the resort are excellent too. Here’s our round up of our seven favourite restaurants…
Le Pointe de Nyon
Under new ownership for this coming winter season, Le Pointe de Nyon sits tall and proud on the Nyon plateau, with stunning views over the valley. It’s a very sunny spot so don’t forget your sunscreen! New proprietor Luce is locally reknowned for her speciality dishes and if you’re looking for a hearty, traditional mountain lunch then you won’t be disappointed – we’ve taste checked them ourselves just to be sure! Le Pointe de Nyon is also a handy coffee stop and because it’s a very short walk from the top of the Nyon Telecabine, is a great meeting point if you have non-skiers in your group.
You certainly won’t stumble across this restaurant during your winter holiday in Morzine as it’s tucked into the Col d’Encrenaz at (as it’s name suggests) 1490m. The restaurant has a very exclusive ‘best kept secret’ feel about it, which is why we think lodge guests will love it! On the menu are boozy fondues, Savoyarde favourites, delicious speciality steaks and lots of crisp white wines. Advance booking is required at Alt. 1940 Exclusif, so if you’d like to head there, just let us know and we’ll book a table and arrange transport for you.
Recently refurbished to create a very smart, modern dining space, La Chamade is in the centre of Morzine, just opposite Le Coup de Coeur wine bar (they share the same owners!). On the menu there’s pizzas, steaks and speciality ribs, as well as delicious seafood dishes, fondue and tartiflette. Head Chef Thierry is something of a local celebrity, having published his own cook books, and he’s hotly tipped for a Michelin star in the future. We’d recommend the 1st floor, linen dressed tables, where the pace is slower, the service excellent and the views from above street level are great.
It’s not just BaBeth herself that makes us recommend this rather crazy, memorable restaurant, which sits in the Plane Dranse bowl, near the Chaux de Rose chairlift. The food is out of this world too. This really is a unique experience – chairs are lined with furs, Christmas tree lights twickle… it’s like joining Santa for lunch in his grotto.
Situated within the Hotel Le Samoyede opposite the Office de Tourisme in Morzine, Michelin stars have also been suggested for Head Chef Alexandre. This really is top-notch Morzine dining at it’s very best. The menu is unashamably gourmet from start to finish, we’d recommend the 7 course tasting menu with accompanying wines and booking an ealier rather than a later table to make the most of the whole experience.
When you arrive at L’Etale in the centre of Morzine you’ll quickly discover why it’s one of the resort’s most popular restaurants. To begin with, it’s huge, with a large heated terrace outside and two floors of dining inside. The menu is also staggeringly huge, with something for everyone. From fondue to pad thai, pizza to steak tartare and spare ribs to salads, you’ll be spoint for choice.
Owner Christian is something of a local celebrity around these parts and his charm and character make Le Vaffieu one of the most popular piste-side restaurants in the area. During the springtime, a terrace table for lunch at Le Vaffieu is one of the hottest tickets in town so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment! Le Vaffieu is located on the plateau at the top of the Pleney and is an easy walk for non-skiers.
If you’re looking for a particular style of food, dining or service during your holiday with us in Morzine, please do let us know as we’d be happy to recommend a restaurant to meet your requirements.